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  •  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 30, 2013. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?

    Relief, confusion as new health benefits begin Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?

     
  •  Shelagh Collins talks about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett before she goes to a job search appointment on Monday in Forest Hills, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. Collins gets by on occasional secretarial temp work and unemployment compensation checks, but she can’t afford specialized treatment for her various health conditions that limit her ability to do certain jobs.

    Study finds Medicaid expansion drove up ER visits Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor’s office or an urgent care clinic.

     
  • About 1.1 million people selected health plans in time to have coverage in January using the federal enrollment system, which covers 36 states including Texas, Florida and Illinois, the Obama administration said Sunday. The government didn't say how many people paid for their plans, the final step to complete their enrollment.

    Historic coverage expansion to test promise of health plan Jan 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    After three months of turmoil surrounding the rollout of President Obama's health care plan, the country faces a historic turning point on Jan. 1. From emergency rooms to pharmacies to company human- resources departments, changes will unfold within the U.S. health care system as the nation guarantees insurance coverage to all Americans for the first time, a goal that has eluded presidents and lawmakers since the end of World War II.

     
  •  A student fills out a survey at a tent set up by Generation Opportunity, a national conservative organization that targets young adults, while tailgating before the start of an NCAA college football game between Miami and Virginia Tech, Nov. 9, 2013. The 100-yard stretch of free pizza and party tents is a carefully crafted strategy aimed at getting students to opt out of President Barack Obama’s controversial new health law.

    Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up Jan 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The so-called “young invincibles” are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.

     
  • Joyce Moens of Arlington Heights says being without health insurance forced her to let her health slide. On Wednesday, she and her sons, Scott and Eric, and husband Keith will have coverage under the new federal health care law.

    Thousands in suburbs now have health insurance, but some decide to wait Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights residents Keith and Joyce Moens went on healthcare.gov and could hardly believe their eyes. They found five insurance plans they were eligible for and could afford, thanks to the new federal health care law. Others like Valentine and Maria Dominquez of North Aurora haven't signed up, still hoping they can find jobs with employer-subsidized coverage before the spring deadline to have insurance.

     
  •  Howard Kraft looks over healthcare information in his Lincolnton, N.C. home Monday. A painful spinal problem left him unable to work as a hotel bellman. But he’s got coverage because federal law now forbids insurers from turning away people with health problems. “I am not one of these people getting a policy because I’m being made to,” Kraft said. “I need one to stay alive.”

    Obama’s tarnished health care law at a crossroads Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    All things good, bad and unpredictable converge Jan. 1 for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as the law’s major benefits take effect, along with an unpopular insurance mandate and a risk of more nerve-wracking disruptions to coverage.

     
  •  The shadow of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is cast on a wall as she speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit. A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

    Obama reversal on health plan gets mixed reviews Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama’s decision a month ago that allowed people to keep insurance policies once slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul has received a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers. In pitching the overhaul, Obama had long promised that people who liked their policies could keep them. But many consumers complained upon getting notification from their insurers in October and November that their individual policies would be canceled.

     
  • What if you missed the Christmas Eve deadline and still want insurance in 2014, as the health law requires of most Americans? You may be without health insurance for a month, but you can still sign up for coverage that will start in February.

    Health insurance coverage: What’s next?Dec 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The deadline has passed, and so too the surprise grace period, for signing up for health insurance as part of the nation’s health care law. Now what? For those who were able to navigate the glitch-prone and often overwhelmed HealthCare.gov website, there’s still work to be done to make sure success online leads to actual coverage come the new year.

     
  •  Lisa Donlea, 41, of Irvine, Calif., holds her breath and hopes the Covered California enrollment site will go to the next step, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Laguna, Calif. It did after 12 minutes. The federal health insurance exchange enrollment took nearly two hours for Donlea and a counselor to complete due to the website’s slowness.

    Health insurance guide: 3 next steps for enrollees Dec 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Christmas Eve deadline to enroll via HeatlhCare.gov for health care insurance that starts Jan. 1 has passed. Here are some tips for those who met the deadline and those who didn’t.

