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  • Rose, Obama Speechwriters Laugh About the President’s ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Lie

    05/10/2016 12:12:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/16 | David Rutz
    Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters had a good laugh Monday night while joking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Obama said dozens of times in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act’s signing and enactment that no Americans who liked the insurance plan they had would lose it under the Affordable Care Act. In reality, millions of policies were canceled because of the law’s regulations, and Obama was forced to apologize to the American people. The infamous remark...
  • Auditor: States might be using ObamaCare grant money illegally

    04/29/2015 3:24:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | By Sarah Ferris
    Some states running their own ObamaCare exchanges may be illegally using federal dollars to keep them afloat, according to a new warning from a government auditor. The inspector general for HHS said officials must better inform states about the purpose of the grants to prevent them from improperly using the money to prop up their health insurance exchanges. ObamaCare required that all state-based marketplaces be self-sustaining by January 2015. For example, the audit said Washington state’s health exchange “might use $10 million in establishment grant funds to support operations” in the second half of 2015, citing budget documents. The Washington...
  • Feds reject ObamaCare open enrollment for pregnant women

    04/13/2015 3:30:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Lydia Wheeler
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has denied a request from Democrats to create a special open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act for women when they find out they are pregnant. In a response to the March letter sent by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said the agency does not have “the legal authority to establish pregnancy as an exceptional circumstance” to create a special enrollment period. Lawmakers originally asked for the special enrollment period in an effort to address what they called a gap in coverage that could leave women without...
  • First Test for Bill To Cover Undocumented

    04/13/2015 11:19:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    California Healthline ^ | April 13, 2015 | by David Gorn
    Health care coverage for the undocumented gets its first test this week when a bill to extend Medi-Cal coverage and Covered California health plans to the undocumented will be heard by the Senate Health committee. A number of legislative efforts to help the undocumented comprise the "Immigrants Shape California" legislative package introduced last week by the Legislature's leadership. The bill would provide Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented Californians who are income-eligible for it and require the state to ask for a federal waiver to include the undocumented in Covered California health plans. The undocumented population currently is ineligible for any state...
  • A closer look at how Raimondo’s Obamacare tax would work

    04/08/2015 3:42:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    WPRI-TV 12 ^ | April 8, 2015 | By Ted Nesi
    Few proposals in Governor Raimondo’s budget have sparked a more heated debate than her proposed “Obamacare tax.” The tax – technically, a “health reform assessment” fee – is the mechanism she’s settled on to pay for the state-run health insurance marketplace created to implement President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The federal government paid the startup costs for HealthSource RI – to the tune of nearly $170 million at last count – but it’s up to the states to figure out how to pay to keep it operating going forward. And that means the state has to come up with its...
  • Illinois weighs automatic enrollment under ObamaCare for inmates leaving prison

    04/07/2015 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 6, 2015 | By Benjamin Yount
    Illinois inmates who will soon get out of jail won't pass "Go" and get $200, but they may collect their Medicaid card. A new plan working its way through the Illinois statehouse would start the enrollment, or re-enrollment, process for inmates 30 days before their release through the state's ObamaCare office. State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, is sponsoring the legislation that would have Illinois' Department of Health Care and Family Services enroll inmates automatically upon their release. Illinois' prison system released 30,083 people last year, more than 27,000 men and nearly 2,500 women.
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
  • Democrats Ask for Another ObamaCare Reprieve, Warning It Is ‘Harmful and Disruptive’ to Businesses

    03/26/2015 11:16:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Independet Journal Review ^ | 03/26/2015 | Victoria Taft
    The Daily Caller reports Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department asking for a reprieve from ObamaCare for small businesses scheduled to be brought under its regulatory umbrella in 2016. Apparently, the group fears it will be “particularly harmful and disruptive” to businesses.The Caller reports that the letter was sent March 12 by Democrat Senators Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester, and independent Sen. Angus King. They asked for a two-year deferment: Under the law, employers with 51 to 100 employees will be included in the ACA’s definition of small group market starting...
  • Counties, State Mull Health Care for Undocumented Residents

    03/23/2015 3:51:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    California Healthline ^ | March 23, 2015
    Under the Affordable Care Act, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health care coverage. However, California has taken several steps to provide health coverage to undocumented residents. Immigrants in the state who qualified for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. In addition, under an executive action by President Obama last year, Medi-Cal coverage could be extended to up to 500,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have no record of felony offenses or serious misdemeanors. Further, a bill (SB 1005)...
  • Most N.Y. Marketplace Plans Lack Any Coverage For Out-Of-Network Care

    03/17/2015 3:41:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Michelle Andrews
    More than a dozen insurers offer plans on the New York health insurance marketplace. But despite being spoiled for choice in many ways, there’s one popular feature that most New Yorkers can’t find in any of the health plans offered on their state exchange: out-of-network coverage. Except for offerings by a few insurers in far western New York and the Albany area, the only options available elsewhere in the state, including the entire New York City metro area, are plans that cover care provided only by doctors and hospitals in the plan’s network. People who go out of network for...
  • Say goodbye to employer-provided health insurance

    03/17/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Richard Eisenberg
    Could employer-provided health insurance be going the way of employer-sponsored pension plans? Rick Lindquist, president of Zane Benefits, which specializes in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses, says: Not only could it happen; it’s happening already. Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer (who founded Zane Benefits), argue that case in their new book, “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance.” As surprising as you may find the title, get a load of its subtitle: “Why It’s Good for You, Your Family and Your Company.” Lindquist and Pilzer’s company stands to profit if employers shift from traditional health insurance and toward their...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Ended Sunday. Except It Didn't

