Affordable Care Act: Updates

Health website to remain a work in progress

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) – The 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

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  • Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage

    Posted on November 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

    JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday with NBC News. He added: “We’ve

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  • Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

    Posted on November 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

    DAVID ESPO, Associated Press, JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday 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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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won’t matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama’s overhaul. But there’s a new wild card, something that didn’t seem so critical when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act back in 2010: where you live. Entrenched political divisions

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  • Key consumer questions about the health reforms

    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:47 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.

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  • Applying for health insurance? Homework involved

    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:45 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.

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