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 […]

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 […]

Accenture Jumps Into HealthCare.gov Hot Seat

CGI Federal’s mishandling of federal health exchange website paved the way for Accenture Federal Services. The dismissal of HealthCare.gov’s lead contractor, CGI Federal, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the agency’s decision to hire Accenture Federal Services, mark the latest effort by CMS to move beyond the management missteps that have […]

South Carolina lawmakers take aim at healthcare law

(Reuters) – South Carolina lawmakers say they have found a way to stop implementation of the U.S. Affordable Care Act in their state, an effort that could provide a template for other Republican-led legislatures looking to derail the federal program. The proposed measure would ban state agencies from helping carry out President Barack Obama’s signature […]

Obama aide: Health care rollout like a football game

The Obama administration’s new point person on the health care rollout compares the effort to a football game, and cites one specific example. Just as the Indianapolis Colts rallied from a 28-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs this past weekend, the health care law is coming back from its rough start and will […]

Official who oversaw building of Obamacare website retires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner announced Snyder’s departure to senior staff last week in a statement viewed by Reuters on […]

Federal Healthcare Marketplace Website Tops One Million

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Thousands of Floridians who joined the last minute rush to sign up for health care under the federal government marketplace helped push the rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark. Of the more than 1.1 million people now enrolled, nearly 1 million signed up in December, with the majority coming days before […]

Exclusive: U.S. government urged to name CEO to run Obamacare market

(Reuters) – The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies on healthcare reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay the concerns of insurers after the rocky rollout of Obamacare. Advocates have been quietly pushing the idea of a CEO who would set marketplace rules, coordinate with […]

Broad Skepticism on Health Care Law

With the approach of the new year, when health insurance policies under President Obama’s new health care law are set to begin, there is wide skepticism among both the insured and uninsured about how the law will affect them and the nation as a whole, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. The poll […]