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HHS finalizes transgender anti-discrimination rule

HHS finalizes transgender anti-discrimination rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 14, 2016

HHS has finalized a rule that bans discrimination against transgender people throughout the healthcare system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The final rule comes amid the U.S. Justice Department's heated fight against a North Carolina law.

CMS delays star ratings for HealthCare.gov plans

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 04, 2016

The CMS has delayed plans to roll out a star-rating system intended to help consumers make informed health coverage decisions when shopping on HealthCare.gov.

What UnitedHealth's retreat says about the ACA marketplaces

What UnitedHealth's retreat says about the ACA marketplaces

By Bob Herman  |  April 23, 2016

UnitedHealth Group's decision to pull out of most of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges created a big headache for the Obama administration, but the reality of the situation is a lot more nuanced than it might appear.

Security flaws found in three state health insurance websites

By Associated Press  |  April 08, 2016

Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed.

Report: HealthCare.gov logged 316 cybersecurity incidents

By Associated Press  |  March 23, 2016

The web portal used by millions of consumers to get health insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's law logged 316 security incidents in just under 18 months, said a report Wednesday by nonpartisan congressional investigators.

Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time

By Associated Press  |  March 08, 2016

Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under the Affordable Care Act, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday. Among its customers who owe a penalty for the 2015 tax year, the average fine is $383, compared with $172 for 2014.

HealthCare.gov 'passive' on heading off fraud

By Associated Press  |  February 24, 2016

With billions of taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud related to the president's healthcare reform law, nonpartisan congressional investigators said in a report due out Wednesday.

CMS mismanagement blamed for HealthCare.gov debacle

By Joseph Conn  |  February 23, 2016

A fresh look at the darkest days of the Affordable Care Act by HHS' Office of Inspector General affirms the criticisms lobbed at the Obama administration in the months after the disastrous 2013 launch of HealthCare.gov. But the OIG also praised the administration for its nimble recovery.

Oscar debuts in California, but very few enroll

By Bob Herman  |  February 17, 2016

Oscar Insurance Corp., the New York-based startup health insurer, enrolled only 2,000 people on California's exchange, a minuscule 0.1% of state residents who bought its 2016 exchange plan.

CBO report will offer details on federal healthcare costs

CBO report will offer details on federal healthcare costs

By Bob Herman  |  January 23, 2016

The Congressional Budget Office's annual update on the federal balance sheet arrives Monday, and it appears spending on Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act is contributing to a spike in the deficit.

Tax error complicates financial help for some with Obamacare

By Associated Press  |  January 09, 2016

About 1.4 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law failed to properly account for it on their tax returns last year, putting their subsidies at risk if they want to keep coverage.

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