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CBO's Obamacare Estimates: Breaking Through the Floor

D. Brad Wright | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The question we face now is how to improve implementation and outreach efforts. First off, there are the 20 states that have still refused to expand their Medicaid programs, denying insurance coverage to their most vulnerable residents.

Open Season for Health Care a.k.a. Open Enrollment

Mark Steber | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

Last week it was reported that more than 540,000 people selected health insurance through the HealthCare.gov platform and even more people signed up through the state-based marketplaces in the first week of open enrollment. It is likely that the increase in "The Penalty" for not having coverage, which will be $695 per person, plays a substantial role in those numbers.

Everything You Need to Know About 2016 Marketplace Open Enrollment

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

For many, evaluating health care coverage options is a really big decision, as it affects both health choices and finances, but with the right information and tools at hand, the process of signing up for and later reporting health care coverage on tax returns is simpler than ever. Here are some important things to know.

Alexander Howard

Obama Administration Wants To Make It A Lot Easier To Find Doctors Who Take Your Insurance

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

For millions of Americans, choosing health insurance that will cover the care they need at a cost they can afford boils down to one simple question: W...

Party Like It's 2016

Mark Steber | Posted 06.22.2015 | Money
Mark Steber

No, not quite 2016, but it is coming and now is the perfect time to start planning on next year's taxes so come New Year's you will have plenty of time to party.

It's Clear Now the Public Option Really Was Needed to Keep Insurers Honest

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When members of Congress caved to demands from the insurance industry and ditched their plan to establish a "public option" health plan, the lawmakers also ditched one of their favorite talking points, that a government-run plan was necessary to "keep insurers honest."

Quick Route to Reporting Health Care Insurance Information on Your Taxes

Mark Steber | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

If you don't get to take Exit 1, or have questions about whether you owe a shared responsibility payment with your tax return or if you are must repay some of your advance premium tax credit payment, it might be best to consult a tax pro. Wishing you safe travels.

Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.29.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to benefit the most from the new health care law, but only if more of us enroll.

The Promise of the Affordable Care Act Must Reach All Communities

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.25.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, more than 15 million Americans have received some type of health coverage. This open enrollment period alone has seen almost 7 million new sign-ups. Still, there are many more to reach, especially in the Latino community, where one in four remains uninsured.

How Health Care Reform Will Affect Your 2014 Taxes (The Ones You File On April 15, 2015)

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.09.2015 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

The Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA) was signed into effect in 2010, but 2014 marked the first year most Americans were required to have health insurance. As the year comes to a close, what does this mean for you?

Under 26? Should You Stay on Your Parent's Health Insurance?

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you're currently without coverage or want to explore better options, this is the perfect time to start researching what's available.

Breaking Affordable Care Act Enrollment Update

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sent hundreds of thousands of notices to individuals, requesting they submit additional d...

Shopping Season

Jonathan Bush | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Jonathan Bush

The holidays are right around the corner. It's no wonder I've got shopping on the mind. And as with the contagion of Christmas music in a mall, I can't help but join the carol of intrigue surrounding the new health care marketplace.

In the Wake of the HealthCare.gov Website Launch

Gina Furia Rubel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gina Furia Rubel

Instead of antiquated PowerPoint presentations, how about a detailed strategic development, testing and website launch plan from the private companies hired to design, build and manage the multi-million dollar website?

4 Ways to Apply for Coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

It has been three weeks since the start of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, where Americans can find quality, affordable health coverage. The launch of the Marketplace website has been rocky but we are working tirelessly to make the online process better.

The Real Reasons Why Obamacare Exchanges Aren't Working Yet

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

What happened -- or didn't happen -- to make it the federal exchange so unworkable, at least for now? Here are four possible reasons for the current mess

Heritage Foundation's Health Care Report Is Another Big Lie

Ethan Rome | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

America's leading conservative think tank has issued a report on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it bears a strong resemblance to the immigration study -- it's garbage.

Healthcare.com Would Have Worked Better

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

The federal government was not up for the task of building and overseeing a complicated e-commerce business with a significant data management back-end -- any more than it has ever been up for building the military's fighter jets, running commercial airports, or administering the actual Medicare program.

Announcing My Online Health Insurance Marketplace Resource Center

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Our state is set to experience the greatest reduction in the number of uninsured nationwide. This is great news for uninsured West Virginians -- but to get there we have to make sure those who qualify for new coverage sign up for a plan.

Jeffrey Young

Seven Ways To Skip Obamacare's Terrible Website

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business

Obamacare's glitch-riddled website doesn't have to stop you from buying health insurance. There are alternatives to HealthCare.gov, the federal web...

How the GOP Is Unwittingly Helping Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Had there been no shutdown, the D.C. press corps would have covered every glitch accompanying last Tuesday's launch of the Obamacare-created health insurance marketplaces to the point that the glitches would be all that they -- and we -- would be talking about now.

Health Insurance 101: Know Your Options

Veer Gidwaney | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Veer Gidwaney

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that this week marked the opening of state- and federal-run insurance marketplaces. While we don't know how they'll be regarded over time, initial reactions to them run the gamut from cynicism and uncertainty to measured optimism.

ACA: More Than Just Healthcare for People With Disabilities

Barbara Otto | Posted 12.01.2013 | Impact
Barbara Otto

For people with disabilities finding a job has always been a one-two punch. It's not just the salary and financial independence they're looking for; they also are in greater need of health benefits than say, a nondisabled 30-year old.

Health Insurance Marketplace Lets Americans Choose Low-cost, Life-saving Health Benefits

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Today is a momentous day in U.S. history, and a defining moment in our nation's health transformation. The Health Insurance Marketplace has officially opened for business.

Open Letter to Health Reform Advocates: Pay Attention to Discrimination

Robert Espinoza | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Espinoza

The harms inflicted by discrimination reveal themselves in our bodies as we age -- as people of color, as poor and low-income people, and as LGBT people. The symptoms manifest as higher rates of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, social isolation and more.