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Kaiser Family Foundation Estimates 17 Million Eligible for Premium Tax Credits

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released findings yesterday estimating state-by-state eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP and premium tax credits for insurance marketplace coverage. Key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created statewide marketplaces for individuals to purchase insurance directly, also providing premium tax credits to eligible people with lower income. Under the law, those with [...]

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Federal Appeals Court Sides with Business Owners Challenging Contraceptive Mandate

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling Friday, to invalidate President Obama’s key requirement that health insurers pay for contraception. In the case “Gilardi v. U-S Department of Health & Human Services,” the federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling, stating that the owners of company “Freshway Foods and [...]

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Why the Exchanges Need Young People

While older individuals tend to have a greater need for health insurance, it’s actually the young and healthy Americans that the success of the Affordable Care Act depends upon. Also known as the “young invincibles” by policymakers, these 18-35 year olds must make up 20 percent to 30 percent of the pool to make the [...]

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More Democrat Senators Call to Extend Health Law

Nine Democratic senators have joined the efforts to extend the Obamacare open enrollment period past its intended closing date of March 31st. The reason? Given the flaws in the rollout of the federally-run Healthcare.gov, some lawmakers believe Americans should have more time to enroll. Additionally, any penalties for not having coverage should also be waived [...]

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ACA Approval Rating Rises Among Americans

Despite the political battles over health reform, recent polls are showing that the public approval rating of President Obama’s signature “Affordable Care Act” has actually risen. Highly publicized technical glitches have tarnished the rollout of the online government health exchanges since October 1 but a Gallup poll conducted October 18-20, just a few days after [...]

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Obama Addresses Exchange Frustrations, Promises Improvement

Just earlier this morning, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation, addressing the recent challenges encountered during the federal health exchange rollout. In the near-month that exchanges have been up and running, many consumers shopping for coverage under the federal website Healthcare.gov have experienced technical complications such as error messages, page delays, frozen screens and [...]

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Obamacare Efforts Ramp Up to Serve Customers

The health exchange has become quite the star studded affair, with famous names from Lady Gaga to Britney Spears urging consumers to ‘Get Covered’ through social media platforms Twitter and Instagram. Even as the list of spokesmen grows, many consumers still show uncertainty towards the health insurance marketplaces. Some states like California have been aggressively [...]

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What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Obamacare?

Unable to come to a funding agreement last night, the U.S. government shut down shortly after midnight. This is the first federal government shutdown to happen in 17 years. The shutdown comes from a stalemate between Democrats and Republicans voting on a spending plan that includes provisions on the President’s signature Affordable Care Act. This [...]

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Officials Warn Consumers to Beware Medicare Mix-up This Fall

As if educating millions of individuals on impending health insurance changes due this fall was not challenging enough, federal officials also worry about the effects these changes will have on the Medicare eligible population. This population is often more vulnerable to scams or being taken advantage of and could be left confused about the recent [...]

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Unemployed? Think Twice Before Locking into COBRA

With health insurance marketplaces opening less than a month from now, individuals and families can look forward to new coverage options, all in one place. This is particularly good news for those who may have been recently unemployed or laid off and lacking health insurance. The current route taken by many individuals upon unemployment is [...]

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