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Oct 7, 2013

Problems at main Obamacare website are being fixed: White House

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Monday it was fixing software and capacity problems at the main website designed to enroll millions of Americans into new health plans.

The HealthCare.gov website has been beset by glitches since October 1, the first day people were allowed to enroll in the new coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Oct 3, 2013

With Obamacare systems still slow, backlog of the uninsured builds

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Access to new online
health insurance exchanges remained limited on Thursday for
millions of Americans seeking information on Obamacare benefits,
creating a backlog of the uninsured seeking coverage.

Local health clinics, nonprofit community groups and others
have stepped forward to assist would-be beneficiaries in person.
They saw an unexpected influx of phone calls and walk-in visits
from uninsured people who couldn’t access their state’s online
marketplace due to heavy traffic and technical problems.

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. government scrambles to provide access to Obamacare sites

By David Morgan and Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday scrambled to add computer capacity to handle an unexpectedly large number of Americans logging onto new online insurance marketplaces created under Present Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Technical glitches and heavy traffic slowed Tuesday’s launch of the marketplaces, particularly for the federal Healthcare.gov website serving 36 states.

Oct 1, 2013

Celebrities tell followers to #GetCovered with Obamacare

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – While technical problems slowed
the launch of new “Obamacare” websites to sell health insurance
on Tuesday, the law’s supporters on Twitter had an easier time
welcoming the “Affordable Care Cat.”

Celebrities and community groups took to social media to
promote President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the 2010
law popularly known as Obamacare, that aims to provide health
coverage to millions of uninsured Americans beginning next year.

Sep 27, 2013

Obama: Government shutdown won’t delay healthcare exchange launch

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that the new state insurance exchanges created by his healthcare reform law will launch as scheduled on Tuesday even if the federal government shuts down due to Republican efforts to defund Obamacare.

The new online health exchanges at the heart of Obama’s Affordable Care Act are set to open for enrollment on October 1 after years of political attack, offering subsidized health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Conservative lawmakers in Congress are pushing to cut out spending for the healthcare law at the threat of shutting down the government on the same day.

Sep 27, 2013

Obama: Gov’t shutdown won’t delay healthcare exchange launch

Sept 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday
that the new state insurance exchanges created by his healthcare
reform law will launch as scheduled on Tuesday even if the
federal government shuts down due to Republican efforts to
defund Obamacare.

The new online health exchanges at the heart of Obama’s
Affordable Care Act are set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1
after years of political attack, offering subsidized health
coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Conservative
lawmakers in Congress are pushing to cut out spending for the
healthcare law at the threat of shutting down the government on
the same day.

Sep 23, 2013

Benefit firms create tremors for insurers in U.S. healthcare shakeup

NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – American companies are sending
shockwaves through the healthcare industry by moving a rapidly
growing number of employees onto privately run online exchanges
for their medical coverage.

In a business already bracing for major change because of
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, the decisions are
threatening to shift more power in the market to the benefit
consulting firms opening many of the exchanges.

Sep 21, 2013

Even in a U.S. government shutdown, Obamacare exchanges could function

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform on October 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program’s introduction.

Several officials running new state-based insurance exchanges that are due to open for enrollment next month said they expected to have access to funds in the case of a shutdown, which if it happens, would also start on October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year.

Sep 20, 2013

Analysis: Benefit firms create tremors for insurers in U.S. healthcare shakeup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American companies are sending shockwaves through the healthcare industry by moving a rapidly growing number of employees onto privately run online exchanges for their medical coverage.

In a business already bracing for major change because of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, the decisions are threatening to shift more power in the market to the benefit consulting firms opening many of the exchanges.

Sep 16, 2013

Investors see 4 million signing up for Obamacare in 2014 -survey

Sept 16 (Reuters) – Investors expect 4 million Americans to
initially enroll in the state insurance marketplaces created
under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to
a survey released on Monday, as concerns mount that technical
glitches could present obstacles to enrollment.

The expectations of the investors – hedge funds,
institutional clients and other investors surveyed by Citigroup,
56 in total – fall far short of a Congressional Budget Office
forecast that 7 million Americans will seek subsidized health
coverage through the online exchanges. Starting on Oct. 1,
Americans have six months to enroll for coverage in 2014.

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