Obamacare News

Maryland Gov. O’Malley to Push Emergency Health Insurance Bill

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration will submit emergency legislation at the start of Maryland’s legislative session this week aimed at insuring people who thought they had successfully enrolled in a health care plan through the state’s health exchange but had …

Circle These Dates: Health Law’s Key Tests in 2014

The new year brings the big test of President Barack Obama’s beleaguered health care law: Will it work? The heart of the law springs to life Wednesday, after nearly four years of political turmoil and three months of enrollment chaos. …

Obamacare Proposal Boosts Payments to Insurers for Sicker Policyholders

The U.S. government is proposing compensation to help insurers participating in Obamacare health exchanges who fear that their costs will spin out of control if their plans are dominated by sicker people. Fears about cost burdens from sicker patients increased …

Some NYC Hospitals Not Taking New Health Plans

New Yorkers buying a health plan on the state’s new insurance exchange should read the fine print if they’re interested in getting care at some of the city’s top hospitals. Not all are participating in the new plans created by …

Insurers, Regulators Question Obama’s Healthcare Promise ‘Fix’

Insurers and state regulators say that President Barack Obama’s “fix” for policies canceled under his healthcare reform law will create new problems for the industry and could lead to an increase in premiums. Facing pressure by lawmakers from his Democratic …

Obama Administration Under Fire for Individual Health Policy Cancellations

President Barack Obama’s advisers deliberately crafted his signature healthcare law to fulfill his oft-repeated promise: those who like their insurance can keep it. Even with that provision, Obama administration officials knew by June 2010 that as many as 10 million …

Obamacare Day 3: High Demand, Enrollment Glitches Persist

Americans trying to find out how much health coverage will cost under Obamacare endured a third day of limited access to new online health insurance exchanges on Thursday, leading to a growing backlog of people waiting to enter the system. …

Idaho Insurance Agents Leery Of Exchange’s Promise

Insurance agents are still waiting to be convinced Idaho’s insurance exchange will benefit their businesses, though the board that established this Internet marketplace for individual and small business coverage sought to make sure they could still earn commissions. The exchange …

Technology, Not Presidents, Drives Healthcare Costs

Last week I attended Brookings Papers on Economic Activity to watch some of the smartest economists in America debate some of the most interesting papers. The very first paper presented is of particularly timely interest: “Is This Time Different? The …

Local Firms in Pennsylvania Take ‘Wait and See’ Approach to Health Care Law

The mandate that large employers provide health care coverage to their employees has been put off until 2015, but some businesses have already started changing health care benefits. Still, many local employers in Bucks County, Penn., say they have little …