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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The biggest operator of Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans is teaming up with the largest U.S. Spanish-language media network to explain Obamacare to Hispanics in California, New York, Colorado and Georgia.
A partnership announced on Thursday by WellPoint Inc, Univision Communications Inc and healthcare marketer HolaDoctor Inc will include 70 town hall meetings in the four states, 30-second TV and radio ads, regular newscast segments devoted to subject and an online insurance center to guide consumers through the intricacies of coverage.
Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is no fan of President Barack Obama’s health reform law. But he has become an unlikely proponent of one element of Obamacare – expansion of Medicaid healthcare coverage for the poor – and he has a warning for his fellow party members about the moral consequences of blocking it.
WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
seeking the help of major U.S. sports organizations, including
the National Football League, to persuade young and healthy
Americans to sign up for medical insurance coverage later this
year, officials said on Monday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said
the federal government was in the midst of negotiations on
advertising campaigns and potential partnerships as part of an
outreach effort that will intensify over the summer and early
WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – New health insurance
exchanges being set up by the federal government in more than 30
states under President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul
could miss an Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, a government
report said on Wednesday.
The launch of the exchanges, which are expected to provide
health coverage for 7 million people in 2014 and 22 million by
2016 as well as to some small businesses, could determine
whether Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement succeeds.