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Health Dec 15Healthcare.gov prepares for traffic crunch as deadlines hit today
Wait times at the federal call center started creeping up around the middle of last week, mainly due to a surge of current customers with questions about their coverage for next year. Many will face higher premiums, although they could…
Politics Dec 14Another major deadline for health insurance sign-ups looms
President Barack Obama's push to cover America's uninsured faces another big test Monday. This time, it's not only how the website functions, but how well the program itself works for millions who are starting to count on it.
Nation Nov 19Many frustrated by HealthCare.gov’s missing green card option
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like other HealthCare.gov customers, immigrants are relieved that the government's health insurance website is working fairly well this year. They're baffled, though, by what looks like an obvious lapse: There is no clear way to upload a…
Politics Nov 15Amid legal challenges, health law sign-up season begins
The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opened Saturday, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience.
Health Nov 14New health care customers may see hike in premiums
Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law will see their premiums rise next year unless they switch to another plan, independent analysts said as the government released details Friday.
Nation Nov 09Higher bar for health law in 2nd sign-up season
With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public.
Health Oct 31Medicare paid for drugs after patients had died, report finds
WASHINGTON — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look.
Health Oct 23HealthCare.gov’s EZ form not an easy route for legal immigrants
WASHINGTON — HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year.
Politics Oct 20GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away
WASHINGTON -- While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. They just don't see the law going away, even if their party wins control of the Senate in…
Nation Sep 16Congressional investigators say HealthCare.gov must strengthen security
Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk.