January 4, 2014 |
Amid deepening consumer frustration, California's health exchange extended the payment deadline to Jan. 15 for insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 under the federal healthcare law. The state's move late Saturday comes as many enrollees continue to report problems getting an invoice from their insurance company or paying their first month's premium so coverage is retroactive to Jan. 1. Consumers say they have encountered website glitches trying...
January 2, 2014 |
When the White House and its allies sought to regain control of the healthcare debate as Obamacare rolled into effect Wednesday, the face of that effort was not President Obama, but Mary-Therese - a Floridian who said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and then lost her coverage. "I've been waiting a long time for Jan. 1, 2014," she says in a Web ad from Organizing for Action, the advocacy group born out of the president's campaign operation. But the story about the healthcare law being publicized in a new video from the campaign of Monica Wehby , a Republican making a long-shot bid against Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in Oregon, was very different.
December 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary exemption late Tuesday to a small group of Catholic nuns that shields it from having to comply with a part of President Obama's healthcare law that requires it to provide contraceptive coverage in its insurance plans. She acted on an emergency appeal from lawyers for the group who said the nuns faced "draconian fines" beginning on New Year's Day if they failed to comply with the law widely known as Obamacare. Sotomayor gave the government until Friday to file a response in the case.
December 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering healthcare coverage to millions nationwide. Administration officials reported Sunday that about 1.1 million people had enrolled in health plans using the federal website, HealthCare.gov, the main entry point for coverage in 36 states. Nearly all the enrollments came in the last couple of weeks as the deadline approached for coverage that would take effect Jan. 1. Several hundred thousand people have enrolled on separate sites run by 14 states and the District of Columbia, with the largest figure coming from California, where more than 400,000 have signed up. An exact count nationwide is not yet available because not all states have tallied their figures, but the total appears to be about 2 million.
December 26, 2013 |
METAIRIE, La. - In the months before Congress passed the president's healthcare law, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu faced a deluge: The office phones rang off the hook, the mail was heavy and a few restive constituents - well aware of the cameras - showed up at her events urging her to vote against it. The three-term Louisiana Democrat was one of the final holdouts, but ultimately she backed the bill. And now in this red state - where President Obama lost by 18 percentage points in 2012 - her opponents intend to make her pay the price.
December 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Midnight on Monday is the much-talked-of deadline for Americans to enroll in health plans that will be effective Jan. 1. Here are five key facts to keep in mind. 1. It's a deadline -- sort of. Monday is the last day to sign up for coverage effective Jan. 1, but it's not the last day to sign up overall. Open enrollment continues through March. If a person enrolls Thursday, for example, he or she will still get coverage, but it wouldn't begin until February.
December 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama, despite a year marked by stumbles and unforced errors, vowed to deliver a "year of action" in 2014, telling reporters Friday that his healthcare law was rebounding, his immigration overhaul effort was still alive and his stormy relations with Congress were showing signs of "possible daylight breaking. " The president's sunny outlook for his sixth year, offered at his year-end news conference, came backed by some hopeful data for the beleaguered administration.
December 12, 2013 |
On the day after declaring war on the conservative groups that helped propel his party to power in the House, Speaker John Boehner on Thursday was advancing a two-pronged strategy - delivering another brush-back pitch at them while arguing that everyone needs to just move along to more fertile territory for Republicans. Boehner said during a Thursday news conference that outside groups pressuring members to vote down the new budget deal were “misleading their followers. I think they're pushing our members in places where they don't want to be. And frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility.” The speaker blamed the groups for pushing Republicans in Congress into their unpopular decision to shut down the government - “My members know,” he said, “that wasn't exactly the strategy that I had in mind” - and defended himself as “as conservative as anybody around this place.” As Boehner objected again to the tactics employed by moneyed groups like Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, who have warned members that they are expecting “no” votes on the deal, he also sought from his opening words to shift attention back to the rocky rollout of the president's healthcare plan.
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.