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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotline hours extended to offer insurance help Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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