Employers play Obamacare blame game
August 29th, 2013
07:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Employers play Obamacare blame game

New York (CNNMoney) - No more health benefits for spouses. Higher deductibles for employees. More cost-sharing.

Employers are citing increased costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act - as Obamacare is formally known - as part of the reason they are pulling back on benefits.

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Filed under: Health care
Who loses out under Obamacare?
July 25th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Who loses out under Obamacare?

(CNN) – When the state-based insurance exchanges open next year under Obamacare, many Americans should finally have access to affordable insurance. But millions of others will most likely be left out in the cold and remain uninsured.

These folks - mainly low-income adults in the 21 states that aren't expanding Medicaid - will not be eligible for either the long-standing government health insurance program for the poor, or for premium subsidies in the new exchanges.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Health care
Obamacare: Is a $2,000 deductible 'affordable?'
June 13th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Obamacare: Is a $2,000 deductible 'affordable?'

New York (CNNMoney) - Until now, much of the debate swirling around Obamacare has focused on the cost of premiums in the state-based health insurance exchanges.

But what will enrollees actually get for that monthly charge?

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Payroll tax hike prompts spending cuts
May 15th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Payroll tax hike prompts spending cuts

(CNNMoney) - Most Americans plan to cut spending to make up for income lost from the payroll tax hike, according to a New York Federal Reserve study released Wednesday.

The payroll tax cut, which was in effect in 2011 and 2012, reduced the amount withheld from workers' paychecks to 4.2%, down from 6.2%. That put an additional $1,000 a year in the pocket of the average household earning $50,000 a year. The provision was not renewed in January's fiscal cliff deal.

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Filed under: Taxes
Who will pay more under Obamacare? Young men
May 14th, 2013
07:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Who will pay more under Obamacare? Young men

New York (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration says the Affordable Care Act will provide cheaper health insurance for millions of Americans.

But some people, particularly young men who aren't insured through their employers, could see their premiums go up once coverage in the state-based insurance exchanges begins in January.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Here's the form to apply for Obamacare coverage
May 1st, 2013
07:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Here's the form to apply for Obamacare coverage

New York (CNNMoney) - Starting in October, Americans without access to affordable health care coverage through their jobs will be able to shop for insurance for themselves and their families through state-run exchanges.

This week, the government unveiled the forms shoppers will fill out to apply for coverage through Obamacare. The government won't start accepting and processing those applications until later this year.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Jobs report: Hiring slows severely in March
April 5th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Jobs report: Hiring slows severely in March

New York (CNNMoney) – Hiring slowed sharply in March, with the economy adding only 88,000 jobs, the lowest monthly gain since last June.

The unemployment rate slipped to 7.6%, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. But it's not good news: It's because nearly 500,000 people dropped out of the labor market.

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Filed under: Jobs
Most individual health insurance isn't good enough for Obamacare
April 3rd, 2013
09:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Most individual health insurance isn't good enough for Obamacare

New York (CNNMoney) – If you buy your own health insurance now, you'll be in for a big change when you sign up for coverage in 2014.

Just over half of the individual plans currently on the market do not meet the standards to be sold next year, when many key provisions of President Obama's Affordable Care Act kick in, according to a University of Chicago study. That's because the law sets new minimums for the basic coverage every individual health care plan must provide.

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States eye Medicaid private insurance
March 20th, 2013
07:25 AM ET
2 years ago

States eye Medicaid private insurance

New York (CNNMoney) - Republican state lawmakers may not want to expand Medicaid, but some are warming up to the idea of using federal funds to buy private insurance for the poor.

That twist is keeping alive the possibility of broadening Medicaid coverage in states where conservative legislators are bucking their governors' acceptance of the optional - and controversial - Affordable Care Act provision.

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Filed under: Medicaid
How Obama plans to save Medicare
March 11th, 2013
12:48 PM ET
2 years ago

How Obama plans to save Medicare

New York (CNNMoney) – The White House often says President Obama has a plan for reforming entitlements, particularly Medicare.

However, the specifics of that proposal don't spring to mind as easily as the reforms being bandied about in Republican circles, such as providing seniors with vouchers to pay for premiums or raising the retirement age.

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Filed under: Medicare • President Obama
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