Despite Enrollment Success, Healthcare Law Still Unpopular

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ attitudes toward the healthcare law have changed only marginally since the open enrollment period ended for 2014. A steady 43% of Americans approve of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” while a majority continue to […]

Health care spending surges in first quarter

Health care spending rose at the fastest pace since 1980 in the first quarter as the new health insurance law prompted many more Americans to visit doctors and hospitals. Analysts say the sharp increase reflects other trends that should continue to drive up both medical spending and costs in 2014 after years of slow growth. […]

Healthcare site goes down briefly as deadline nears

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s healthcare enrollment website — HealthCare.gov — went down briefly early Monday for extended maintenance as heavy traffic was building on the last day of open enrollment for 2014. At one point, the site told visitors that it was “down for maintenance” and asked people to “please try again later.” At […]

Democrats Seek Ways To Limit Obamacare Fallout After Florida Defeat

President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls. The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last […]

Obama plugs healthcare act ‘Between Two Ferns’

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) –President Obama paid a visit to the space between Zach Galifinakis’ two ferns in an attempt to reach a younger, hipper audience with his healthcare message. Aides to the president said the attempt to get young people to sign up for health insurance was worth the risk of appearing on a show that […]

Obamacare’s evolution increases confusion: What do changes mean for you?

WASHINGTON — As the deadline approaches for most Americans to obtain health insurance, a flurry of changes by the Obama administration has led to a frenzied effort among employers, insurance companies, politicians and consumers to try to understand what they might mean. The latest batch of adjustments came Wednesday, when the administration disclosed that it […]

UI Extension has resources online for health care law

URBANA — With a little more than a month left before Affordable Care Act open enrollment closes, the University of Illinois Extension says it’s providing an unbiased resource to help people make their health insurance choices. On a website called the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, the extension is providing fact sheets, a short video […]

Chris Jennings, White House adviser on health care, steps down

Chris Jennings, the White House’s coordinator of health reform, has resigned six months after he was recruited to try to iron out the implementation of major aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Jennings said in an interview Thursday that he decided to leave after he landed in the hospital last month with a health scare […]

Medicare is the best care for those 65 or older

BY JOHNNY PROFFITT (SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION) Published: January 20, 2014 If you are age 65 or older and haven’t signed up for Medicare Part B (medical insurance), now is the time to consider doing so. The general enrollment period for Medicare Part B runs from Jan. 1 through March 31 each year. Before you make […]

Health care signups pick up pace in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama‘s new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday. Enrollment statistics from the Health and Human Services Department showed that 364,682 people have signed up for private coverage as of Nov. 30 under the federal […]