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Jun 24, 2013

NFL’s help sought in promoting Obama health plan as outreach begins

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
fall.

Jun 19, 2013

New ‘Obamacare’ exchanges could miss enrollment deadline -GAO

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.

Jun 18, 2013

Enroll America sets private outreach for Obamacare sign-up

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Enroll America, a nonprofit
group at the center of the political fight over President Barack
Obama’s healthcare reform law, launched a multi-state grassroots
campaign on Tuesday to help sign up millions of uninsured
Americans for health coverage in the coming months.

The group, which has strong ties to the Obama administration
and the healthcare industry, announced plans for more than 50
events in 18 states, including California, Florida and Texas, as
part of its “Get Covered America” campaign. The events include
canvassing neighborhoods and speeches at churches and other
local venues to explain the need for health insurance,
particularly among younger people, whose participation could
determine whether “Obamacare” succeeds or fails.

Jun 18, 2013

Enroll America sets private outreach for Obamacare enrollment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enroll America, a nonprofit group at the center of the political fight over President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, launched a multi-state grassroots campaign on Tuesday to help sign up millions of uninsured Americans for health coverage in the coming months.

The group, which has strong ties to the Obama administration and the healthcare industry, announced plans for more than 50 events in 18 states, including California, Florida and Texas, as part of its “Get Covered America” campaign. The events include canvassing neighborhoods and speeches at churches and other local venues to explain the need for health insurance, particularly among younger people, whose participation could determine whether “Obamacare” succeeds or fails.

Jun 14, 2013

Final Obamacare push will pitch to the low-income young

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) – In the final months leading
up to the launch of the key piece of President Barack Obama’s
healthcare reforms, the administration is preparing a
public-education campaign designed to connect directly with the
audience most critical for the law’s success.

The effort will focus on selling the merits of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act to 2.7 million Americans with
little or no health coverage, who are 18-to-35 years old, mostly
male, and largely nonwhite, including many who are black or
Hispanic, officials involved in the planning told Reuters.

Jun 9, 2013

Republican IRS agent says Cincinnati began ‘Tea Party’ inquiries

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. Internal Revenue
Service manager, who described himself as a conservative
Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local
colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny
that has prompted weeks of political controversy.

In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by
Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he
and an underling set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups that
had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations
appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS
filings.

Jun 9, 2013

Democrat: IRS testimony shows no White House involvement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative Republican overseeing Internal Revenue Service screeners in Cincinnati told congressional investigators that he does not believe the White House was behind IRS scrutiny of conservative groups, a leading Democratic lawmaker said on Sunday.

Representative Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is conducting the probe, said excepts of the IRS manager’s interview with investigators shows the agency set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups to ensure that treatment of their applications for tax-exempt status was consistent.

Jun 6, 2013

FDA panel votes to relax Avandia restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health advisers voted on Thursday to recommend relaxing market restrictions on GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug Avandia, the former blockbuster at the center of one of the biggest drug controversies in recent years.

The vote, by a divided Food and Drug Administration advisory committee of outside health experts, could modestly enlarge the market for Avandia in the United States and lay the groundwork for further research into the drug’s health risks. FDA will now take the vote into consideration for a final decision on how the pill also known by the generic name rosiglitazone can be used.

Jun 5, 2013

FDA panel revisits Avandia, likely too late for diabetes drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts reopened one of the biggest drug controversies in recent years on Wednesday at a meeting where they will decide whether to recommend lifting marketing restrictions on GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Avandia diabetes drug.

The two-day FDA advisory committee meeting is not expected to bring about a major boost in sales for the onetime blockbuster product. But its findings may help revive the credibility of the British company’s original research and shed light on today’s U.S. regulatory approach to the health risks posed by new drugs.

Jun 4, 2013

Sebelius says she talked to health firms on Obamacare outreach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Tuesday that she talked to three healthcare companies about a private nonprofit group helping to implement healthcare reform, but she denied asking for donations.

In her first public comments on an issue Republicans have sought to portray as a scandal, Sebelius vigorously defended her efforts to rally private support for a summer outreach campaign to persuade uninsured Americans to sign up for subsidized health coverage through new online state insurance marketplaces.

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