Obamacare website gets $47 million price hike
December 11th, 2013
03:18 PM ET
7 months ago

Obamacare website gets $47 million price hike

(CNN) - The government has been cagey about revealing how much money has been spent to fix HealthCare.gov, but today officials revealed the overall price tag for the troubled Obamacare website has increased by $47 million.

In Washington jargon, it is called an “increase in the total amount obligated” rather than a price hike. But the end, result is the same.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
Colorado enrollment spikes, but age may be a problem
Colorado state capitol
December 9th, 2013
07:03 PM ET
8 months ago

Colorado enrollment spikes, but age may be a problem

(CNN) - Health insurance enrollment in at least one state appears to be picking up.

Colorado’s state-based insurance exchange Connect for Colorado announced on Monday that more than 5,000 new customers have purchased private insurance since November 30, increasing the state’s total enrollment numbers in private plans by more than 50 percent.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius
November 22nd, 2013
07:11 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN analysis: No Obamacare subsidy for some low-income Americans

Washington (CNN) - One of the basic tenets of Obamacare is that the government will help lower-income Americans - anyone making less than about $45,900 a year - pay for the health insurance everyone is now mandated to have.

But a CNN analysis shows that in the largest city in nearly every state, many low-income younger Americans won't get any subsidy at all. Administration officials said the reason so many Americans won't receive a subsidy is that the cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected. Subsidies are calculated using a complicated formula based on the cost of insurance premiums, which can vary drastically from state to state, and even county to county.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare
Canceled insurance? Another insurance letter coming soon
November 21st, 2013
05:12 PM ET
8 months ago

Canceled insurance? Another insurance letter coming soon

(CNN) - The Obama administration released three sample letters on Thursday detailing what information insurance companies must provide consumers if they intend to renew health plans originally scheduled for cancellation.

The release comes a week after President Barack Obama announced a proposed fix that would allow some Americans facing cancellations to keep their current health insurance plans. The President's proposal requires that companies choosing to renew plans also provide their customers with certain information.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Obama administration • Obamacare • President Obama
Seven states reject Obama insurance proposal
November 20th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Seven states reject Obama insurance proposal

(CNN) - If you like your health insurance plan, you might still be out of luck.

At least if you live in one of the seven states that have rejected the President Barack Obama's proposal to allow health insurance companies to renew plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
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Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • Healthcare • Indiana • Massachusetts • Minnesota • Obamacare • President Obama • Rhode Island • Vermont • Washington State
Blocked out at www.HealthCare.gov? Bypass on way soon, feds say
November 19th, 2013
05:53 PM ET
8 months ago

Blocked out at www.HealthCare.gov? Bypass on way soon, feds say

Washington (CNN) - Americans frustrated by attempts to purchase health insurance on healthcare.gov will soon be able to determine their eligibility for tax subsidies and purchase insurance directly from insurance companies and private exchanges, a government spokeswoman announced Tuesday.

Julie Bataille of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that oversees the government's online insurance exchange, told reporters on a conference call that as of Tuesday morning, the process called "direct enrollment" should be functioning.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare
Can Congress really save insurance plans lost under Obamacare?
November 13th, 2013
01:01 PM ET
8 months ago

Can Congress really save insurance plans lost under Obamacare?

Washington (CNN) – President Obama was wrong when he promised, "If you like your health insurance, you can keep it."

But lawmakers promising legislation to reinstate some of those plans cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act might be making an equally hollow promise.
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Filed under: Obamacare
Pro-Obamacare group raises over $27 million for outreach campaign
November 12th, 2013
01:48 PM ET
8 months ago

Pro-Obamacare group raises over $27 million for outreach campaign

Washington (CNN) - Enroll America, the major outside group pushing uninsured Americans towards Obamacare, announced Tuesday it has raised more than $27 million since March to help fund its outreach efforts.

The group also touted outreach numbers showing its field staff in ten states has reached out to more than 300,000 consumers since its "Get Covered" campaign began.
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Filed under: Fundraising • Health care • Obamacare
Sebelius' chief tech officer leaving, first major departure since website troubles
November 6th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Sebelius' chief tech officer leaving, first major departure since website troubles

Washington (CNN) - The official in charge of technology at the federal agency that developed the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website is leaving the government for a private sector job, according to an internal email announcement.

The email, sent Tuesday to staff at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, announced that Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle would be retiring effective November 15.
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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius
White House pushes new Obamacare cost figures for young Americans
October 28th, 2013
08:45 PM ET
9 months ago

White House pushes new Obamacare cost figures for young Americans

(CNN) - The White House tried to woo young Americans into the new health exchanges Monday night, releasing a study suggesting nearly half of eligible Americans between 18 and 34 can purchase coverage for less than $50 per month.

The study also helps to push back against consumer tales of Obamacare sticker shock and frustration of some Americans that their current health plans can't continue under the new law.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare • White House
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