March 26, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - With a March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under President Obama's health law approaching, more than a million people a day are visiting HealthCare.gov, administration officials said Wednesday. The site - the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states - got 1.2 million visitors Tuesday and 1.1 million visitors Monday, according to the administration. At the same time, call centers received more than 500,000 calls over those two days. Despite the crush, the website, which crashed repeatedly last year, has been stable, said Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive who has been overseeing the website operations as a senior advisor to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
March 24, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, has acknowledged the possibility of moving the franchise back to Los Angeles if Oakland can't get its act together on a new stadium. That's interesting. But if words translated into actions, the L.A. market would have landed an NFL team or two 15 years ago. More than half of the league's 32 teams have been linked to L.A. at one point or another, as in, Team 'X' could potentially move if it can't get a stadium deal where it is. At the league's annual meetings Monday, Davis said his patience is wearing thin over the Coliseum City project, the proposed redevelopment of the 850 acres in and around the Oakland Coliseum to create new homes for the Raiders, Athletics and Golden State Warriors.
March 23, 2014 |
If you don't have health insurance and want it, now is the time to act. The deadline to sign up for coverage under Obamacare is fast approaching. Experts have many suggestions. Some recommendations are as easy as calling the state insurance exchange, insurers, insurance brokers or one of many enrollment counselors hired to help you. But have patience. It could involve a long wait. Here are things to consider. Know the deadline. You have until March 31 to buy a private health plan that will take effect by May 1. If you miss the deadline, you won't be eligible to buy insurance again until open enrollment returns in November, and that coverage won't take effect until 2015.
March 21, 2014 |
Milk, bread and Obamacare. Ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline, the Covered California exchange said Friday that it reached a deal with pharmacy giant CVS Caremark Corp. and the Ralphs grocery chain to promote the healthcare law inside their stores. The state said it will have health insurance information displays at the front of CVS stores. At Ralphs supermarkets, shoppers can get brochures and other information, hear in-store announcements and see messages on their receipts about health coverage.
March 20, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act. That's Obama's deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31...
March 20, 2014 |
Nearly half of callers to California's health insurance exchange in February and March couldn't get through and abandoned their call, state figures show. Those service woes could worsen as more people try to beat the March 31 deadline to get Obamacare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Also Thursday, the Covered California exchange reported progress on another front: low enrollment among the state's large Latino population. At its monthly board meeting, the exchange said 32% of health plan enrollees in the first two weeks of March described themselves as Latino.
March 13, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout has not set a deadline for negotiations on a long-term contract extension, and the Angels' center fielder said Thursday he would not be opposed to talks carrying into the regular season. Players in similar situations often prefer to sign before the start of the season, so talks don't become a distraction, or put off negotiations until after the season. Not Trout, 22, who finished second in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2012 and 2013. "It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension.
March 13, 2014 |
California is nearing 1 million people enrolled in Obamacare coverage, but the state's insurance exchange is still running behind in signing up Latinos and young people. In figures released Thursday, the state said 923,832 people had picked a health plan through March 9, and about 1.5 million people have enrolled or been deemed eligible for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor. But the overall rate of health plan sign-ups slowed during February, partly hurt by a five-day outage of the state's enrollment website.
March 11, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Obama's health law, administration officials announced Tuesday. The new enrollment report confirms that the administration and its allies probably will fall well short of the 7 million sign-ups that they had hoped to get in 2014. Administration officials would not even say if they believe they will enroll 6 million people, as projected by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
March 6, 2014 |
Two weeks have passed since the NBA trading deadline, two weeks for Matt Barnes to contemplate his future with the Clippers. Barnes has elevated his game during that time, but it still appears to weigh on the small forward that he was among Clippers mentioned in trade talks with the New York Knicks. Rather than sulk, Barnes has seemed to use that as fuel for perhaps his best stretch of games all season. In six games after the trade deadline passed, Barnes averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists before the Clippers played the Lakers on Thursday night at Staples Center.