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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.
Health Sep 15Thousands risk losing aid for health care premiums
Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
Health Sep 08Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion
A new study finds that many people newly covered by Medicaid under the federal health law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. That's one of the most expensive settings for health care.
Health Sep 03Report: Aging population, more insured driving rise in health care spending
The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients. Economic recovery, an aging society and more people insured under the…