December 12, 2013 |
California's insurance exchange said 159,000 people have enrolled in private health plans through early December, but very few Latinos are signing up. In figures released Thursday, the Covered California exchange also said 179,000 people appear likely to qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor. State officials said early returns this month indicate enrollment continues to accelerate ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to apply if people want coverage in place Jan. 1. About 7,100 people daily have selected a health plan during the first week of December.
December 12, 2013 |
It was just last week when officials at the state's health insurance exchange, Covered California, gave the green light to Obama impersonator Iman Crosson to come up with a rap song to sell young people on the virtues of Obamacare. The turnaround was going to be quick. The 31-year-old actor began scrolling for beats that might work with President Obama's "flow, his cadence, his pauses," Crosson said - traits he has perfected after performing as Obama for years. With some help from comedy writers, he began writing lyrics against the melody of a Snoop Dogg song; after two hours in the studio, Obama doppelganger "B-Rock O'Beezy" was born, jamming to what might be the first rap song about preexisting conditions.
December 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Growing numbers of Americans are signing up for insurance through President Obama's health law, with more than 250,000 selecting a plan in November, according to a new government report. That is more than double the number in October, when problems with the new HealthCare.gov website made enrollment virtually impossible in most states for long stretches of time. Last month's tally is fueling renewed optimism among supporters of the Affordable Care Act who believe that fixes to the federal site will rescue the law, commonly known as Obamacare, from its disastrous debut.
December 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Roughly 10% of the enrollment forms the federal health insurance website submits to insurance companies include errors, an administration official said Friday, claiming progress on fixing a critical piece of the troubled online marketplace. The error rate for the so-called 834 forms, which relay consumers' personal information to the insurance company they have selected, may have been as high as a quarter of all transactions in October and November, before a flurry of repairs to the HealthCare.gov website, said Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
December 5, 2013 |
California's health exchange is struggling to keep pace with a surge of applicants who are encountering long waits and website problems as they try to meet a Dec. 23 deadline. In response to higher-than-expected demand, the Covered California exchange said it is adding staff and expanding its capacity to answer consumer calls. It received 17,000 calls in less than an hour Wednesday, more than it received in an entire day in recent weeks. The exchange is also trying to dig through a backlog of 25,000 paper applications filed in October and November.
December 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the clearest sign yet that the federal health insurance website is vastly improved, about 29,000 people enrolled in insurance plans over the first two days of this week, exceeding the number of enrollments on the site in all of October, according to a source familiar with the data. The 29,000 figure tallies the number of people able to select health plans Sunday and Monday, the 48-hour window after the administration's deadline for making major repairs to the HealthCare.gov website.
December 2, 2013 |
Trying to stem a steady erosion in employer health coverage, California's insurance exchange said it's looking to enroll 7,000 small businesses next year as part of the federal healthcare law. At an event in Los Angeles on Monday, officials with Covered California said their online marketplace for small firms is fully operational and that more than 1,500 businesses had already created shopping accounts on the state website. California officials sought to dispel any confusion after an employer-related delay last week by the separate federal exchange in 36 other states.
December 1, 2013 |
The opportunity to be reborn is a rare gift indeed, granted to few beyond the mythical phoenix and some adherents of the Baptist faith. Them - and the Affordable Care Act, which this week will undergo what its supporters hope will be a second launch much different from its first. Reports are flowing in that HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment website serving residents of 36 states that didn't bother to set up their own sites, is working much better than at any time since its calamitous launch on Oct. 1. There may still be glitches ahead, especially if the Dec. 1 relaunch brings a torrent of attempted enrollments all at once, but the feds' confidence that the worst of the consumer-facing problems are behind them seems reasonable.
November 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has moved to accommodate consumers who are frustrated by the troubled healthcare.gov website, giving Americans an extra eight days in December to sign up for health coverage for 2014 under the president's health law. Consumers were originally required to select a health plan by Dec. 15 to be covered Jan. 1. Americans now have until Dec. 23 to select a plan that will start coverage at the beginning of the year,...
November 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Moving to accommodate consumers frustrated by the troubled healthcare.gov website, the Obama administration announced Friday that Americans would have an extra week to sign up for health coverage for 2014. The president's healthcare law originally required consumers to select a health plan by Dec. 15 in order to be covered on Jan. 1. Americans will now have until Dec. 23 to select a plan, administration officials said in a conference call for reporters. The delay should allow all Americans who want to get a health plan to get coverage in time for next year, said Jeff Zients, who is overseeing the White House's efforts to rescue the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act. PHOTOS: The battle over Obamacare Zients also said that upgrades to the healthcare.gov website were on track to allow consumers to select a plan, even when enrollment surges as the deadline approaches.