Affordable Care Act: Updates

GOP House targets health care law; 67 Dems join in

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House voted overwhelmingly Friday to bolt new security requirements onto President Barack Obama’s health care law, with 67 Democrats breaking ranks to join with the GOP. It was the first skirmish of what is certain to be a long and contentious election-year fight. The vote was 291-122 with Republicans relentlessly focusing on “Obamacare,” convinced that Americans’ unease with the troubled

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  • Obama’s tarnished health care law at a crossroads

    Posted on January 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

    RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — All things good, bad and unpredictable converge with the new year 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. The changes bring big improvements for some, including Howard Kraft of Lincolnton, N.C. A painful spinal problem left him unable to work

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  • Insurers allow more time to pay under health law

    Posted on December 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press  WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama’s health care law, insurers announced Wednesday. The board of the industry’s biggest trade group — America’s Health Insurance Plans — said consumers who select a plan by Dec. 23 will now have until Jan. 10 to pay their

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Emergency rooms are front line for enrolling new Obamacare customers

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

Sarah Varney,  Kaiser Health News SAN JOSE, Calif. – Angela Felan is sitting in the emergency department waiting room at O’Connor Hospital for the second time in a week. A blue surgical mask covers her nose and mouth, and her hoodie sweatshirt is pulled snug over her head. She first came into the emergency room a few days ago with what she thought was bronchitis. The doctor prescribed an inhaler

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  • Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

    Posted on January 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press   MIAMI (AP) — 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. The federal government and states running their own exchanges have launched

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  • Health law clock is ticking for sickest patients

    Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With federal and state online health care marketplaces experiencing glitches a month into implementation, concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be among the health law’s earliest beneficiaries. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country with pre-existing chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure or kidney disease who are covered through high risk-insurance pools will

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Affordable Care Act: Links

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