Washington Post: How states could avert a Supreme Court Obamacare disaster

By Jason Millman The stage is set for another Obamacare showdown at the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) If the Supreme Court rules next spring against insurance subsidies in states that have refused to run their own marketplaces, these states will face a decision with implications for millions of people who’d suddenly lose subsidies: Do they cave and set … Continue reading

Washington Post: Obamacare Round 2: States gear up for start of next enrollment period in November

This year’s enrollment will be half as long, and by now, the most eager participants have already signed up. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)  By Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby October 5 LOS ANGELES — As states gear up for Round 2 of Affordable Care Actenrollment next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva. … Continue reading

Washington Post: Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey

BY LENNY BERNSTEIN    There are painful losing streaks that don’t really matter — say, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-game disaster in 1976 and 1977 — and losing streaks that really mean something. This one means something. A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when … Continue reading

Washington Post: Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans

By Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar,  The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the situation. The problem means that potentially hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Biden: GOP governors will eventually take Medicaid expansion

BY AARON BLAKE (Susan Walsh/February 2014 file photo/AP) Vice President Biden predicted Friday that Republican governors who have declined the federal Medicaid expansion will eventually be forced to reverse course and take the expansion because of political pressure. Speaking to the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, Biden criticized the GOP governors who have … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg – Copies of the application for the Health Insurance Marketplace from the Department of Health and Human Services are distributed.  By Amy Goldstein The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal … Continue reading

Washington Post: GOP running from health-care-law label but not health-care-law money

AJ Mast/AP – Indiana’s Mike Pence is among the GOP governors asking the federal government for Affordable Care Act money to expand a program that provides coverage to low-income Hoosiers.  By Reid Wilson, Published: February 24  In the bitterly partisan debate over the Affordable Care Act, few House members criticized the proposed legislation as harshly or as often as … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Fewer than 2 million signed up for Medicaid under the health law, report says

By Sandhya Somashekhar and Lena H. Sun,  Between 1 million and 2 million Americans signed up for Medicaid last year because of the health-care law, according to a new report suggesting that many of the people who have joined the program since the initiative’s rollout in October would have done so absent the law. The Obama administration has said that … Continue reading

Washington Post: Judge upholds health law subsidies

By Sandhya Somashekhar,  A federal judge in the District rejected a lawsuit Wednesday that would have gutted President Obama’s health-care law by preventing the government from giving out subsidies to people buying health insurance in dozens of states. The federal subsidies are critical to the law because they reduce monthly premiums, in some cases drastically, for … Continue reading

Washington Post: New problems emerge with health-care Web site; Sebelius acknowledges frustrations

By William Branigin and Sandhya Somashekhar,  New problems emerged Wednesday with the implementation of President Obama’s health-care law even as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured lawmakers that “miserably frustrating” problems with a nearly month-old health-insurance Web site would soon be fixed. The Web site, HealthCare.gov, was down again most of the morning while Sebelius was testifying before … Continue reading

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