We want to know how you are affected by Obamacare. Have you signed up for coverage through the new health insurance exchanges? Are you getting insurance for the first time? Are your premiums going up? Tell us about your experience. More »
Lee Hammack and his wife JoEllen Brothers thought they had a great insurance plan. Now, their cost is more than doubling to $1,300 a month, with higher out-of-pocket costs. More »
Nov. 1 marked one month since the disastrous start of Healthcare.gov, and we took a look at whose winning and losing in real life because of it. More »
Forgotten amid the controversial health exchange rollout: The deep impact of last year’s Supreme Court ruling letting states opt out of expanding Medicaid. More »
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New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April.
With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.
Sign-ups are supposed to formally end today, and attention is shifting from marketing to measuring whether the law is meetings its goals.
After signing up for coverage and disclosing they were smokers, about 100 New Hampshire consumers find their new Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield policies canceled because they were charged incorrect “non-smoker” rates.
Fellow at American Enterprise Institute faults steps by the Obama administration to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act, saying they amount to dismantling the program in ways that will make it harder to sustain.
The Obama administration reports a big jump in sign-ups under Affordable Care Act, but it didn’t break down how many enrollees paid their premiums, how many were previously uninsured and which plans they chose.
A handful of states have released enrollment figures for insurance plans on their insurance exchanges. Those with the most sign-ups were market leaders in the days before the Affordable Care Act.
Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland and Massachusetts are still struggling to get back on track after a disastrous launch that makes HealthCare.gov look successful by comparison.
The president of the Commonwealth Fund says the implementation of the act is going pretty well, all things considered. He said it will be a success if 5 million people enroll in private exchanges by March 31. The 2016 election will be the “ultimate and probably final judgment on the law,” he says.
Consumers sometimes find that complaints on social media get a faster response than calls or emails.
A California man says his insurer rolled him into a new plan and deducted money from his bank account without his approval. Insurers have promised refunds, but he hasn’t received one yet.
After months of hype and hysteria, insurance policies purchased under the Affordable Care Act went into effect on New Year’s Day, and journalists have largely pivoted from writing about the problems of HealthCare.gov to how the law is actually working for consumers.
The Obama administration has released enrollment statistics for the first three months. There’s much we now know, but even more that we don’t.
In New Jersey, people who believe they’ve qualified for Medicaid coverage under the health reform law might not actually be enrolled.
Confusion reigns as state and federal officials allow people to find and pay for new health insurance plans.
Kaiser Foundation expert predicts that, “What we’ll start to see in January are the real effects of the law, rather than the more hypothetical ones we’ve been talking about up until now.”
New York also sees a surge in Affordable Care Act enrollments as the deadline approaches for coverage starting Jan. 1.
Oregon, California and other states are clogged with backlogs of paper applications that some fear might not be approved before the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for health insurance.
Analysts say that excluding holidays, people enrolling in new health care plans by the Dec. 23 deadline have only a few days to pay their first premium. Missing the deadline could create a coverage gap for those converting from an old plan to a new one, or delay coverage for the uninsured.
Enrollees who don’t qualify for Medicaid are being told they do, and processing delays could keep some who are eligible for Medicaid out of the program in early 2014.
With the website working better on the consumer front, attention has turned to whether insurance companies are actually getting enrollment information — what tekkies call “834” data.
Performance issues continue to dog the federal government’s updated health care marketplace. Live chat helper: “Yes, others are experiencing the same problem.”
Harum Helmy fell through a crack created by last year’s Supreme Court decision allowing states to avoid expanding Medicaid. Now, she is among millions who earn less than the poverty level but can’t get subsidized private insurance.
The Obama administration says the site can now handle 50,000 unique visitors at a time, but it doesn’t appear able to keep up with the load.
It’s unclear whether the improvements are enough to salvage the Affordable Care Act’s central element and ensure consumers can get coverage before the Dec. 23 deadline.
Half those whose insurance is being canceled will pay more for plans meeting the Affordable Care Act requirements.
Over a month, 10 hearings plumb the problems with HealthCare.gov.
Just a fraction of the 500,000 people expected to enroll in Obamacare via the new health exchanges have done so, according to media reports anticipating the official numbers. But there’s more to the story.
High co-pays and deductibles may surprise health consumers after their new policies take effect next year under the Affordable Care Act.
Donald Berwick, the president’s former Medicare and Medicaid administrator, says problems with the health reform rollout have masked benefits that millions of people are getting.
Many state and federal insurance pools covering patients with pre-existing conditions are set to close Dec. 31, but it’s an open question whether patients will be able to find policies on Healthcare.gov in time.
Lack of kids’ dental benefits, other coverage gaps help “tank” couple’s Kaiser Permanente insurance plan — but so did contracts with California’s health insurance exchange.
We want to know how you are affected by Obamacare. Have you signed up for coverage through the new health insurance exchanges? Are you getting insurance for the first time? Are your premiums going up? Tell us about your experience.
Lee Hammack and his wife JoEllen Brothers thought they had a great insurance plan. Now, their cost is more than doubling to $1,300 a month, with higher out-of-pocket costs.
A former federal health official says consumers in the individual health-care market deserved more of a heads-up about what was coming under Obamacare.
While California's insurance commissioner forces a three-month delay for 115,000 cancellations, Obama administration says consumers are being “migrated” to better policies.
Charlie Ornstein and Steve Engelberg talk about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are about to lose their current health plans under the Affordable Care Act, and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Inside the Obama administration, political considerations slowed development of the health care exchanges. Or was it a blanket of Republican opposition around the country?
Today marks one month since the disastrous start of Healthcare.gov, and we take a look at whose winning and losing in real life because of it.
Hundreds of thousands of individual policyholders, at minimum, will have to find new plans as insurers respond to new coverage requirements under Obamacare. But is that necessarily bad?
Q&A with Sandy Praeger, a Republican insurance commissioner in a state that’s refused to go along with the Affordable Care Act.
Among the proferred questions for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: Why has no one been fired?
ProPublica’s Charlie Ornstein and Steve Engelberg discuss what exactly went wrong with the federal government’s insurance marketplace.
Forgotten amid the controversial health exchange rollout: The deep impact of last year’s Supreme Court ruling letting states opt out of expanding Medicaid.
A House committee focuses on what went wrong with the Healthcare.gov rollout and why. Here’s the backstory.
Health and Human Services asked for comments about its website. It got them by the hundreds. Consumers and insurance agents say they were stymied, and one applicant said he and his wife were wrongly listed as incarcerated — then denied.
“The metaphor is the Wright Brothers, not the Indianapolis 500,” says Ian Morrison. “Let’s just get this sucker up in the air before we declare that flying is a bad idea.”
“It was the Twitter equivalent of blurbing a book using the one positive line from a review that actually trashed the book,” the Washington correspondent says.
Critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout say its technology problems are overwhelming. Defenders point to the states, where the health insurance marketplaces seem to be working.
Beyond problems consumers have had logging in to the new federal insurance marketplace website, insurers report major problems with the back-end system for actually enrolling people.
Federal officials have pointed to overwhelming demand to explain the site's problems. But web developers, other experts and journalists have uncovered more fundamental issues with the design and functioning of the site.
How many people have enrolled in health plans using the new federal exchange? Er, nobody seems to have a clue.
It’s simple: Make the enrollment software work like Medicare Part D.
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