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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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  • 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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  • MICHIGAN SMOKER MAY STAY UNINSURED UNLESS HE QUITS

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify,

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  • HEALTH INSURANCE WITHIN REACH FOR BIPOLAR SUFFERER

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, 32-year-old Jessi Spencer-Hammac thought she was just a moody, restless dreamer who had trouble finishing projects. At times, she alternated between being hyper-social and abruptly ending relationships. She also made rash decisions, such as moving across the country and losing contact for a couple years with her young daughter, who was living with the girl’s father

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  • MEDICAID EXPANSION HAPPY SURPRISE FOR COLORADO MAN

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — He makes just $10,000 a year as a clinical professional counselor, so Morgan Kinney decided to spend what little extra money he had this year paying down student debt rather than buying health insurance. The 31-year-old Denver man figured he would have no choice but to buy insurance next year to comply with the new federal health insurance mandate, so last month he

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  • MEDICAID POLITICS AFFECT LOW-WAGE PIZZA EMPLOYEE

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Chris Gatliff, a 38-year-old diabetic, says he feels like a victim of politics. His home state, Oklahoma, opted against accepting the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The result is that thousands of Oklahomans who would have qualified under the expanded program are left in limbo about their health insurance. At the same time, a Medicaid-linked program called Insure Oklahoma

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  • MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY BRACES FOR HIGHER PREMIUMS

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer As many as nine in 10 Texans buying health insurance on the new federally run exchange will get a break on costs, according to federal health officials. Steve and Maegan Wolf won’t be among them. The Wolfs, who live in an upscale area outside Austin, make too much money to qualify for tax credits that will help other people afford coverage. That leaves them

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  • Obamacare trade-off: low premium, high deductible

    Posted on September 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet. An independent analysis released Wednesday, on the heels of an administration report emphasizing affordable premiums, is helping to fill out the bottom line for consumers. The annual deductible for a

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