Number of Americans without health insurance reaches new low

The level is at its lowest since before President Obama took office, says a Gallup survey that indicates 8 million people have gained coverage since September. WASHINGTON — The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence […]

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 […]

Immigrants without legal status remain mostly in healthcare limbo

By Soumya Karlamangla January 19, 2014, 5:09 p.m. When Alva Alvarez gets sick, she buys over-the-counter medicine from the grocery and takes as much as she can until she feels better. The mother of five resorts to this because she can’t afford a visit to the doctor to figure out what’s ailing her. Although scenarios […]

If Medicare Rollout was Smoother in 1966, Why was Affordable Care a Mess in 2013? (Hint: Insurance Companies)

Although the introduction of the Medicare program in July 1966 was not without problems, it was cheaper and smoother than the October 2013 beginnings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—mostly because of private insurance companies. Obstacles faced in 1966 included program ineligibility of segregated hospitals in the South, a boycott by conservative physicians, the inability […]

Americans Who Got Their Health Care Canceled By Obamacare Won’t Be Penalized

Govt offering stopgap measures for those having trouble replacing canceled insurance policies WASHINGTON (AP) — People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen […]

CMS chief: HealthCare.gov experience will be smooth by November end

At a Senate hearing Tuesday morning, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said programmers are on track to make sure the “experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users” by the end of November. “We are now able to process nearly 17,000 registrants per hour, […]

Poll: 47% don’t know where to get health care info

About one in 10 Americans — 9% — say The Affordable Care Act has improved their health insurance situation in the past year, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. The telephone survey asked a representative sample of 1,001 Americans about their knowledge of and feelings about the law that mandates health care insurances for […]

ObamaCare website suffers new outage as Republicans say glitches only ‘tip of the iceberg’

The federal government’s online portal to buy health insurance suffered another glitch Sunday when the data services hub, a conduit for verifying the personal information of people applying for benefits under the law, went down in a failure that was blamed on an outside contractor. “Today, Terremark had a network failure that is impacting a […]

Walgreens expected to announce health care switch to private plans

(CBS News) Drugstore giant Walgreens is expected to announce Wednesday that it will move 160,000 thousand workers to private health care plans. It’s one of the largest employers to make that switch. The move would be a switch to a fixed amount of money designated for each employee for health care. The change — like […]

5 Things to Know About the Healthcare Insurance Exchanges

One of the largest components of Obama’s healthcare overhaul will go into effect in just a couple of weeks. But according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today survey, just a quarter of those surveyed have a very good understanding of how the law will impact them. People will be able to purchase health insurance through […]