Five Reasons to “Heart” ObamaCare, Even if You’re Republican

  Despite talk of "copper" plans, suggesting the health law will change its coverage requirements, and Moody's assertion that ObamaCare is harmful to insurers, we can still find a few reasons to appreciate the ACA. It's hard for anyone to foresee how the law will pan out, yet opening the door to coverage to millions of Americans is a milestone in our health system. Many insurers are...

What You Need to Know About Health Reform This Week

  Florida explores Medicaid reform, the Obama administration extends another deadline, and some same-sex couples still can't catch a break for family coverage. We're nearly a month and a half into the Affordable Care Act's most significant implementation year, and the law is still getting tweaked in preparation for later provisions. The controversial provision known as the employer ...

AOL is the Latest Employer to Blame Obamacare For Cuts

AOL announced it's joining the anti-ACA business movement along with Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Staples, Sea World and dozens of local businesses and education systems nationwide. Large companies have two key requirements under the healthcare law, to cover full-time workers and also to keep health benefits not-too-cushy. AOL now joins a growing pool of employers to cite the Affordable Car...

CMS Prepares for HealthCare.gov Enrollment Appeal Hearings

What happens when the US government tries to correct it's own errors? It makes more of them. The federal Obamacare site mess continues, with about 22,000 unhappy customers filing appeals that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can't even handle due to technological flaws. While the appeals process is supposed to be automated, that part of the site doesn't function well. ...

Health is More Critical Than Age to Obamacare’s Success

After releasing potentially damaging Affordable Care Act ad campaigns attempting to persuade the younger population into buying coverage, people are rethinking the theory that the 18-35 crowd needs to enroll in order for the law to work. Now that health reform is underway, experts say it's not just young people, but healthy ones that will help it the most. As premiums on the individual market w...

Why HealthCare.gov is the Mini Cooper of Health Insurance

  The federally-run health insurance website, which goes by simply "The Marketplace," welcomes visitors with a slick, inviting, apparently easy-to-use homepage. Millions of Americans using this site want coverage, the necessity they've been told is mandatory, and they're looking to avoid a penalty or secure a solid plan to cover their illness. Since the site opened as an online mark...

The Carriers You’ve Never Heard Of: Obamacare Co-Ops

If you've had a look at your state's health insurance marketplace offerings, you may have noticed a few unfamiliar names alongside the Aetna and Humana policies. These are the small healthcare co-ops now selling individual plans on the exchanges, and if it seems like they came out of complete obscurity, it's because they did. There's Chinese Community Health Plan in San Francisco, Common Gr...

States May Successfully Limit Access to Health Law Benefits

A study released Tuesday showed strong signs that anti-Obamacare states blocking access to the law's health insurance marketplaces are actually effective in their efforts. States like Florida, where the health department refused to staff community health centers with application assistants, have created laws barring residents from their new coverage freedoms. The result is an uninformed pop...

Obamacare Plans Begin to Reach Their Young Target Audience

The health insurance marketplace provides almost any uninsured American access to coverage, including unhealthy and chronically ill patients. Because health plans are now guaranteed issue, the White House, insurers and exchanges have stressed the need for younger, healthier applicants to balance enrollment. Until Monday, we didn't know how many young adults purchased health insurance on the...

2014 Obamacare Taxes Are In Effect

It's the second week of 2014, which not only means that Obamacare health plans have started, but also that the law's new taxes are all but entirely in place. In order to insure the lower-income population, other groups that might be able to spare some tax dollars took a hit. This includes tanning salon customers, higher-income Americans and insurance companies. But like other Affordable ...