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Health website to remain a work in progress

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) – 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

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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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  • Critics: Some unions could get break from fees

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:54 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 say many unions won’t be

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  • Sebelius takes GOP criticism over “Obamacare”

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Laurie Kellman contributed to this report. WASHINGTON – 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 to try and hopefully

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  • Sebelius takes GOP criticism over “Obamacare”

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:44 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 to try and hopefully get it right,” said Sen.

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  • White House sidesteps on “Obamacare” change

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:38 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 challenge confronting supporters of “Obamacare.”

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  • Key consumer questions about the health reforms

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

    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

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