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  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:09:01 GMT
    Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov...
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
  • Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:00:47 GMT
    In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable...
    Rejecting the latest effort to sidetrack "Obamacare," a federal appeals court turned away a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act.
  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:00:22 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...
    A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...
  • Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:47:17 GMT
    The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 - four years later than last year's estimate.
    Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
  • Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:04:28 GMT
    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
  • Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:52:01 GMT
    Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.
    Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.
  • Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:53:45 GMT
    Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year under the new health care law.
    Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year under the new health care law.
  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

    Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:48:14 GMT
    Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov...
    Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account...
  • APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

    APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:26:32 GMT
    Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.
    Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:37:11 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:34:15 GMT
    Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
    In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:32:17 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
    President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:51:37 GMT
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
  • Appeals court in Va. upholds health care subsidies

    Appeals court in Va. upholds health care subsidies

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:14:39 GMT
    A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance under the Obama administration's health care reform law.
    A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance under the Obama administration's health care reform law.
  • White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

    White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:42:52 GMT
    The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
    The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
  • Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

    Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:10:31 GMT
    Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools - their health may also benefit, a study suggests.
    Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools - their health may also benefit, a study suggests.
  • Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

    Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:11:31 GMT
    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business...
    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges,...
  • Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles

    Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:21:41 GMT
    Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found potentially that needles had been reused.
    Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found potentially that needles had been reused.
  • NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

    NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:53:30 GMT
    Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide...
    Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive...
  • UnitedHealth's 2Q profit slips 2 percent

    UnitedHealth's 2Q profit slips 2 percent

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-17 14:27:15 GMT
    By The Associated Press UnitedHealth Group says its second-quarter earnings slipped 2 percent on a rise in taxes and other expenses, but the nation's largest health insurer still trumped...
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer UnitedHealth Group's second-quarter earnings slipped 2 percent on a rise in taxes and other expenses, but the nation's largest health insurer still trumped analyst...
  • Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:20:10 GMT
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
  • Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

    Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:36:24 GMT
    Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's...
    Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.
  • Gov. Abercrombie: Health exchange fundamentally flawed

    Gov. Abercrombie: Health exchange fundamentally flawed

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 2:11 AM EDT2014-04-02 06:11:43 GMT
    Hawaii was the first to commit to rollout of an insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, but the last to get up and running. From a late launch two weeks after the fact, to a CEO who abandoned
    Hawaii was the first to commit to rollout of an insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, but the last to get up and running.
  • Time ticking on open enrollment for health coverage through ACA

    Time ticking on open enrollment for health coverage through ACA

    Monday, March 31 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-04-01 03:23:04 GMT
    Open enrollment for 2014 closed at midnight Monday. Application counselors with the Palmetto Project worked over the weekend and into the evening hours Monday to help people sign-up under the Affordable Care Act.
    Open enrollment for 2014 closed at midnight Monday. Application counselors with the Palmetto Project worked over the weekend and into the evening hours Monday to help people sign-up under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Affordable Healthcare Act deadline approaching

    Affordable Healthcare Act deadline approaching

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:53:23 GMT
    The deadline to sign up for healthcare as part of the Affordable Care Act is tonight at midnight.Centers across the CSRA were extra busy today as people rushed to fill out their applications. Center administrators
    The deadline to sign up for healthcare as part of the Affordable Care Act is tonight at midnight.
  • Healthcare deadline today, health providers work to help people register

    Healthcare deadline today, health providers work to help people register

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:01:53 GMT
    The deadline to sign up for healthcare is finally here, and we've talked to a few people who have registered.
    The deadline to sign up for healthcare is finally here, and we've talked to a few people who have registered. 
  • FAQ: What is Obamacare?

    FAQ: What is Obamacare?

    Friday, January 17 2014 2:39 PM EST2014-01-17 19:39:13 GMT
    Several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are taking effect in the coming months. Here are some details on what's happening, how it will work, and what it means for you.
    Several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are taking effect in the coming months. Here are some details on what's happening, how it will work, and what it means for you.
  • Official: Healthcare target was 800K by the end of Nov.

    Official: Healthcare target was 800K by the end of Nov.

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 6:06 PM EST2013-11-05 23:06:29 GMT
    (CNN) – The Obama administration wanted to have 800,000 people enrolled under the new healthcare law by the end of this month. Obamacare official Marilyn Tavenner revealed that information to a Senate
    The Obama administration wanted 800,000 people enrolled in the health care plan by the end of November, says on official.
  • Fiscal Cliff: The Medicare doc fix

    Fiscal Cliff: The Medicare doc fix

    Wednesday, December 12 2012 6:30 AM EST2012-12-12 11:30:07 GMT
    (RNN) - Perhaps one of the most silent consequences of jumping off the fiscal cliff is the possible enforcement of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Unbeknownst by most, Medicare enacted
    If the fiscal cliff cuts go into effect, doctors could see a 27 percent cut in what Medicare will pay.
  • Medicare's future is unknown

    Medicare's future is unknown

    Thursday, December 2 2010 12:41 AM EST2010-12-02 05:41:53 GMT
    Federal health care spending is the single largest fiscal challenge over the long-run and Medicare, the government's social insurance program for people over 65 costs the most.
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  • Hundreds turn out for Affordable Care Jubilee

    Hundreds turn out for Affordable Care Jubilee

    Friday, October 4 2013 9:04 PM EDT2013-10-05 01:04:16 GMT
    Hundreds sat down Friday for one on one Q and A's about the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Jubilee was held at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center. "A lot of things some people are
    Hundreds sat down Friday for one on one Q and A's about the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Jubilee was held at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center.
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