Amid Repeal and Replace Talk, Obamacare Enrollments Crater

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed this week that enrollment in Obamacare health plans dropped half a million from the year before, and came in 1.7 million below expectations, with 12.2 million enrollees by the Jan. 31 end of open enrollment. Expectations were for 13.8 million. Four of every five who signed […]

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House Republicans Release Obamacare Replacement Plan

On Monday (March 6), Republican leadership in the House of Representatives unveiled their plan to replace Obamacare with a program that relies heavily on tax credits and expanded options with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Under the plan, no one can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, and adult children can stay on […]

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Trump Orders Obamacare Advertising to Stop

In the few days remaining before Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) enrollment ends on Jan. 31, President Trump has ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pull all advertising for the health care program. HHS spokespersons refused to confirm the White House order, but those speaking anonymously said the directive included […]

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Death by a Thousand Cuts — or One Executive Action — to Obamacare

Shortly after signing an executive order barring any new regulations by federal agencies, President Donald J. Trump signed another order that mandates his agencies to “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the [Affordable Care] Act [ACA]” that they deem to burden individuals, insurers, health-care providers, or […]

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Obamacare Popularity Picks Up as the End Nears

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows for the first time that those who think the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) is a “good idea” outweigh those who think it’s a “bad idea,” 45 to 41 percent. It was the first positive poll result for the health care program since it was announced […]

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Poll Shows Widespread Support for Obamacare Overhaul, Possible Replacement

While President-elect Donald Trump announced key appointments to posts responsible for the nation’s health care policies, a Gallup poll continued a yearslong indication of public discontent with Obamacare. Some 53 percent of those polled in November dislike the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while only 42 percent approve, figures relatively unchanged since the ACA passed in […]

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At Least 8.4 Million to Face Stiff Health Care Premium Hikes

At least 8.4 million consumers buying health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 will bear the brunt of the across-the-board premium increases health insurers set for 2017 policies, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Seven million of them will be those who purchase policies outside the federal and state health insurance […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Today

Open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov, opens today with millions of people facing huge premium increases along with a loss of options. In Arizona, for instance, consumers will have the choice of just one insurer in all but a single county, and in Southwest Florida residents also have just one […]

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HHS Forges Partnerships to Promote Obamacare Open Enrollment

Ahead of the fourth Open Enrollment period, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a commitment from seventeen companies to support enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. These companies will connect freelance professionals, entrepreneurs and customers with information and resources to encourage enrollment in affordable coverage throughout the Open Enrollment period beginning Nov. […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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