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Budget office: Obamacare will cost billions less than expected

The cost of expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be billions less than previously expected, according to a report released Monday.

An analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the coverage provisions of the ACA, also known as Obamacare,  read more…

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It’s not too late to get health insurance coverage

If you didn’t get insurance coverage by the health law’s March 31 enrollment deadline, a few routes remain open.

Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance this year. And people who get coverage after the deadline  read more…

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What happens next on
the health law?

The March 31 deadline for open enrollment to buy your own health insurance doesn’t mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working  read more…

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‘Wiggle room’ in March 31 deadline to buy health insurance: a review

We’re just days away from the March 31 deadline to sign up for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For weeks, administration officials, including the president, have insisted that there would be no extensions to the scheduled end  read more…

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Government extends insurance sign-up for those stymied by technical problems

With less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the  read more…

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‘This deadline is really the deadline’: Final call for health insurance questions

President Obama hailed the fourth anniversary of his signature healthcare law on Sunday, and reminded supporters that a key deadline looms. There’s just one week left for most people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“Since I signed  read more…

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Kaiser Foundation CEO: Media chasing wrong numbers on Obamacare

Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, publishes a regular column on health issues at the foundation’s website. This column appeared March 24.

A few weeks ago the Obama Administration reported that enrollment in the new insurance marketplaces topped  read more…

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Health insurance signup deadline is March 31: A consumer guide

With just over a week until the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance, backers of the health law — from President Barack Obama on down — are engaged in a full-force campaign to enroll eligible Americans, especially younger  read more…

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New health law rules issued to broaden 2015 coverage, extend high-risk pool deadline

Late last week, with just over two weeks until the March 31 deadline to buy insurance coverage, the Obama administration announced a series of changes in the Affordable Care Act, including rules on improved coverage for  read more…

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Government reinstates health subsidies for low-income consumers slated for cuts

The White House is reversing about $10 billion in cuts to cost-sharing subsidies that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and intended to help low-income individuals cover co-payments, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. The subsidies program was originally expected  read more…

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Congress overcomes discord to shift convention funds to pediatric medical research

In a rare instance of Senate Democrats and House Republicans working together, Congress agreed Tuesday to shift funding formerly allocated to presidential conventions to programs focused on pediatric medical research.

The bill, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, was approved  read more…

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Healthcare reform law cited
as number of uninsured falls

The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new survey.

With just three weeks left to enroll on the new insurance exchanges, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index finds  read more…

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In response to opposition, Medicare drops proposed changes to Part D drug coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Monday it is withdrawing proposed changes to Medicare prescription drug coverage after receiving strong opposition from industry stakeholders, lawmakers, patient organizations and others.

In January, CMS proposed broad changes to the Medicare  read more…

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Add healthsherpa.com to list of alternative sites available for healthcare-plan shopping

When the federal online marketplace for the Affordable Care Act stumbled out of the gate last fall, leaving would-be applicants unable to sign up for care or even to view their plans, three young programmers thought they might be able  read more…

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Changes to health law rules include 2-year extension for noncompliant policies

The Obama administration on Wednesday released a broad set of regulatory changes to the health law that would give some consumers additional time to stay in plans that do not comply with all its coverage requirements and all consumers more  read more…

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Health-law fix allows consumers unable to access state websites to get tax credits

States that have experienced technical problems running their own healthcare enrollment websites are getting some help from the Obama administration.

The administration quietly issued a health law fix Thursday to help those states. Several states, including Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts and Hawaii,  read more…

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Consumer Reports, philanthropy group create site to help find healthcare subsidies

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Consumer Reports have teamed up to create a website that helps people find out if they qualify for financial assistance when they choose a health plan on one of the new health law’s Web-based markets.

The website, HealthTaxCreditTool.org,  read more…

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As deadline approaches, private online exchanges offer alternative to government site

With less than six weeks left to purchase health insurance before open enrollment closes on new Obamacare exchanges, customers still shopping for a plan finally have an online option other than the government-run HealthCare.gov.

GetInsured, a private online insurance exchange, announced  read more…

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Insurers find palliative-care programs lower spending and improve care

Insurers are establishing programs that give the sickest patients the chance to receive extra care for their pain, suffering and emotional needs, in a move that turns out to cut spending substantially.

Such palliative-care programs aim to provide assistance to patients  read more…

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Colorado among states on quest for complete, accurate list of healthcare prices

Coffee is important to many of us, but let’s say your coffee maker breaks. Finding a new one is as easy as typing “shop coffee maker” into your browser. Voila — you’ve got models, prices and customer reviews at your  read more…