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Why Obamacare May Have Trouble Signing Up As Many Uninsured Next Year

(340) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Obamacare made huge strides in extending health coverage to millions of uninsured people in its first year. Keeping up that momentum could be challenging.

An estimated 54 million Americans are still uninsured. But many of those who haven't yet been helped by the Affordable Care Act might be some of...

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Companies Predict Small 2015 Health Cost Rise -- With A Catch

(72) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Large employers expect their health care expenses to rise a modest amount next year, but they plan to continue requiring workers to pay a growing share of the cost of medical care, according to survey findings released Wednesday.

The cost of job-based health insurance at big companies will go up...

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Obamacare At Risk For 310,000 Who Must Provide Proof Of Citizenship, Immigration Status

(41) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:41 PM

President Barack Obama's administration is contacting 310,000 Obamacare enrollees starting Tuesday to warn them that they must verify they are U.S. citizens or legal residents -- or their benefits will be cut off.

In letters being delivered in English and Spanish, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services instructs the...

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In States Where It's Wanted, Obamacare Is Working Well

(563) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Obamacare is already making a big difference in the states that actually embraced it.

States that expanded Medicaid and created their own health insurance exchanges, or worked closely with the federal government to cover more people, have shown the largest drops in their uninsured rates this year, according to a...

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Congress Could Easily Fix A Huge Obamacare Problem. It Won't

(604) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 7:39 AM

WASHINGTON -- A handful of simple words in a piece of legislation could prevent more than 4 million people losing their health insurance, but Congress isn't going to write them.

At issue are several lawsuits against Obamacare moving through the legal system that may go all the way...

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Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever, Poll Shows

(1605) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, the highest share since President Barack Obama's health care reforms became law more than four years ago, according to survey findings released Friday.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's health care tracking poll for July reveals that 53 percent of people...

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Obamacare Prices In California Only Going Up A Little Next Year

(106) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Nearly nine in 10 Californians with a plan purchased through the state's health insurance exchange will see price increases of less than 8 percent next year, the exchange, Covered California, announced Thursday.

The weighted average rate across California will be 4.2 percent higher than this year....

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Health Insurers Set To Give Out More Obamacare Refunds

(86) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- An obscure Obamacare feature may net health insurance customers $332 million this year.

That's the total insurance companies will have to give back to customers this year under an Affordable Care Act provision designed to keep companies from overcharging consumers, the Department of Health and Human Services announced...

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More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say

(247) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:07 PM

The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of Obamacare enrollment, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Harvard School of Public Health, published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

That represents a reduction...

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Calm Down, Everyone. Two GOP Judges Didn't Annihilate Obamacare

(256) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:59 PM

On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued totally opposing rulings on a pair of lawsuits challenging Obamacare, one of which would tear apart the law and jeopardize health insurance coverage for millions of people who signed up.

You might find that a bit troubling, especially if you're one of those...

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This Is How Much More Your Health Insurance Could Cost If Two Republican Judges Get Their Way

(335) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:42 AM

President Barack Obama suffered a setback Tuesday in a legal battle that threatens to unravel his health care reform law. A federal appeals court panel, led by two Republican-appointed judges and opposed by one Democratic appointee, voted that ambiguous wording in the the Affordable Care Act means residents...

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Two Republican Judges Gut Obamacare, Threatening Health Care For Millions

(2751) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court have ruled that the equivalent of a typo is enough to strip health care subsidies from up to 5 million people, dealing what would be a death blow to the Affordable Care Act if the decision is allowed to stand....

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How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare

(433) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:36 AM

No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care of sick people.

Health insurance companies, even those that are not-for-profit, have to...

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In States That Didn't Expand Medicaid, It's As If Obamacare Doesn't Even Exist For The Poor

(392) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:58 PM

Twenty-five states didn't take up the Obamacare Medicaid expansion at the beginning of this year, and the results speak for themselves: A new survey shows more than one-third of their lowest-income residents remain uninsured, a rate virtually unchanged from last year, even as millions gained coverage elsewhere.

Nationwide, the share...

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The Accidental Reason Companies Like Hobby Lobby Control Our Health Care

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:34 PM

The Supreme Court's ruling Monday that Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover contraception for workers is yet another reminder that our bosses have a lot of control over the health care we receive -- and that's not likely to change any time soon.

Jobs are the most common...

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Terry McAuliffe Sets Up Showdown With Virginia GOP Over Medicaid Expansion

(128) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) used his line-item veto power Friday to nix portions of the state budget, extending his battle with legislative Republicans who oppose his attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe struck language from the state legislature's budget that Republicans had inserted in the...

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New Poll Reveals Obamacare's Big Winners

(289) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM

If you want Americans to like Obamacare, giving them some money seems to help. A new poll reveals that previously uninsured people and those who received subsidies to buy health care under the Affordable Care Act are much happier with the new law than those who were forced to switch...

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Diagnosis: Headaches For Obamacare Enrollees At The Doctor's Office

(85) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Obamacare's enrollment glitches might have been fixed long ago, but they're still causing headaches at doctors' offices and clinics around the country.

Patients and health care providers, in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post, complained that they are having trouble confirming that patients are insured, working...

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Millions Get Obamacare Plans For $100 Or Less

(226) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Almost seven out of 10 people who bought health insurance on the federal Obamacare exchanges are paying $100 or less a month for coverage, according to a Department of Health and Human Services analysis issued Wednesday.

Tax credits available to people earning between the federal poverty level --...

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Uncle Sam Wants Coders To Leave Silicon Valley For D.C.

(23) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 8:10 AM

President Obama delivers remarks about the error-plagued launch of Healthcare.gov in the Rose Garden. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Washington -- There may be no foosball tables or luxury buses ferrying employees to work, but a new startup in the nation’s capital...

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