    02/19/2015 4:20:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | by Jeffrey Young
    The second year of Obamacare enrollment just ended. Or did it? The Department of Health and Human Services has hinted it might reopen enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges in 37 states around the tax filing deadline April 15, with the aim of enrolling people who learn for the first time they owe a fine under the law’s individual mandate to have health coverage. Already, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington have done so, and states including California may do the same.
  • Obamacare enrollment extended after technical issues

    02/16/2015 4:14:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 16, 2015 | By Ellen Jean Hirst
    Consumers who tried to enroll in Obamacare last weekend but couldn't finish because of technical problems will have another week to complete the task, Department of Health and Human Services officials said Monday. The new deadline for enrolling in federally mandated health insurance has been extended through Feb. 22. A few reasons that qualify people for the extension include: longer than normal call center wait times and a glitch on the site verifying income. Officials also said that individuals who experience "life-changing events," including getting married, having a baby, or losing job-based coverage, can always apply. Officials with the department...
  • Schools help families enroll in Covered California, Medi-Cal

    02/09/2015 3:20:18 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    EdSource.org ^ | February 8, 2015 | By Jane Meredith Adams
    With huge numbers of California children still uninsured, schools are beginning to take the lead in letting families know that affordable health care coverage is available. In school libraries and courtyards from Sacramento to Los Angeles and beyond, trained enrollment counselors have been invited to set up folding tables, commandeer desk space and corral parents before the Feb. 15 sign-up deadline for Covered California, the state’s online health insurance marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act. And the outreach will increase. Under a new state law, all California schools must include in their 2015-16 enrollment packets information about options...
  • Despite Efforts, Latino ACA Enrollment Lags

    02/09/2015 2:52:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | February 9, 2015 | By Mary Agnes Carey
    Hispanics represent about a third of the nation’s uninsured, and for a number of reasons, signing them up has been harder. According to the latest government statistics, as of Jan. 16, two months into the current open enrollment period, just 10 percent of those who had enrolled in the 37 states served by healthcare.gov are Latino. Despite a concerted effort by officials and health law advocates to reach Latinos, that’s up only slightly from 7 percent during the first few months of last year’s enrollment. Nonetheless, the Department of Health and Human Services and pro-health-law groups have stepped up their...
  • Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies

    01/27/2015 5:57:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | by Chad Terhune
    * Almost 90% of Obamacare enrollees in California qualified for financial help based on their income last year. * Average monthly Obamacare subsidy in California was $436 per household last year. * A big challenge for California's health insurance exchange is signing up more middle-income people. Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies during the rollout of the federal health law last year. Those individuals and families paid $1.1 billion in premiums themselves, meaning for every dollar they spent the federal government paid an additional $3 to their health insurer. Health policy experts said the fact that subsidies covered...
  • Might Your Workers Be Eligible For Medicaid? Start-Up Helps Employers Find Out

    01/07/2015 3:36:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Phil Galewitz
    The Gold ‘N Silver Inn in Reno, Nev., has long offered health coverage to its employees — but many of the cooks, dishwashers and waiters who make close to minimum wage can’t afford the $100 monthly premium. Last January, when Nevada became one of more than two dozen states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, 10 of the diner’s 55 employees qualified for the government insurance program for low-income Americans. None of them realized it, however, until the family-run restaurant hired BeneStream, a New York-based start-up funded partly by the Ford Foundation. BeneStream charges $40 to screen each...
  • ARE WE BEING LED INTO THE COMMUNIST BOX CANYON OF OBAMACARE BY BOEHNER, CANTOR AND RYAN?

    10/11/2013 8:29:17 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 32 replies
    Graewoulf | October 11, 2013 | Graewoulf
    If Boehner and his House RINOs Cave In, and do NOT defund the Communist Law Obamacare, have they led us into the no escape, Communist Box Canyon called Obamacare? If Obamacare is not defunded by Boehner, Cantor and Ryan, then a name change is in order. Suggestions are as follows: BOEHNERCARE, or RINOCARE. Note: Capital letters are preferred to remind us of the Capital offense these sorry RINOs will have done to our descendants. In this way we can more accurately be reminded of who the real enemies of Freedom of Choice really are: Boehner and his House RINOs. What...
  • Investors see four million signing up for Obamacare in 2014: survey

    09/16/2013 4:30:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 16, 2013 | By Lewis Krauskopf
    Investors expect 4 million Americans to initially enroll in the state insurance marketplaces created under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to a survey released on Monday, as concerns mount that technical glitches could present obstacles to enrollment. The expectations of the investors - hedge funds, institutional clients and other investors surveyed by Citigroup, 56 in total - fall far short of a Congressional Budget Office forecast that 7 million Americans will seek subsidized health coverage through the online exchanges. Starting on October 1, Americans have six months to enroll for coverage in 2014.
  • SEIU to help encourage health care enrollment

    09/10/2013 2:33:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | September 10, 2013 | by Kris B. Mamula
    The Service Employees International Union is teaming with the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage health care coverage through a new marketplace. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday welcomed SEIU's help at a news conference at Allegheny General Hospital. The SEIU will focus on Pennsylvania and 13 other states where there are concentrations of people without health care coverage to get them enrolled starting Oct. 1. SEIU members will help convince the uninsured to enroll in the health care marketplace, called an exchange.