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Health Insurers Set To Give Out More Obamacare Refunds

(80) 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

(225) 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

(252) 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

(319) 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

(2737) 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

(420) 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

(389) 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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Obama's New Health Secretary Could Change How Washington Works

(19) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, she could soon be responsible for overseeing a massive and complex bureaucracy still reeling from Obamacare's botched implementation, with...

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How Obamacare Tries To Make Us Healthier, One Community At A Time

(58) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:30 PM

President Barack Obama's health care reform law will spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to extend health coverage to millions of people -- and about $20 billion actually trying to make us healthier.

The money supporting these initiatives is tucked inside the Affordable Care Act...

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ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

(1080) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

More people may be visiting hospital emergency departments this year as health benefits from Obamacare went live, according to a survey of physicians published Wednesday.

The American College of Emergency Physicians polled more than 1,800 emergency room doctors last month, and 46 percent reported increases in patients coming...

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Obamacare Could Save A Bunch Of Lives: Harvard Study

(722) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Fewer people died in Massachusetts after the state enacted its landmark legislation to cover the uninsured, according to a new Harvard University study that could have implications for the effects of Obamacare.

A Harvard team compared the mortality rates in Massachusetts before and after then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R)...

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10 Types Of Washington, D.C., Sellouts

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the White House Correspondents' Dinner upon us, it's time, apparently, for local publications to publish listicles squarely for the purpose of entertaining those in the business.

The wave started with Roll Call detailing nine kinds of Capitol Hill flacks. That, in turn,...

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More Than 8 Million Have Signed Up For Obamacare, In Latest Tally

(900) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Over 8 million individuals signed up for health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges through April 19, according to an official report from the Department of Health and Human Services that confirms an announcement made by President Barack Obama last month.

During the six-plus months of the first open...

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Your Guide To The Latest Freakout Over Health Care Spending

(161) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Health care spending appears to be on the rise after several years of historically low growth, provoking a minor freakout about whether the bad old days are back and whether Obamacare is ruining everything.

The latest data point being used to declare the Affordable Care Act...

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