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Stronger Patient Protections Are Around the Corner

Myrl Weinberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Myrl Weinberg

While overuse of costly services benefits no one, policymakers should ban cost-sharing arrangements that impede appropriate health seeking behaviors, especially for people with chronic conditions.

12 Holiday Reasons to Be #Out2Enroll and #GetCovered

Kellan Baker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kellan Baker

Twelve months of coverage. If you signed up for coverage by December 15, you'll start the new year off with coverage on January 1, 2015 -- and unlike your New Year's resolutions, you'll be able to keep that coverage for the whole rest of the year.

Obamacare, the Game, Part II: We're on the Road to Health Care

Brian Ross | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

I share with you my story because it is emblematic of the level of complexity of the bloated private insurance-based ACA that is both inefficient and costly. It is a system whose "bottom line" focuses on corporate profits and executive compensation, not patient care, cost control, and improved outcomes.

We're Here, We're Queer, We're Covered!

Julian Aldana | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

This year, young LGBTQ adults who still lack health insurance have another chance to sign up and reap the benefits of coverage. Some of those benefits include free HIV screenings, depression screenings, well-woman visits and preventive services such as pap tests and mammograms.

Expert: Obamacare Supporters Should Be Very Worried About The Supreme Court

The New England Journal Of Medicine | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court's surprise announcement on November 7 that it would hear King v. Burwell struck fear in the hearts of supporters of the Afforda...

It's December -- Do You Know Where Your Tax Paperwork Is?

Mark Steber | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

By having all your documents in one place, you are one step closer to filing your return. Remember my first rule of tax return time? The earlier you file, the sooner you will get your refund!

Where Are the Democrats and Their Values?

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

A red state cannot turn purple without the addition of blue. This last election, only one-third of the country spoke. The majority were vocal, passionate conservatives who always come out to vote... rain or shine.

Calling All Democrats: We Need a New Brand of Courage

D. Taylor | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
D. Taylor

The President's decision to grant relief to millions of immigrants in this country, despite Republican threats, shows our members that their voices -- their families -- matter. Millions of lives will change from this one brave act, and it's the kind of courage that will inspire our members to vote again.

Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

Americans Don't Support the Republican Agenda

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.

Krugman's Obamacare-Inspired Attack on 'Corrupt' Judges Should Be Laughed Out of Court

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is an effective polemicist with a wide readership. So when he makes arguments that are at best factually wrong and at worst disingenuous, one cannot simply ignore them.

Death Panel?

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Language Access Key to Keeping Health Care Doors Open to All

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

For many, though, even that wasn't enough, and the federal exchange sent out notices requiring more documentation. However, the full notices were sent only in English and Spanish, without warnings in other languages indicating that recipients' health insurance was at stake.

4 Things Obamacare Has Actually Changed For Small Business

Marc Prosser | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

Some Obamacare features have appeared as expected, but others have been delayed or changed from how they were originally written. To clear the air, here's four ways Obamacare has actually changed the law since 2010.

Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Bobby Rush | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Bobby Rush

Were it not the political lightning rod that it has become, many more Americans would have a much clearer understanding about the ACA's wide breadth and how some of the law's policy changes will benefit them and their loved ones.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Obamacare Federal Subsidies

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over Pre...

Claims on Seniors and ACA in Colorado Senate Race Don't Mesh With Facts

Bob Semro | Posted 10.28.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Two campaign claims are being made in Colorado's U.S. senate race about the Affordable Care Act and seniors. Political ads are often designed to scare or anger people rather than inform them, and that sure seems to be the case here.

Three Buckets of Small Business Attention

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The small business community, including self-employed and micro-businesses, welcomed a major benefit this tax year: a new, streamlined IRS home office standardized deduction.

In 2014, Republicans Are All About 'Obamacare,' But Dems Won't Touch It

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso & Christine Conetta | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

As the saying goes, it’s all in the name. Obamacare is no exception. Back in 2013, a CNBC poll showed that despite the fact that they’re the s...

America Is Better Off Today Than Six Years Ago!

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

Fellow Americans, we can tell the world and President Obama's blind enemies that this nation, America, is indeed better off today than 6 years ago when he became president.

GOP Candidate Comes Up With A New, Misleading Obamacare Claim

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

At a Tuesday candidate debate, Virginia Republican Senate nominee Ed Gillespie offered a confusing explanation for how repealing the Affordable Care A...

Candidate Who Says He Spent Weeks Studying Obamacare Doesn't Seem To Understand It

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan, the Republican challenging Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), frequently talks about how he "actually read" the...

HealthCare.gov Relaunches With 1 Embarrassing Error

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one ear...

Colorado's Health Exchange On Target to Meet Budget Goals

Bob Semro | Posted 12.07.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Connect for Health Colorado's Finance Committee recently offered a revenue projection for the current year. Using a conservative approach, it projects that revenue for 2014 is about $600,000 above earlier estimates, and total revenue for the year is expected to top out at $5.4 million.

New Data: Millennials Are Better Off with Obamacare

Tom Allison | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Allison

New U.S. Census data released last week shows that the number, and rate of young adults, who lack health insurance has fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010.