Health Care Reform Stories
Workers eligible to buy cheaper health insurance or receive subsidies for having a lower income may choose to work fewer hours, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.
A new USA TODAY analysis shows the health plans people can choose still leave them vulnerable to thousands in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs each year.
Starting Wednesday, the Affordable Care Act was in full force, as millions of uninsured Americans either now have health coverage or will get it this year.
Federal regulators extended the deadline for consumers to enroll in health insurance until midnight Tuesday, Christmas Eve.
And while government officials said the federal site, HealthCare.gov, can handle a last-minute rush of consumers, there's still fear that the word may not be getting out to the people who most need to enroll.
President Obama and his aides will seek to rally public support for his embattled health care plan in the coming weeks, starting with a White House event Tuesday.
The start of the 2015 enrollment period under President Obama's new health care law is being pushed back a month, from Oct. 15 of next year to Nov. 15 -- just past the 2014 congressional elections.
Americans should expect more trouble with the HealthCare.gov website next month despite promises to the contrary.
Meanwhile, a woman spotlighted in an Oct. 21 health care speech at the White House said she has had to drop her new insurance policy because the costs shot up suddenly after her enrollment.
"(People) are saying 'I can afford to buy health care, I just can't afford to get sick,' " said Allen Zuppke, a Southfield insurance broker who helps consumers weigh risks, costs and options in buying health insurance.
Legislation pending in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give customers annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums
Thirty nine Democrats supported the measure despite Democratic leaders' opposition and a veto threat from President Obama.
Some insurance companies and state insurance officials have questioned the president's proposal.
The numbers represent only 1% of the estimated 48 million Americans without health insurance, and are far short of the 7 million the Congressional Budget Office had said were expected to sign up in the first year
"I just can't see an administrative fix that doesn't make things worse," said Timothy Jost, an expert on health care law at the Washington and Lee University law school in Lexington, Va.
"I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got," Clinton said in an interview at OZY.com published on Tuesday.
High mental health costs for young adults threaten to undermine a key assumption of the Affordable Care Act: that insuring more young people will lower costs because they are healthier and require less expensive care.
In the piece he offers the "Keep Your Health Plan Act", which would allow people to keep their health plans.
It sounds like President Obama himself is among those who've had trouble with HealthCare.gov.
It has been a month since the Health Insurance Marketplace officially opened.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized to Americans Wednesday for the troubled rollout of the national health care law and its dysfunctional website.
Tavenner apologized for the site's problems Tuesday and said the department was working to fix them. Sebelius will say the same, according to her prepared testimony.
Millions of Americans are getting their health insurance cancelled under the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration has known for about three years that this would happen.
The troubled HealthCare.gov website will be running properly by late November, said Jeffrey Zients, President Obama's appointee to fix the problems that have plagued the site since its Oct. 1 opening.
President Barack Obama is acknowledging his health care law's rollout "hasn't worked as smoothly as it's supposed to work."
One thing about the Affordable Care Act is clear: Hospitals will exist in a world where they are rewarded more for the quality of care than for the volume of patients they treat.
In the late morning, Obama is expected to criticize the many problems consumers have had logging onto the health care website, while stressing the benefits of the law and emphasizing his administration's efforts to fix the shortcomings.
The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY.