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Health website to remain a work in progress

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The HealthCare.gov website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the vast majority of users. “The 30th of November is not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement. We have some very specific things we know we

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  • Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

    Posted on November 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

    DAVID ESPO, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes at the White House “This

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  • Critics say some unions could get break from fees

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of the new health care law are claiming some labor unions could get a break from fees imposed on everyone covered by health insurance. The Obama administration’s plan to exempt “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from paying fees in 2015 and 2016 is not sitting well with Republicans, who say the move smacks of favoritism for a powerful White House ally. Labor officials

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  • Sebelius takes GOP criticism over ‘Obamacare’

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent     WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blistered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday over the nation’s controversial health care law, bluntly challenging her honesty, pushing for her resignation and demanding unsuccessfully she concede that President Barack Obama deliberately misled the public about his signature domestic program.   “We’re not in it to just give you a rough time. We’re in it

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  • White House sidesteps on ‘Obamacare’ change

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Under growing pressure, the administration refused repeatedly to state a position Tuesday on legislation formalizing President Barack Obama’s oft-stated promise that people who like their existing coverage should be allowed to keep it under the new health care law. Senate Democrats spoke dismissively of the proposals, signaling they have no intention of permitting a vote on the issue that marks the latest

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  • EXCHANGES CREATE CONFUSION FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to some older consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called “Obamacare.” Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to do anything differently and will continue to go to Medicare.gov to sign up for plans. But advocates say many have been

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  • KEY DATES IN OBAMA HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL LAW

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    The Associated Press Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, and within a year seniors were receiving coverage. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and the uninsured start getting coverage more than three years later on Jan. 1, 2014. Some key dates in the saga of Obama’s signature legislation: ___ March 23, 2010 — Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care

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  • APPLYING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? HOMEWORK INVOLVED

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting covered through President Barack Obama’s health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires research. You’ll need accurate income information for your household, plus some understanding of how health insurance works, so you can get the financial assistance you qualify for and pick a health plan that’s right for your needs. The

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  • KEY CONSUMER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HEALTH REFORMS

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    The Associated Press How do I know whether “Obamacare” applies to me? Polls show many Americans remain mystified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it is commonly known. But there’s an obvious starting point: Do you have health care coverage? If your employer provides health insurance for you, it’s likely you don’t have to do anything on Oct. 1, when enrollment begins. The president has

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