     
  • CGI Federal, the company responsible for building the problem-plagued website for the Affordable Care Act, won the job because of what federal officials deemed a “technically superior” proposal, according to government documents and people familiar with the decision.

    HealthCare.gov site builder mishandled previous projects Dec 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    CGI Federal, the company responsible for building the problem-plagued website for the Affordable Care Act, won the job because of what federal officials deemed a “technically superior” proposal, according to government documents and people familiar with the decision. Not considered in the 2011 selection process was the history of numerous executives at CGI Federal, who had come from another company that had mishandled at least 20 other government information technology projects more than a decade ago.

     
  •  In this photo from Dec. 20, 2013, certified enrollment specialist Richelle Baker, right, talks to Martha Medina, left, and her daughter Martha, both from Hialeah, Fla., at a Healthcare Insurance Marketplace office in Miami. The mother and daughter checked the different insurance plans and decided to go home a discuss the different options available to them.

    Study finds confusion over health insurance vocabulary Dec 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans have spent the days leading up to Christmas trying to navigate the HealthCare.gov website — with varying degrees of success. But even for those who successfully enrolled for insurance coverage, that’s only one big hurdle behind them. The next is understanding how their plan works.

     
  •  The government’s revamped health care website was put to its biggest test yet as a record-breaking surge of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday’s extended deadline for signing up for coverage.

    Health care site put to the test as deadline nears Dec 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The government’s revamped health care website was put to its biggest test yet as a record-breaking surge of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday’s extended deadline for signing up for coverage. After a disastrous, glitch-plagued rollout in October, HealthCare.gov, the website where people in 36 states can shop for insurance, received nearly 2 million visits Monday and handled the traffic well.

     
  •  The Obama administration on Monday effectively extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.

    Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension Dec 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan. But federal officials urged buyers not to procrastinate.

     
  •  MNsure contact center representatives specialist Carlos Villanueva, left, and guide Emily Joyce work in one many cubicles at the center in St. Paul, Minn. Experts in health insurance are becoming concerned that many first-time buyers will be in for a shock when they get medical care next year and discover they’re on the hook for most of the initial cost.

    Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers Dec 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They’re picking the cheapest one. Increasingly, experts in health insurance are becoming concerned that many of these first-time buyers will be in for a shock when they get medical care next year and discover they’re on the hook for most of the initial cost.

     
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  •  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the Affordable Care Act to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” for people whose existing insurance has been canceled because of the law so they will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage.

    Options set for those lacking new health coverage Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” from those penalties.

     
  •  For many Americans, problems with the government’s main health care website carry a bigger risk than frequent crashes, as higher premiums could follow if technical troubles scare off young customers crucial to the overhaul’s insurance coverage expansions.

    Overhaul website problems may trigger price hikes Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Problems with the government’s main health care overhaul website carry a bigger risk than frequent crashes: Higher prices could follow for many Americans if technical troubles scare off young people. The government has touted recent improvements to HeathCare.gov, but enrollment still lags far behind projections, and that has triggered worries that legions of potential customers in their 20s and 30s might not sign up.

     
  •  Doug and Amy Thompson of Batavia get advice on the federal health care law from navigator Nyla Whitehead at Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva.

    Suburban health insurance navigators gear up Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    An army of health insurance navigators has had a busy week helping to enroll people around the suburbs in health care plans ahead of a federal deadline Monday for people to sign up for coverage that begin Jan. 1. Although some people vent about the new federal health care law, “I’ve been shocked by how sweet and patient and grateful people have been," one navigator said.

     
  •  The health insurance industry says consumers will get an extra 10 days to pay their first month’s premium under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    Insurers allow more time to pay under health law Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    The nation’s health insurance industry decided Wednesday to extend the deadline until Jan. 10 for Americans to pay for coverage that starts on New Year’s Day, as enrollment through the new federal and state insurance marketplaces appears to be surging.

     
  •  President Barack Obama meets with technology executives at the White House on Tuesday. From left are, Zynga founder Mark Pincus and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

    Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed the troubled federal health care website, government surveillance and other issues with executives from Google, Twitter, Apple and several other leading technology companies.

     
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