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  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers Jul 27, 2014 7:35 AM
    Government officials say consumers who have received different subsidy amounts — probably made some mistake entering personal details such as income, age and even ZIP codes. The Associated Press interviewed insurance agents, health counselors and attorneys around the country who said they received varying subsidy amounts for the same consumers.

  • Companies dropping birth control have to tell workers, U.S. says Jul 20, 2014 7:41 AM
    Closely held companies that decide to drop insurance coverage of birth control for religious reasons have 60 days to tell their employees after they end the benefits, the Obama administration said.

  • Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws Jul 4, 2014 7:22 AM
    The Obama administration is struggling to resolve widespread data discrepancies that could call into question coverage for millions under the health overhaul, the government’s health care fraud watchdog reported this week.

  • Finding the 1 in 10 who insure themselves Jun 19, 2014 10:55 AM
    The group most directly affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets — those who buy insurance on their own directly from an insurer or through one of the exchanges — is a difficult group to survey.

  • Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums Jun 19, 2014 10:56 AM
    Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama’s health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a new poll. “The critics’ view of the law as an unmitigated disaster is far from true, but it’s not what advocates might have hoped for either because many people still have concerns about affordability,” said Drew Altman, CEO of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • Health law: Embrace, avoid or in between for Dems May 25, 2014 8:53 AM
    Democratic candidates are trying to figure out whether to embrace or avoid President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — or land somewhere in between. The president says his party shouldn’t apologize or go on the defensive about the Affordable Care Act. Candidates aren’t so sure.

  • Study: Political TV ads on health law total $445M May 17, 2014 8:22 AM
    A new analysis finds the nation’s health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law’s supporters.

  • Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans May 14, 2014 12:53 PM
    The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken. Stories like Pool's are emerging as more consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites mistakenly indicated their doctors were included.

  • Next test for health law: Keeping people insured Apr 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    With the health-care law’s first enrollment period closed, health insurers, policymakers and advocates are pushing to make sure the newly insured become reliable customers for the health plans. That will be crucial to keeping down the uninsured rate and will help determine how insurers will view the individual market under the sweeping changes made by the new health-care law.

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Apr 18, 2014 11:12 AM
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. Nonetheless, Obama’s announcement Thursday that 8 million have signed up for subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just a peek at what might be going on with the nation’s newest social program.

  • Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say Apr 17, 2014 10:52 AM
    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it’s time to stop hiding from the president’s health care overhaul, even in this year’s toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace “Obamacare,” the GOP’s favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet some pro-Democratic activists are doing just that.

  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor Apr 11, 2014 11:22 AM
    President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage. “Under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done,” Obama said. “And the final score speaks for itself.”

  • Sebelius: Work at HHS is the ‘cause of my life’ Apr 11, 2014 10:39 AM
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government is making “tremendous progress” toward fixing what she called a broken health system. Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet.

  • Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-ups Apr 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides independent validation for White House claims that the law is expanding access.

  • Fact Checker: Obama’s clam that billion spent attacking health act Apr 7, 2014 10:57 AM
    Were there really “billions” of dollars worth of commercials opposing the Affordable Care Act as President Barack Obama says? Our initial reaction was that this was just a bit of presidential hyperbole. On the other hand, the president did make this assertion in a major speech. So let’s see what the data say.

  • Health care sign-ups surge — will they save Dems? Apr 1, 2014 9:10 PM
    Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall. "The debate over repealing this law is over," he declared.

  • Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone Mar 31, 2014 2:44 PM
    Like so much about the government’s health care overhaul, Monday’s deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn’t turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enroll. It’s time for a status report as the law marks a milestone, although no one’s quite sure how to define success:

  • Deadline dash: Glitches slow health care sign-ups Mar 31, 2014 9:00 PM
    In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama’s overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website ills. “This is like trying to find a parking spot at Wal-Mart on Dec. 23,” said Jason Stevenson, working with a Utah nonprofit group helping people enroll.

  • Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support Mar 28, 2014 9:30 AM
    Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.

  • Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups Mar 26, 2014 8:55 PM
    Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles.

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