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Senate Democrats: Obamacare? What’s that?

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has her Republican opponent right where she wants him geographically — and, therefore, politically. Thom Tillis is stuck at the state capitol trying to resolve a budget quarrel as speaker of the North Carolina House. It’s a spot that helps Hagan emphasize Tillis’ role leading a Republican-controlled state government that Democrats contend has gone overboard with conservative zeal by restricting

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  • Senate Democrats try to pull focus from Obamacare

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has her Republican opponent right where she wants him geographically — and, therefore, politically. Thom Tillis is stuck at the state capitol trying to resolve a budget quarrel as speaker of the North Carolina House. It’s a spot that helps Hagan emphasize Tillis’ role leading a Republican-controlled state government that Democrats contend has gone overboard with conservative zeal by restricting

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  • Dems hope decision will energize female supporters

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:51 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP’s “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill. Republicans aggressively cheered the high court’s decision, but GOP leaders concede that their party must tread

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  • Some Obamacare enrollees emboldened to leave jobs, start businesses

    Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    LONG BEACH, Calif. — Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday, as a district manager for a national auto parts chain — a schedule he’s kept for nearly 40 years. Early retirement, while certainly appealing, wasn’t a viable option for him because both he and his already-retired wife, Laura, also 64, relied heavily on his job-provided health

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  • Congress returned to work to do the bare minimum

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress got back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. Forget immigration, a tax overhaul, stiffer gun checks. They’re all DOA. Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Not going to happen. Forcing government approval of the Keystone XL pipeline? Veto bait. The only things likely to become law in a

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  • Health plans scramble to calculate 2015 rates

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    With the results sure to affect politics as well as pocketbooks, health insurers are already preparing to raise rates next year for plans issued under the Affordable Care Act. But their calculation about how much depends on their ability to predict how newly enrolled customers – for whom little is known regarding health status and medical needs — will affect 2015 costs. “We’re working with about a third of the

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  • Some surprising rindings about young adults and health care

    Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Insured or uninsured, young adults seem to spend about the same out-of-pocket for health care over the course of a year. With 2009 federal data on patient spending, researchers examined how often adults up to age 25 used and paid for health care. While an awful lot has changed since then – the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, young adults can stay on family insurance plans until age 26, they

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  • Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama’s health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges. With the chance to apply for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal help set to expire in a few months, even Obama’s home state of Illinois is expressing little interest in taking

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  • Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it’s time to stop hiding from the president’s health care overhaul, even in this year’s toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace “Obamacare,” the GOP’s favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread. President Barack Obama recently

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  • Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But with sign-ups exceeding expectations and a new face soon to be in charge at HHS, the White House is eager to see if the poisonous atmosphere might give way to more pragmatic efforts aimed at fixing problems with the nation’s newest social

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  • Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Enrollment for the president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the face of election-year attacks. Sign-ups for the law stood at 7.1 million last week, but people who had started signing up when the enrollment period closed March 31, or who had trouble signing up, were

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  • Health insurance isn’t a year-round thing anymore

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn’t sign up during the government’s open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private

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  • Video: Were late Obamacare sign-ups Young Invincibles?

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

    (Bloomberg) — Manatt Health Solutions Managing Director Joel Ario discusses the Affordable Care Act on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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  • Co-op health enrollment still unknown in Tennessee

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It’s still too early to tell whether an insurance co-op created solely to sell health plans to Tennesseans through the federal government’s exchange was able to compete with the state’s big insurers. Community Health Alliance of Tennessee is one of 23 consumer-run co-op insurers created with the help of federal loans to encourage innovation and bring down the costs of insurance. Many of the co-ops have

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  • Deadline brings high interest for health insurance

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee received nearly 1,900 calls by midday compared with about 800 the previous Monday.

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  • Video: Obamacare deadline here; public still skeptical

    Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The deadline for the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period is here, albeit with an extension for some who haven’t finished the process. Though more than six million Americans have signed up, acceptance of ‘Obamacare’ is still elusive.

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  • Video: Obamacare’s 6M target hit as exchange sees surge

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    March 27 (Bloomberg) — Six million Americans have signed up for private health plans under Obamacare, President Barack Obama said today, a symbolic milestone for a government that has struggled to get the law off the ground. Megan Hughes has more on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line.”  

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  • Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles. The Health and Human Services Department Wednesday posted two documents that outline “special enrollment periods” for broad groups of people trying to access the new online health insurance markets. Those

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  • How to avoid Affordable Health Act red tape

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    MURFREESBORO — Compliance with the Affordable Care Act is crucial for businesses since the new law is complex and ever-changing, an insurance benefits advisor said Wednesday. Joe Lacher, group benefits advisor for The Crichton Group in Nashville, gave a presentation on the ACA, or Obamacare, to a crowd of about a dozen people at the Small Business Development Center. The center is operated by Middle Tennessee State University at the

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  • Divided federal appeals judges debate Obamacare

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A split federal appeals court is grappling with an issue that is crucial to the success of President Barack Obama’s health care law, debating whether the government can subsidize premiums for people who buy insurance on exchanges run by Washington. The importance of the exchanges, or marketplaces, for the administration’s signature domestic program is that most states have been unable or unwilling to set up their own

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  • Q&A: Am I stuck in my job’s costly health plan?

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Health Overhaul

    Q&A: Am I stuck in my job’s costly health plan? EDITOR’S NOTE _ First in a three-part series addressing real-life questions about personal impact of health care law. WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and

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