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Health Insurance Gains Since Last Fall Hit 12 Million

Health Insurance Gains Since Last Fall Hit 12 Million

President Obama’s health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggest that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall. That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million [...]

Health Enrollment In CA More Complex Than Anticipated

Health Enrollment In CA More Complex Than Anticipated

Newly insured Californians felt relieved after signing up for health coverage but encountered numerous obstacles with technology and communication during the enrollment process, according to a report released Monday by the California HealthCare Foundation. Surveyed in interviews and focus groups, consumers said they had trouble getting through to [...]

Obamacare Cost Forecast Reduced 7%

Obamacare Cost Forecast Reduced 7%

Lower-than-expected health insurance premiums will save the federal government $104 billion in subsidies over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office says. The government's reduction of $104 billion in subsidies for those premiums was the main factor that led the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog to cut its projection of the nation's federal [...]

Insurers Already Calculating 2015 Premiums as Obamacare Kicks In

Insurers Already Calculating 2015 Premiums as Obamacare Kicks In

After months of head counts for Obamacare, it is the medical bills that will start to matter now. Even before enrollment closes Monday, California has far exceeded its initial goals for signing up people under the Affordable Care Act. Although the sheer volume of 1.1 million policyholders is impressive for a brand new government program, the [...]

Last Chance for Obamacare Ends Tuesday for Most Californians

Last Chance for Obamacare Ends Tuesday for Most Californians

After many deadline extensions and grace periods, Tuesday will mark the end of the first open enrollment for Obamacare in California. California's health insurance exchange is encouraging thousands of people who have started an application to finish before midnight Tuesday. March 31 was originally the sign-up deadline. But the enrollment website [...]

Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured. Just 14.7% of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from [...]

Obamacare Passes First Big test

Obamacare Passes First Big test

The Affordable Care Act enrolls 7.1 million but continues to face political opposition, as the GOP's base is less likely to benefit and more likely to face costs. Despite the early problems with the federal website, "7.1 million Americans have now signed up," President Obama declared in a Rose Garden speech to members of Congress, his staff [...]

California Receives ‘F’ for Health Care Pricing Transparency

California Receives ‘F’ for Health Care Pricing Transparency

California received a failing grade for its transparency of health care pricing. For the report card, researchers examined: Whether states had health care pricing transparency laws; and how well states implemented such laws. The report also factored in state health care pricing websites created through transparency laws, including the sites': [...]

Health Coverage Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching

Health Coverage Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching

Open enrollment in Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace, ends on Monday, March 31. With just a week left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, organizations charged with assisting families and individuals to enroll in health insurance are stepping up their efforts to help those who have not already [...]

Nearly half of callers to California's health insurance exchange in February and March couldn't get through and abandoned their call, state figures show. … The Covered California exchange reported progress on another front: low enrollment among the state's large Latino population according to a recent report at http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org

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