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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.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. government scales back Obamacare impact for 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday scaled back its projections for Obamacare’s impact in 2014, saying the law would generate slower healthcare spending growth and provide coverage to only half as many of America’s uninsured as anticipated last year.

The biggest factor in the change stems from the U.S. Supreme Court verdict last year allowing each state to decide whether to expand the public Medicaid program for the poor under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law. Republican leaders in nearly half of the nation’s 50 states have rejected the expansion.

Sep 10, 2013

Obamacare exchanges seen headed for ‘rocky’ enrollment start: expert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obamacare is likely to have a “rocky” enrollment start on October 1 in some U.S. states, because of ongoing technology challenges facing new online health insurance exchanges, a leading expert told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday.

“At this moment, not a single state appears to be completely ready,” W. Brett Graham of the Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Leavitt Partners said in testimony to a Republican-controlled oversight panel in the House of Representatives.

Aug 28, 2013

U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources.

Aug 28, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources.

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