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Health website to remain a work in progress

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 2:04 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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  • Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

    Posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Barack Obama

    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

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  • Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Barack Obama

    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

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  • Critics: Some unions could get break from fees

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:16 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

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  • Sebelius takes GOP criticism over “Obamacare”

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:11 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

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  • White House sidesteps on “Obamacare” change

    Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Barack Obama

    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

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  • Key dates in Obama health care overhaul law

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Barack Obama, John Dingell, Marcela Owens

    The Associated Press Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, and within a year seniors were receiving coverage. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and the uninsured start getting coverage more than three years later on Jan. 1, 2014. Some key dates in the saga of Obama’s signature legislation: March 23, 2010 — Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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  • A state-by-state breakdown of primary care doctors

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Stephanie Place, Abigale, Lopez, Valeria Lopez, Carolina Lopez

    The Associated Press A look at the number of active primary care physicians by state, the rate per capita and each state’s ranking nationally, according to a 2011 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The doctors represent those who self-reported dealing directly with patients, as opposed to primary care physicians who are teaching, involved in research or doing mostly administrative work. Updated information is expected to be available

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  • ‘Obamacare’ contractors project confidence

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Cecilia Fontenot

    RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested. With just three weeks to go before new state health insurance markets launch, efforts are ongoing to reliably link up government agencies, the markets themselves and

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  • Health law could overwhelm addiction services

    Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Shavonne Bullock, Michelle Adams

    CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier, according to many experts, has

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  • Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

    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 over

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  • Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Stephanie Place, Maria Cazho

    ANN SANNER, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting face time with the family doctor could soon become even harder. A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country is expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain coverage under the federal health care law next year. Doctors could face a backlog, and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Attempts to address

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  • Exchanges create confusion for Medicare recipients

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Ida Gall, Sophia Forbes

    KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to some older consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called “Obamacare.” Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to do anything differently and will continue to go to to sign up for plans. But advocates say many have been

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  • ABCs of Obamacare: a glossary for consumers

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The Associated Press- Major new laws come with their own jargon, and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is no exception. With the first open enrollment season kicking off for the uninsured, here are some terms consumers might want to get familiar with:   Affordable Care Act — The most common formal name for the health care law. Its full title is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Opponents

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  • Applying for health insurance? Homework involved

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Health Overhaul Applying For Coverage

    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. The

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  • An overview of some of the key changes to health care services under the Affordable Care Act

    Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Barack Obama, John Dingell, Marcela Owens

    The Associated Press ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS Under the law, health insurers must cover 10 essential benefits. This will make health plans more costly, but also more comprehensive. Starting next year, the rules will apply to all plans offered to individuals or through the small-group market to employers with 50 or fewer workers. The essential-benefits requirement does not apply to plans offered by larger employers, which typically offer most of these,

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