Judge Stays His Obamacare Ruling While Appeals Take Place

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor on Sunday put a stay on his ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is unconstitutional while appeals are being prepared and heard. The Ft. Worth-based judge issued his ruling on Dec. 14, the day before the 2019 open enrollment season was to end. The decision was based […]

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IRS Unable to Reclaim $1B in False Obamacare Subsidy Claims

Some 87 percent of Obamacare participants receive subsidies to offset the premiums for their health insurance, with the total of subsidies claimed — based on applicants’ stated income while applying — running at $27 billion a year. In the latest accounting, $3.7 billion of that outlay was based on false or outdated claims, of which […]

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Maryland Lawsuit Seeks to Counter Texas Obamacare Ruling

Arguments were heard Wednesday in a federal district court in Baltimore over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), where the Obama-appointed judge is certain to find every aspect of the law completely viable and constitutional. The same lawsuit seeks to unseat acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on grounds that his […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment on HealthCare.gov Comes In at 8.5 Million

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the weekly enrollment snapshot through the Dec. 15 midnight Eastern Time deadline for the 2019 Open Enrollment Period, and the preliminary data show enrollment remained steady. Open Enrollment for 2019 coverage ended with approximately 8.5 million people enrolled compared to 8.8 million people at the […]

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Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal District Judge

Texas Federal District Judge Reed O’Connor, who a few years ago struck down the Obama-era “one-bathroom-fits-all” rule for public schools, has this day ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is unconstitutional. Immediate appeals are expected, and the White House has signaled that the law will remain in effect, while at the same […]

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CMS Gives States Power to Refashion Obamacare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of the Treasury issued new guidance on Nov. 29, allowing states to move their insurance markets away from what they called the “one-size-fits-all” rules and regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and increase choice and competition within their insurance markets. […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Reaches Nearly 2 Million

In week three of the 2019 Open Enrollment, 748,244 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform, bringing the total to 1,924,476. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday.  Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year. Every week during Open Enrollment, the Centers for […]

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Whither the Lawsuit Against Obamacare?

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Ft. Worth, Texas, heard arguments two months ago over a Texas-led coalition’s contention that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is no longer constitutional now that the individual mandate has lost its “tax-like” monetary penalty. But the judge has yet to rule, though in the past — […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow

The window for signing up for health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2019, closes at the end of Obamacare open enrollment on Dec. 15 of this year, following the opening of the federal exchange — HealthCare.gov — tomorrow. While this opening is of somewhat limited interest to applicable large employers (ALEs) — those companies with […]

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Grants Awarded for Obamacare Navigators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $10 million in Navigator grants to 39 organizations that will serve as Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchange states. These awards will support the work of organizations that offer assistance to consumers navigating, shopping for, and enrolling in health insurance coverage for 2019. “We are committed to making […]

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