Affordable Care Act: Updates

Kathleen Sebelius

Health website to remain a work in progress

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the vast majority of users. “The 30th of November is not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement. We have

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  • Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

    Posted on November 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Barack Obama

    DAVID ESPO, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes

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  • Obama apologizes to people losing health coverage

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Barack Obama

    JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their coverage. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said in an interview Thursday with

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

Helena Gudger

Costs worry woman, 26, who wants health insurance

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Helena Gudger is the type of person health insurance companies need on the books as the federal Affordable Care Act begins to roll out: Young, relatively healthy and hungry for coverage. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, using clinics and the county hospital for checkups, routine tests and visits to a gynecologist. She pays cash, checks

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  • Michigan smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits

    Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Health Overhaul Archetype Smoker

    DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify,

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  • Health care law perplexing to business owners

    Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Tim Holmes , Colleen Holmes

    MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a

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Affordable Care Act: Links

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