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Jan 31, 2014

Two Obamacare exchanges see more health insurer competition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least two U.S. states running their own Obamacare health insurance exchanges expect new insurers to enter their marketplaces and bolster competition in 2015, officials said on Friday.

Kynect, which is Kentucky’s marketplace, and the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange have had separate talks about 2015 with health insurers that could opt to join the online marketplaces set up under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law. Kentucky also expects an expansion of physician networks available within current plans.

Jan 30, 2014

U.S. says results encouraging for healthcare delivery reforms

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Thursday reported what it called encouraging results from
efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of
care for more than 5 million Medicare beneficiaries under
Obamacare

As part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law,
the efforts center around more than 360 accountable care
organizations (ACOs), which are networks of doctors, hospitals
and other providers specially organized to help move Medicare
away from traditional fee-for-service medicine.

Jan 27, 2014

Three Republican senators offer Obamacare alternative

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three prominent Republican senators on Monday called for replacing Obamacare with a package of election-year proposals intended to lower health insurance costs while retaining some elements of President Barack Obama’s health reform law.

Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Orrin Hatch of Utah released a legislative blueprint that analysts say could help the Republican Party offer a much-needed vision for healthcare ahead of November’s mid-term congressional elections, voting that will determine which party controls Congress in the final two years of the Obama presidency.

Jan 24, 2014

Obamacare coverage enrollment hits 3 million -official

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The number of people enrolled
in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more
than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to
government data released on Friday.

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the preliminary
tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through
new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would
continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign
accelerates.

Jan 24, 2014

Obamacare coverage enrollment hits three million: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to government data released on Friday.

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the preliminary tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign accelerates.

Jan 16, 2014

Republicans warn of security flaws in Obamacare website

By David Morgan and Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Republicans in Congress sought to showcase what they call major security problems with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov on Thursday, just as U.S. officials ramp up a national campaign to persuade young adults to use the site to enroll in health insurance.

In a public messaging tug-of-war that will likely intensify in coming weeks, the Republican-led House of Representatives targeted the healthcare reform law in three separate oversight hearings. Two were geared toward Republican claims that HealthCare.gov remains vulnerable to hackers more than three months after its botched October 1 rollout.

Jan 13, 2014

Youth participation low in early Obamacare enrollment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new private health plans available under Obamacare drew in fewer young and healthy Americans than needed for the administration to make healthcare reform a market success in the first wave of enrollment, an official report showed on Monday.

Twenty-four percent of the 2.2 million people who signed up for private coverage between October 1 and December 28 belonged to a target audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, according to an administration report, the first to provide a demographic breakdown on enrollment in the new plans offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Dec 29, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. government urged to name CEO to run Obamacare market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies on healthcare reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay the concerns of insurers after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Advocates have been quietly pushing the idea of a CEO who would set marketplace rules, coordinate with insurers and state regulators on the health plans offered for sale, supervise enrollment campaigns and oversee technology, according to several sources familiar with discussions between advocates and the Obama administration.

Dec 29, 2013

U.S. government urged to name CEO to run Obamacare market

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The White House is coming
under pressure from some of its closest allies on healthcare
reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health
insurance marketplace and allay the concerns of insurers after
the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Advocates have been quietly pushing the idea of a CEO who
would set marketplace rules, coordinate with insurers and state
regulators on the health plans offered for sale, supervise
enrollment campaigns and oversee technology, according to
several sources familiar with discussions between advocates and
the Obama administration.

Dec 15, 2013

House budget chief Ryan says pact boosts Republican prospects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican co-author of a rare bipartisan budget deal in Congress defended the agreement from opposition in his own party on Sunday as an asset that could help Republicans capture the Senate next year and the White House in 2016.

In a pair of televised interviews, House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said the deal he struck with Democratic Senator Patty Murray could also bring progress on tax reform, but there was little chance of a “grand deficit reduction bargain” as long as the Senate and White House were controlled by Democrats.

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