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Jul 14, 2013

Analysis: Obamacare struggles to meet make-or-break deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With time running out, U.S. officials are struggling to cope with the task of launching the new online health insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama’s signature health reforms by an October 1 deadline.

The White House, and federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), must ensure that working marketplaces open for enrollment in all 50 states in less than 80 days, and are responding to mounting pressure by concentrating on three essential areas that will determine whether the most critical phase of Obamacare succeeds or fails.

Jul 14, 2013

Obamacare struggles to meet make-or-break deadline

WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – With time running out, U.S.
officials are struggling to cope with the task of launching the
new online health insurance exchanges at the heart of President
Barack Obama’s signature health reforms by an Oct. 1 deadline.

The White House, and federal agencies including the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS), must ensure that working marketplaces
open for enrollment in all 50 states in less than 80 days, and
are responding to mounting pressure by concentrating on three
essential areas that will determine whether the most critical
phase of Obamacare succeeds or fails.

Jul 9, 2013

Republicans press White House to delay key Obamacare mandate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans pressed President Barack Obama on Tuesday to delay a requirement under his healthcare law for Americans to obtain insurance next year after the administration gave employers a one-year reprieve from having to provide it to staff.

The U.S. Treasury and White House announced last week that businesses would not be required to offer health coverage, or pay a fine, in 2014 because the administration had not issued final regulations in time for employers to comply.

Jul 8, 2013

U.S. relaxes health law income, insurance status rule for exchanges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Days after delaying health insurance requirements for employers, the Obama administration has decided to roll back requirements for new state online insurance marketplaces to verify the income and health coverage status of people who apply for subsidized coverage.

President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law is slated to begin offering health coverage through state marketplaces, or exchanges, beginning October 1. But to receive tax subsidies to help buy insurance, enrollees must have incomes ranging from 100 percent to 400 percent of the federal poverty line and not have access to affordable insurance through an employer.

Jul 3, 2013

Analysis: Could the U.S. delay Obamacare’s mandate for individuals, too?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama can expect mounting pressure to make new concessions on healthcare reform, especially the requirement that all Americans obtain insurance, after delaying penalties for businesses for the first year of his plan.

The U.S. Treasury said late on Tuesday it would grant businesses with 50 or more workers a one-year reprieve from having to provide health coverage to full-time staff.

Jul 3, 2013

Could the U.S. delay Obamacare’s mandate for individuals, too?

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
can expect mounting pressure to make new concessions on
healthcare reform, especially the requirement that all Americans
obtain insurance, after delaying penalties for businesses for
the first year of his plan.

The U.S. Treasury said late on Tuesday it would grant
businesses with 50 or more workers a one-year reprieve from
having to provide health coverage to full-time staff.

Jul 2, 2013

U.S. to delay key health-reform provision to 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by a year.

The delay, which could raise new questions about whether Obamacare will be implemented on time, comes in response to widespread complaints from businesses and their lobbyists about reporting requirements for employers with 50 or more full-time workers.

Jun 28, 2013

Senate Republicans warn NFL, other leagues about Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is urging the National Football League and other professional sports leagues not to support President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, calling Obamacare divisive and unpopular.

In a June 27 letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, McConnell and fellow Republican Senator John Cornyn accused the Obama administration of drawing the league into “one of the most divisive and polarizing issues of our day” by trying to enlist its help in promoting subsidized health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

Jun 28, 2013

U.S. sets birth control rule for employers with religious ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday made it final that employees of religiously affiliated, nonprofit institutions would receive insurance coverage for birth control amid mounting legal challenges to a rule in the recent healthcare law.

The White House proposed in early 2012 an arrangement that allows universities, hospitals and other employers with a religious affiliation to avoid paying directly for contraceptives. Instead, insurance companies provide coverage and foot the bill under the law.

Jun 27, 2013

GAO readies audit of Sebelius fundraising -Republican aides

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – A U.S. government watchdog
will scrutinize Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius’s efforts to raise private donations for a nonprofit
group planning to help enroll uninsured people in health
coverage under Obamacare, Republican congressional aides said on
Thursday.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO)
agreed to audit actions Sebelius took earlier this year
including two fund-raising phone calls — one on April 29 to tax
adviser H&R Block and another on Jan. 29 to the nonprofit Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, according to Republican aides in the
Senate and the House of Representatives, who spoke on condition
of anonymity. The audit comes at the request of Republican
lawmakers.

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