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CBO: Health law could mean fewer full-time workers

3:28 PM, Feb 4, 2014

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.

Medical debt will persist despite health law

8:08 AM, Jan 15, 2014

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.

Health care changes to watch for in 2014

10:27 AM, Jan 2, 2014

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.

Health enrollment deadline extended one day

1:53 PM, Dec 23, 2013

Federal regulators extended the deadline for consumers to enroll in health insurance until midnight Tuesday, Christmas Eve.

Sign up today to have health care on January 1

9:43 AM, Dec 23, 2013

And while government officials said the federal site,, 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.

Obama to launch new health care campaign

11:53 AM, Dec 3, 2013

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.

Health care enrollment for 2015 delayed a month

1:43 PM, Nov 22, 2013

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.

Problems with health website expected beyond Nov.

7:35 AM, Nov 20, 2013

Americans should expect more trouble with the website next month despite promises to the contrary.

White House warned in March about troubled website

5:45 PM, Nov 19, 2013

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.

Health care deductibles a shock to consumers

2:30 PM, Nov 18, 2013

"(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.

Michigan bill forces health care premium disclosure

2:04 PM, Nov 17, 2013

Legislation pending in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give customers annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums

House approves bill for people to keep insurance

1:50 PM, Nov 15, 2013

Thirty nine Democrats supported the measure despite Democratic leaders' opposition and a veto threat from President Obama.

Obama to meet insurance CEOs

9:57 AM, Nov 15, 2013

Some insurance companies and state insurance officials have questioned the president's proposal.

Health enrollments fail to meet low expectations

10:46 AM, Nov 14, 2013

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

Searching for health care cancellation fix

8:32 AM, Nov 13, 2013

"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.

Clinton to Obama: Let people keep health plans

1:34 PM, Nov 12, 2013

"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 published on Tuesday.

Mental health bills may threaten Obamacare

8:51 AM, Nov 7, 2013

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.

Rep. Upton pens USA Today opinion piece on ACA

3:22 PM, Nov 4, 2013

In the piece he offers the "Keep Your Health Plan Act", which would allow people to keep their health plans.

Biden: Obama couldn't get on ACA web site either

2:11 PM, Oct 31, 2013

It sounds like President Obama himself is among those who've had trouble with

The real costs of buying insurance

12:17 PM, Oct 31, 2013

It has been a month since the Health Insurance Marketplace officially opened.

Health chief apologizes for botched ACA website

9:18 AM, Oct 30, 2013

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.

HHS will vow to fix ACA website 'as soon as possible'

1:06 PM, Oct 29, 2013

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. 

Report: W.H. knew plans would be canceled under ACA

9:09 AM, Oct 29, 2013

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.'s problems to be fixed in month

4:07 PM, Oct 25, 2013

The troubled 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 Obama acknowledges website problems

10:32 AM, Oct 22, 2013

President Barack Obama is acknowledging his health care law's rollout "hasn't worked as smoothly as it's supposed to work."

Hospitals face new world under health law

9:14 AM, Oct 22, 2013

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.

Obama to address health website woes

6:21 AM, Oct 21, 2013

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.

Experts say health exchange site needs overhaul

11:27 AM, Oct 17, 2013

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.

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