Washington (CNN) - As part of its continued effort to solidify Affordable Care Act regulations before insurance exchanges open on October 1, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a new rule on Wednesday clarifying how a number of issues will be handled in the new marketplaces.
"The overarching goal is to safeguard federal funds and to protect consumers by ensuring that issuers, marketplaces, and other entities comply with federal standards meant to ensure consumers have access to quality, affordable health insurance," the department said in a press release.
Washington (CNN) – Four decades after they became the only NFL team so far to cap a perfect season with a Super Bowl win, the 1972 Miami Dolphins headed to the White House for a public honor from President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
"I know this is a little bit unorthodox four decades after the fact, but these guys never got their White House visit after winning Super Bowl VII," Obama said in the East Room. "Some of them are a little harder to recognize these days. They don't have the afros, the mutton chops, the fu manchus."
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(CNN) - The independent political group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda will on Thursday release a new television commercial promoting the successes of his signature healthcare law.
Entitled “Every Day,” the Organizing for Action ad tells the story of a Huntersville, North Carolina, family who received an insurance rebate because of reforms implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
Washington (CNN) - On Thursday the White House officially launched a new website to educate business owners on how the Affordable Care Act is likely to affect their bottom line. The new site, part of the administration's existing inter-agency effort called BusinessUSA, aims to be a one-stop-shop to dispel misinformation surrounding new requirements that employers offer health insurance to their workers, a senior Obama administration official said.
"The goal with the tool is to put the information – if there is unique information to your state, your location, let's put it right there at your fingertips along with the other information that may be more applicable across the board," the official said.
Washington (CNN) - The White House is continuing to push back against a barrage of criticism and some recent bad press about the effect of President Obama's health care law on the overall economy.
In a nearly hour-long briefing for health care reporters on Monday, a senior White House official clicked through PowerPoint slides filled with graphs showing ways in which the current economic recovery is stronger than its predecessors, and used that data to debunk claims that the Affordable Care Act has been a drag on the U.S. economy.
Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - For the third time in two days, President Obama left Washington on Thursday to deliver the message that it's time for politicians to refocus on economic policies that help the middle class.
Promising to deliver more speeches throughout the fall on issues like home ownership and education, the president criticized his opponents in congress for trying to defund his domestic priorities.
Warrensburg, Missouri (CNN) - Offering an abbreviated version of the economic address he delivered in Illinois earlier in the day, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd at the University of Central Missouri here Wednesday evening and pointed to the school’s business partnership program as an example of what needs to be done to drive down college costs.
“Here at Central Missouri, you are a laboratory for this kind of innovation,” the president said.
Washington (CNN) – A calendar on the office wall of senior White House communications adviser Tara McGuiness counts the days until marketplaces under the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama open in states nationwide.
McGuinness and others working to insure the uninsured have fewer than 10 weeks until open enrollment in state and federally managed insurance exchanges begins on October 1.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to his home state of Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches intended to shift the public conversation back to the economy.
The first speech in the series will take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Obama delivered his first major economic address of his national political career eight years ago.
(CNN) - On October 1, uninsured Americans can begin purchasing health insurance in state- or federal-run exchanges, and over the next 10 weeks the Obama administration is engaging in an all-out education blitz meant to encourage broad participation.
One part of the education effort is a series of public conference calls in both Spanish and English organized by the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, the first of which was held on Tuesday. The calls are intended to introduce Hispanic consumers and community leaders to services offered under the Affordable Care Act and help demystify the insurance marketplace.