January 7, 2014 |
The frantic image-making by Democrats and Republicans as the 2014 elections loom rippled through the Senate debate Tuesday over whether to extend jobless benefits that expired late last year. For Democrats, who unanimously supported a procedural vote on the benefit extension, the issue offered an opportunity to come to the defense of a middle class still reeling from the economic downturn despite the abundant returns visited upon Wall Street. For Republicans, only six of whom crossed party lines to further the benefit extension, the day brought a renewed effort to tie jobless relief to Obamacare, the issue that they hope will stagger Democrats in the fall.
January 7, 2014 |
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization of Roman Catholic nuns that runs nursing homes around the country, is testing the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Last week, we're sorry to say, the nuns won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Under the law, most employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control. But the Obama administration agreed to a compromise for nonprofit religious groups that object to contraception, exempting them from paying for such coverage.
January 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson filed suit Monday to challenge what he called the Obama administration's abuse of executive authority in issuing rules over how members of Congress and their staff receive coverage under the president's signature health law. The Republican senator's lawsuit, filed in Wisconsin district court, seeks to overturn a rule adopted by the administration's Office of Personnel Management to continue contributing a...
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.
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December 29, 2013 |
It's one of the next big hurdles for the Obamacare rollout: What will happen when hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians shift from county health plans to the state's huge Medi-Cal system on Jan. 1? Judging from a similar surge in 2011, patients and physicians could see plenty of problems. Starting on New Year's Day - Wednesday - as many as a million formerly uninsured or underinsured people will begin moving onto Medi-Cal rolls and reporting to clinics and hospitals that have agreed to provide treatment at set rates.
December 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - More than 1.1 million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the marketplace operated by the federal government, the Obama administration announced Sunday. A late-December surge in sign-ups - combined with rising enrollment on similar marketplaces operated by 14 states and the District of Columbia - means that about 2 million people nationwide appear to have signed up for health coverage under President Obama's health law since Oct. 1. Not all states have reported their enrollment numbers through Dec. 24, so an exact tally is not available.
December 29, 2013 |
If you managed to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare before the Dec. 23 deadline for coverage that starts Wednesday, you may be wondering what's next. First, you'll want to be looking for confirmation from your insurance company that you are enrolled. Then you need to pay your first monthly bill. And finally, you will want to get that all-important insurance card. It acts as proof of insurance at the doctor's office, the emergency room or the hospital. Matt Hamill was one of those concerned about the paperwork for his new health plan.
December 27, 2013
Re "The umpteenth fix," Editorial, Dec. 24 The Times writes, "We only wish Congress was more engaged in making the law work rather than battling endlessly to make it go away. " Lawmakers and their concerted efforts to drag down the Obama administration have tainted the merits of the monumental achievement of healthcare reform from its birth. It would have been extraordinary if the transition had gone smoothly. There are delays, fixes and tweaks, but instead of spinning the negativity, the end result is what we must be focusing on: a country that finally can say most of its citizens are protected by medical coverage.