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 […]

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 […]

Why HealthCare.gov Was Desperate to Switch Hosting Providers

The last three months of 2013 were a roller coaster for Healthcare.gov, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) struggled with network outages on Terremark, a subsidiary of Verizon, while juggling self-imposed deadlines for policy enrollments and payments. On November 27, 2013, The HHS signed a contract with HP to switch hosts for […]

It’s Medicare open enrollment time: your options and Obamacare

Before reviewing options for next year’s Medicare coverage, it’s important to understand how Medicare fits with the Affordable Care Act often called Obamacare. By Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service Posted Nov. 26, 2013 @ 9:00 am Before reviewing options for next year’s Medicare coverage, it’s important to understand how Medicare fits with the Affordable […]