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  • Anxiety over Supreme Court's latest dive into health care Feb 4, 2015 11:24 AM
    Nearly five years after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul into law, its fate is yet again in the hands of the Supreme Court. This time it's not just the White House and Democrats who have reason to be anxious. Republican lawmakers and governors won't escape the political fallout if the court invalidates insurance subsidies worth billions of dollars to people in more than 30 states.

  • Dold one of three Republicans to oppose Obamacare repeal Feb 4, 2015 10:17 AM
    U.S. Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth was one of three House Republicans to vote against repealing President Barack Obama's federal health care law Tuesday. The proposal was approved by the Republican-controlled Congress. Dold said Tuesday his vote against Obamacare wasn't an endorsement of the law but instead a signal Congress has to move forward toward a bipartisan solution.

  • Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.

  • GOP divided over using budget process on health care law Jan 19, 2015 10:27 AM
    Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional purposes like cutting spending or overhauling the tax code. A potentially divisive debate between Tea Party forces and GOP pragmatists looms.

  • New tax forms to fill out on health insurance coverage Jan 18, 2015 7:28 AM
    Be prepared for the tax man to get even more personal this year — with questions about your health insurance. For the first time, you’ll have to state whether you had health insurance, through an employer, one of the exchanges or purchased privately. And if you didn’t, you could face a penalty.

  • Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout Jan 16, 2015 10:54 AM
    Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner — who oversaw the rocky rollout of the president’s health care law — says she’s stepping down at the end of February. In an email Friday to staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tavenner says she’s leaving with “sadness and mixed emotions.”

  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015 Jan 4, 2015 7:12 AM
    The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

  • Report: 4 million actively enroll in health plans Dec 30, 2014 4:34 PM
    The first 50-state report on the latest signup season under President Barack Obama’s health care law shows more than 4 million people signed up for the first time or re-enrolled. The Department of Health and Human Services released the report Tuesday. It shows 3.4 million people selected plans using as of Dec. 15.

  • Being uninsured in America will cost you more Dec 29, 2014 2:35 PM
    Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

  • Insurers extend payment deadline for ‘Obamacare’ Dec 16, 2014 8:12 AM
    Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the main industry trade group, says the voluntary steps include a commitment to promptly refund any overpayments by consumers who switched plans and may have gotten double-billed by mistake.

  • Can technology pick the perfect health plan for you? Dec 13, 2014 7:43 AM
    How people get their health insurance is undergoing a major transformation, in part because of changes in how employers are providing benefits and the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion. An estimated 25 million people will have individual coverage through Obamacare’s health insurance marketplaces within just a few years, while another 3 million people in 2014 received employer health coverage through similar private insurance marketplaces, or exchanges — where enrollment is projected to soon surpass the ACA exchanges, according to a couple of recent estimates.

  • average premiums going up in 2015 Dec 4, 2014 12:07 PM
    Many customers will face higher costs next year, the Obama administration acknowledged Thursday in a report that shows average premiums rising modestly. However, officials said millions of consumers who are currently enrolled can mitigate the financial consequences if they are willing to shop around for another plan in a marketplace that’s becoming more competitive.

  • The hidden costs of healthcare Nov 16, 2014 7:31 AM
    As open enrollment season starts, a new survey is providing an important reminder that you need to look just beyond the cost of a health plan’s monthly premium to figure out your expected medical costs for the coming year. With things like deductibles and co-pays creeping higher for nearly everyone, many adults are spending a chunk of their income on out-of-pocket costs.

  • 4 benefits changes that may stem from overhaul tax Nov 16, 2014 6:16 AM
    Millions of employees are learning this month about changes in their employer-sponsored health coverage for 2015. Some of the adjustments are likely to stem from the looming tax, which will hit plans valued at more than $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for families. Nearly half of employers with 5,000 or more workers will trigger this tax in 2018, according to the benefits firm Towers Watson. They’ll find a bill that amounts to 40 percent of the total value of coverage that exceeds those thresholds.

  • 5 ways to make sure you don’t choose the wrong health plan Nov 16, 2014 6:21 AM
    Whether you’re comparing the options offered through your job or shopping on the exchanges, here are some steps to keep you from ending up in the wrong plan this open enrollment season.

  • Obama dismisses criticism of Gruber video Nov 16, 2014 7:44 PM
    President Barack Obama dismissed renewed criticism of his signature health-care law Sunday and disputed an assertion from a former adviser involved in its creation who said the administration had deceived lawmakers.

  • Free help available as insurance sign-ups begin Nov 15, 2014 7:41 AM
    Free help signing up for health insurance is available at many locations throughout Illinois as a three-month enrollment period begins under the Affordable Care Act. Trained enrollment counselors will be visiting a wellness fair at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event also will feature healthy holiday cooking tips and recipes provided by Le Cordon Bleu and the Illinois Restaurant Association. In East St. Louis, enrollment assistance will be offered Saturday at the State Street Center and Shining Light Missionary Church. In Belleville, enrollment counselors plan to visit Christian Conqueror Church. In Madison, consumers can look for help at Bethel AME Church. The Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation is organizing the outreach in that part of the state.

  • Hopes and fears as health law sign-up season opens Nov 15, 2014 8:39 AM
    The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul opened Saturday, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience. But the fear is that entrenched political opposition and renewed legal challenges may yet collapse the program that’s bringing health care to millions of previously uninsured Americans.

  • GOP rallies against White House adviser’s ‘stupidity’ claim Nov 19, 2014 7:29 PM
    Newly surfaced videos are adding fresh energy to the efforts of congressional conservatives to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, feeding into their contention that the overhaul was approved through a scheme of deception.

  • What small business can expect in the new Congress Nov 9, 2014 7:32 AM
    The shift in power in Congress may give small businesses help with taxes and regulations, but there’s little expectation that sweeping changes are in store. In fact, more gridlock could be on the way.

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