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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 [...]

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 [...]

Reported 32 Percent of Covered California Enrollees ‘Invincibles’

Reported 32 Percent of Covered California Enrollees ‘Invincibles’

Proponents of the Affordable Care Act have touted the sheer numbers of those enrolling in health plans offered on both the federal and statewide exchanges, which nationally reached more than 7 million and in California reached over 1.2 million — both above stated goals.  But as details of those who enroll become clearer in the coming weeks, [...]

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 Health Insurance Exchange Tops 1 Million Enrollees

California Health Insurance Exchange Tops 1 Million Enrollees

Enrollment in California's health insurance exchange has crossed the 1 million-enrollee mark, state officials said. And a new report suggests what may be the biggest motivator for people when they are choosing a new health plan: cost. Insurers like Blue Shield of California and Health Net have seen a major jump in market share, thanks to their [...]

State-Run Exchanges Offer Better Focus for Success

State-Run Exchanges Offer Better Focus for Success

Healthcare officials from states running their own ObamaCare exchanges say they’re better-equipped to deal with the challenges surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking at the National Press Club on Friday, officials from Rhode Island, Kentucky, California and Washington, D.C. — four of the exchanges where ObamaCare [...]

Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids

Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids

Families shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble getting everyone covered when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not. Children who qualify for Medicaid, the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, can’t be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the [...]

Brokers Frustrated in Their Efforts to Help Clients Navigate ACA Site

Brokers Frustrated in Their Efforts to Help Clients Navigate ACA Site

When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government's hotline and tried to finish the application but the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn't get the commission or be listed as the [...]

Three Overlooked Health Care Reform Stories of 2013

Three Overlooked Health Care Reform Stories of 2013

Media coverage of the Affordable Care Act reached a new high in 2013, as state and federal officials scrambled to move the final pieces of the law into place and health policy analysts struggled to forecast the triumphs and pitfalls of the overhaul. As a result, some ACA-related news stories received far more attention than warranted according to [...]

Senator Proposes Health Coverage for All Immigrants

Senator Proposes Health Coverage for All Immigrants

The head of the California Legislative Latino Caucus proposed Friday that immigrants in the country illegally be allowed to get healthcare coverage through the state’s exchange known as Covered California. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said that if the goal is to provide healthcare coverage to all uninsured, then immigration status [...]

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