Drug Copay Cards Legal Under Obamacare, HHS Rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), declaring that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn't a federal health care program like Medicare or Medicaid, has ruled that pharmaceutical companies are free to offer drug copay cards to Obamacare policyholders. Issuing such cards to Medicare and Medicaid participants is still illegal, however. Copay cards are […]

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Some 7 Million to Qualify for Free, Non-Medicaid Health Care

The New York Times reports today that some 7 million Americans will be able to receive free or almost-free non-Medicaid health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Health plans will be available for zero or next-to-zero cost after federal subsidies for those who fall just above the income threhold for Medicaid enrollment, the Times […]

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Expiring Individual Health Plans Going Bye-Bye Under Obamacare

Bloomberg and other news sources are reporting that private health insurance plans carried by hundreds of thousands of Americans are being canceled prior to the start of the New Year, thrusting most of these policyholders onto the Marketplaces to find new insurance. Cancelation notices have already begun arriving in the mail for some of the […]

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Sunday Blackout Hits Obamacare Online Marketplaces Nationwide

A data center serving the Obamacare Marketplace websites in 14 state-operated exchanges as well as the nationwide HealthCare.gov site went down Sunday, blocking all online health insurance sign-up operations throughout the country. The data center, operated by Verizon's Terramark division, experienced a connectivity problem early Sunday that severed access to the federal databases needed for […]

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IRS Health Insurance Penalty Deadline Extended Six Weeks

Due to a conflict between the date that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said individuals must have health insurance or face a tax penalty and the date that the Marketplaces will cease selling coverage, the administration has pushed back the penalty date by six weeks. Both dates have now been set at March 31, 2014, […]

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Snowden Out, Verizon In as HHS Seeks Fixes to HealthCare.Gov

Over the weekend, NSA secrets-leaker Edward Snowden claimed to have hacked into HeathCare.gov, the federal Obamacare Marketplace site, and said he could fix it in exchange for immunity against prosecution for stealing government files. Though Snowden was spurned, telecom giant Verizon evidently was called in to help fix things. "Our team is bringing in some […]

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Obamacare Marketplaces Total 476,000 Applicants So Far

According to documents received by the Associated Press (AP), the Obamacare Marketplaces nationwide so far have seen 476,000 individuals sign up out of a visit total of 16 million, but the government won't say how many of those applicants actually enrolled in health care insurance. An enrollment report has been promised for mid-November. The sign-ups […]

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Early Pioneer in E-Health Records, VA Faces Serious Breach Problems

The largest health care provider in the United States with 8.8 million patients, the Veterans Administration (VA) is grappling with a series of breach violations of its health records. The VA is an early pioneer in keeping health records electronically, a goal envisioned and empowered by Obamacare for all health care providers. Now, it turns […]

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Obamacare Update: HHS Secretary Doesn’t Know How Many Have Enrolled

So far, most reports from both the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces since their opening on Oct. 1 have focused on "accounts created," not on policies sold. In fact, when asked point blank how many Americans had enrolled in health plans through the exchanges while appearing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Monday […]

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Federal Health Care Site Down for Repairs

The HealthCare.gov website, gateway for health insurance coverage under Obamacare for tens of millions of American without state-operated exchanges, is down for off-hour repairs this weekend following days of difficulties after the Oct. 1 launch. The government has yet to release enrollment figures but is officially gloating about “record demand in the first days of […]

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