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Oct 3, 2013

With Obamacare systems still slow, backlog of the uninsured builds

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Access to new online
health insurance exchanges remained limited on Thursday for
millions of Americans seeking information on Obamacare benefits,
creating a backlog of the uninsured seeking coverage.

Local health clinics, nonprofit community groups and others
have stepped forward to assist would-be beneficiaries in person.
They saw an unexpected influx of phone calls and walk-in visits
from uninsured people who couldn’t access their state’s online
marketplace due to heavy traffic and technical problems.

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. government scrambles to provide access to Obamacare sites

Oct 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday scrambled
to add computer capacity to handle an unexpectedly large number
of Americans logging onto new online insurance marketplaces
created under Present Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Technical glitches and heavy traffic slowed Tuesday’s launch
of the marketplaces, particularly for the federal Healthcare.gov
website serving 36 states.

Oct 2, 2013

Web traffic, glitches slow Obamacare exchanges launch

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer

(Reuters) – Technical glitches and heavy internet traffic slowed Tuesday’s launch of new online insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, showcasing the challenge of covering millions of uninsured Americans.

The opening itself represented a victory for Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement after years of attack from Republican foes and delays in building the technology infrastructure to support sites in 50 U.S. states. It defied a partial federal government shutdown precipitated by Republican efforts to delay the law’s implementation.

Oct 1, 2013

Obamacare launch hits early hitch as online traffic snarls up sites

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer

(Reuters) – The U.S. government launched the centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform on Tuesday, opening new insurance marketplaces across the country for millions of uninsured Americans, but technical glitches prevented early access to many of their websites.

The opening of the state marketplaces, or exchanges, went ahead despite a partial federal government shutdown precipitated by Republican opposition to the healthcare law that deadlocked a spending bill in Congress.

Oct 1, 2013

Obamacare launch poised to reach millions despite shutdown drama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Millions of Americans will learn on Tuesday what President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law actually means for them, as the administration opens new insurance marketplaces in 50 states despite the government shutdown.

The launch marks a milestone for Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, which aims to provide subsidized healthcare to millions of the uninsured, the most ambitious U.S. social program since Medicare was introduced in the 1960s.

Sep 30, 2013

Obamacare push accelerates as U.S. government shutdown nears

By David Morgan and Sharon Begley

(Reuters) – The Obama administration accelerated its push to persuade individual Americans to sign up for the most extensive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in 50 years on Monday, as the program’s foes in Congress fought to delay its launch with the threat of a federal government shutdown.

In opinion pieces featured in nearly 30 local newspapers, Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged millions of uninsured Americans to ignore the battle in Congress over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, and instead focus on the access their families need to medical services.

Sep 30, 2013

Obamacare push accelerates as U.S. gov’t shutdown nears

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Obama administration accelerated its
push to persuade individual Americans to sign up for the most
extensive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in 50 years on
Monday, as the program’s foes in Congress fought to delay its
launch with the threat of a federal government shutdown.

In opinion pieces featured in nearly 30 local newspapers,
Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius urged millions of uninsured Americans to
ignore the battle in Congress over President Barack Obama’s
healthcare law, and instead focus on the access their families
need to medical services.

Sep 26, 2013

New delays hit Obamacare rollout before October 1 launch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government announced new delays in rolling out President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, saying small business and Spanish-language health insurance enrollment services would not begin on October 1 as planned.

Five days before enrollment is set to begin for millions of uninsured Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said employers with 50 or fewer workers will not be able to sign their staff up for private insurance in federally operated exchanges until a month later, November 1, because of technical problems.

Sep 25, 2013

Obamacare sign-up effort finds urban allies in ‘red’ states

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Behind the political battle lines on Obamacare, the three-story headquarters of Change Happens rises like a fortress in a blighted southeast Houston neighborhood of tiny wood-frame shacks, empty lots and crack houses.

The Rev. Leslie Smith has been running the nonprofit that helps poor adults and children with Medicaid enrollment, homeless support and HIV prevention since 1989. Now he is planning how best to reach uninsured people in the communities he serves with the offer of new healthcare benefits under President Barack Obama’s landmark reform law.

Sep 24, 2013

As ad war heats up, White House pushes to enroll millions in Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday kicked off a six-month campaign to encourage millions of Americans to sign up for health coverage under “Obamacare,” an effort in which the president and other political celebrities promote the law’s promise of subsidized health coverage.

But the massive public education campaign faces a long, difficult slog to persuade nearly 3 million healthy young people with low to moderate incomes to purchase private insurance. Many of them live in conservative, Republican-led states where opponents are spending millions of dollars to discourage enrollment in Obamacare’s new, online health insurance marketplaces beginning October 1.

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