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  • Q&A: Am I stuck in my job’s costly health plan? Mar 21, 2014 10:10 AM
    The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they’re running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

  • Obama hams it up for health care on Funny or Die Mar 11, 2014 10:20 AM
    President Barack Obama is hamming it up online to promote his health care plan. Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed “Hangover Part III” during an interview on the website Funny or Die. Galifianakis typically poses awkward questions to celebrity guests appearing on “Between Two Ferns,” and Obama was no exception.

  • Fact Checker: CBO didn’t say health-care law will kill 2 million jobs Feb 9, 2014 6:20 AM
    Here we go again. During the 2012 campaign, we had to repeatedly explain that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) never said that the Affordable Care Act “killed” 800,000 jobs by 2021. Now, the CBO has released an updated estimate, nearly the triple the size of the earlier one: 2.3 million in 2021.

  • Race to enroll young and healthy for new insurance Feb 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than any other group, participation from among the “young invincibles” — those ages 18 to 34 — will be crucial to the affordable health care law’s success. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that about 40 percent of those who enroll need to be young and healthy, to balance out the higher costs of insuring older, sicker people.

  • Poll finds drop in uninsured rate Jan 23, 2014 9:26 AM
    The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got under way, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The rate declined across major groups.

  • Insurance through work? Health law affects you, too Jan 21, 2014 11:16 AM
    The health care overhaul’s reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work. The law isn’t expected to prompt sudden, radical changes for workers. But benefits experts say there are several ways the law can leave fingerprints on the benefits of the roughly 149 million people who are covered through their jobs.

  • 4 questions to ask before next health overhaul deadline Jan 12, 2014 6:22 AM
    More than 2 million Americans met the health care overhaul’s deadline last month to sign up for insurance coverage that started Jan. 1. But the enrollment window hasn’t slammed shut on the millions more who still need protection in the new year.

  • Newly insured using pricey ERs a test for health care Jan 5, 2014 6:22 AM
    Emergency rooms may be a preferred choice for care among 3.9 million people newly enrolled in the Medicaid program for the poor, according to a study that suggests the costs of the Affordable Care Act may be higher than expected. The concern is being raised by economists who said a state Medicaid expansion in Oregon five years ago led newly insured patients to visit ERs 40 percent more often than the uninsured.

  • Providing health care complicated in rural areas Jan 4, 2014 2:00 PM
    In a sparsely populated area of Michigan, retired nurse Sue Cook crisscrosses the 960-square mile Sanilac County to help people sign up for insurance through the online exchange. The spread-out county has only 42,000 residents, many with no Wi-Fi connection.

  • Relief, confusion as new health benefits begin Jan 2, 2014 2:26 PM
    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 2:22 PM
    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.

  • Health law uncertainty meets reality in Illinois Jan 2, 2014 3:06 PM
    The new year brought relief to some Illinois patients newly insured under the nation’s health care law. Others still weren’t sure whether they were covered, despite their best efforts to navigate the often-balky new system.

  • Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up Jan 1, 2014 8:59 PM
    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.

  • Historic coverage expansion to test promise of health plan Jan 1, 2014 9:13 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.

  • Obama’s tarnished health care law at a crossroads Dec 31, 2013 1:47 PM
    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.

  • Thousands in suburbs now have health insurance, but some decide to wait Jan 6, 2014 6:35 PM
    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 reversal on health plan gets mixed reviews Dec 27, 2013 7:44 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 7:40 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 7:32 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 6:30 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.

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