CMS Follows California in Extending Obamacare Deadline to Dec. 23

A day after Covered California extended the sign-up deadline for Obamacare health policies starting on Jan, 1, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opted to follow suit, giving consumers nationwide another eight days for enrolling on HealthCare.gov. The new deadline for policies commencing on New Year's Day is Dec. 23, up from Dec. 15, […]

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HHS Delays Enrollment Period for Year Two of Obamacare

Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to delay the start of the second year of Obamacare enrollment by one month to allow insurers more time to set rates after assessing their plan experiences during 2014, a department official informed Bloomberg Business News Thursday night. Translated, this means that instead of an Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2014, […]

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Three 20-Year-Olds Build Better Obamacare Mouse Trap

If you build it, they will come, and some two million have already visited thehealthsherpa.com, a site built in three days that uses data from HealthCare.gov to provide almost instantaneous quotes on Obamacare health insurance policies. The site, coded by three 20-year-olds in just three days drawing from a HealthCare.gov data feed, is simplicity incarnate. […]

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Bowing to Pressure, Obama to Allow Customers to ‘Keep Your Policy’

After a couple of weeks of massaging his original vow that "if you like your policy, you can keep your policy," President Obama bowed to the reality that millions of people couldn't keep their insurance policies under the rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and unveiled a fix for the problem today — insurers […]

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Fewer Than 50,000 Sign Up for Obamacare on HealthCare.gov

While the federal government rushes to fix the bugs in its HealthCare.gov online Marketplace, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that fewer than 50,000 persons had enrolled in health care on the site through Nov. 1. HealthCare.gov serves customers in the 36 states that declined to establish their own health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, under […]

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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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