WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration asked insurers on Thursday to be flexible with Americans trying to buy new health policies through the federal website HealthCare.gov, as officials race to fix problems still plaguing the enrollment process.
U.S. officials laid out a series of steps to help prevent disruptions in coverage for health policies due to start January 1, including the possibility of retroactive coverage.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
touted improvements to its new health insurance website on
Wednesday and opposition Republicans shifted their criticism to
the slow pace of early enrollments and fears some people may be
left uninsured when coverage starts on Jan. 1.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,
in her third congressional hearing since the disastrous Oct. 1
rollout of the website at the center of President Barack Obama’s
policy overhaul, sought to reassure lawmakers that steps were
being taken to find out what went wrong and to install a
stronger management team.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of people seeking health insurance under Obamacare more than doubled in November to around 250,000, according to a government report on Wednesday, showing the landmark healthcare law is still far from its goal of extending coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.
The new tally brought the cumulative total for October and November to 365,000 people who have selected health plans in new online marketplaces set up in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Just over 800,000 have been determined eligible for government health coverage including the Medicaid program for the poor.
By David Morgan and Lewis Krauskopf
(Reuters) – A surge of visitors clogged the U.S. government’s revamped healthcare insurance shopping website on Monday, signaling that President Barack Obama’s administration has a way to go in fixing the portal that showcases his signature domestic policy.
Facing its first big test since officials proclaimed over the weekend that they had met their deadline to make HealthCare.gov run smoothly for the “vast majority” of users, the site performed markedly better than it did during its disastrous launch two months ago – but was still short of the crisply running insurance marketplace Obama once touted.
Dec 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his
HealthCare.gov website face another critical test this week, as
Americans who have been unable to enroll for health insurance
coverage rush to a site that continues to face challenges.
While the administration said it met its weekend deadline
for making the website operate smoothly for most users, it must
prove HealthCare.gov can handle a surge of enrollment as
non-profit groups begin efforts to reach consumers before a Dec.
23 deadline for coverage that begins Jan. 1.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his HealthCare.gov website face another critical test starting this week, as Americans who have been unable to enroll in health coverage under Obamacare rush to a site that continues to face challenges.
A day after the administration said it met its weekend deadline for making HealthCare.gov operate smoothly for most users, networks of volunteer organizations are expected to resume enrollment activities after a long U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend, many of them with backlogs of would-be applicants waiting for access.
Dec 1 (Reuters) – Two months after the disastrous launch of
a key component of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law,
administration officials on Sunday said they had achieved their
goal of getting HealthCare.gov operating smoothly but warned the
website will need more fixes.
Obama’s specially appointed adviser Jeffrey Zients said a
five-week emergency “tech surge” had doubled the capacity of the
online health insurance portal while making it more responsive
and less prone to errors.
WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Two months after Obamacare’s
disastrous launch, senior administration officials on Sunday
will seek to showcase the repairs to the government’s troubled
website meant to sign up millions of people who need subsidized
President Barack Obama’s specially appointed adviser,
Jeffrey Zients, is expected to describe the results of a
five-week emergency effort aimed at making the federal
HealthCare.gov website more accessible to users, more responsive
and less prone to errors, according to officials.
WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration says
it is on target to make its problematic health insurance website
work smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by this weekend,
but some Americans who want coverage by Jan. 1 may not be able
to get it – even if they successfully navigate the portal and
sign up for a plan.
The problem, according to insurance industry officials and
other specialists, is that the administration is behind schedule
in building a computer program needed to help insurers verify
the names, insurance plan choices and other details of those who
sign up for health coverage under the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday postponed online health insurance enrollment for small businesses under Obamacare for one year, a move quickly seized upon by critics as proof the healthcare reform law should be delayed or replaced.
The announcement affecting businesses with 50 or fewer workers was the latest in a series of delays that have diminished the scope of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.