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ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
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Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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Insurers pour money into fight against Calif. ballot initiative
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes, a power that could make a big difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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Uninsured rate drops faster in states friendly to Obamacare
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have embraced the federal healthcare law are seeing significantly sharper reductions in the rate of individuals lacking health insurance than are states that are not implementing key provisions of the law, according to a Gallup survey.
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Tax preparers' new role: Health-coverage advisers
By New York Times | April 15, 2014
Iris I. Burnell, an adviser at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, has prepared scores of returns in the last few months, as she does every year ahead of the April 15 filing deadline. But many of her consultations this year have also included educating clients about the tax implications of the Affordable...
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HHS nominee Burwell faces formidable task in cementing ACA
By Paul Demko | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On Thursday morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used the platform of a budget hearing on Capitol Hill to announce that enrollment in Obamacare's exchanges topped 7.5 million. A day later, she stood beside the president as he announced her resignation and introduced her successor.
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Cover Oregon exchange: Fix it or go federal, officials say
By The Oregonian (Portland) | April 11, 2014
A Cover Oregon advisory committee has narrowed options for whether to scrap or salvage the troubled health insurance exchange, officials announced Thursday. By the end of April the Cover Oregon board will choose between either fixing its existing technology with a new development plan, or going to...
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns
By Paul Demko | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post barely a week after the close of the tumultuous initial open-enrollment period for the healthcare reform law's insurance exchanges.
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Rite Aid expects scant revenue gains from newly insured
By Virgil Dickson | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Rite Aid, the country's third-largest pharmacy chain, expects little new income from customers who purchased private coverage through federal and state insurance exchanges, President and CEO John Standley told analysts during an earnings call Thursday.
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Boots on the ground brought out last-minute Latino ACA signups
By Rachel Landen | April 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A last-minute shift to more community and local outreach along with other grass-roots marketing strategies helped state exchanges and enrollment organizations boost Latino signups just before the March 31 deadline after months of lagging enrollment in Obamacare plans.
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