Julie Rovner http://wkms.org en That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room http://wkms.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-now-comes-wiggle-room We're just five days away from the March 31 deadline to sign up for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For weeks, administration officials, including the president, have insisted that there would be no extensions to the scheduled end of the six-month open enrollment period.<p>But now there's some wiggle room. Let's review, shall we?<p><strong>Start with the key question: Is Monday still the deadline?</strong><p>Yes. Next Monday, March 31, is the last day for most individuals to sign up for health insurance for 2014 through the health exchanges or outside of them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 39493 at http://wkms.org That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room Health Law's Employer Mandate Hits Another Speed Bump http://wkms.org/post/aca-employer-mandate-hits-another-speed-bump The Obama administration is, again, delaying implementation of a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide health insurance to their workers (or, potentially, face penalties). But this time it's not the entire "employer mandate" that's being delayed (<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/02/198128747/affordable-care-acts-employer-mandate-delayed">as it was in 2013</a>) — just part of it.<p>For most businesses affected by the law (firms with fewer than 50 workers are exempt), the employer provisions will go into effect, as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2015. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 38601 at http://wkms.org Health Law's Employer Mandate Hits Another Speed Bump The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate http://wkms.org/post/healthy-not-young-may-determine-health-laws-fate Now that the problems with the balky <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website are largely fixed, the Obama administration is finally feeling comfortable enough to launch some of the outreach it planned for last fall.<p>Its top target: young adults, specifically those between 18 and 35.<p>Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler and former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson are among the celebrity spokesmen. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 38264 at http://wkms.org The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 http://wkms.org/post/health-care-costs-grew-more-slowly-economy-2012 Health care spending grew at a record slow pace for the fourth straight year in 2012, according to a new government report. But the federal officials who compiled the report disagree with their bosses in the Obama administration about why.<p>The <a href="http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/33/1/67.abstract">annual report</a> from the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, published in the journal <em>Health Affairs</em>, found total U.S. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 37843 at http://wkms.org Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 Dental Coverage Deciphered, And The Latest On Sign-Up Deadlines http://wkms.org/post/dental-coverage-deciphered-and-latest-sign-deadlines New Year's Day marked the halfway point to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for coverage this year.<p>And after a dismal start, things seem to be going a lot better on the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website. Federal officials say more than 1 million people enrolled in coverage by the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=258291561">Christmas Eve deadline</a> for coverage that began January 1.<p>People have until March 31 to purchase a plan, or enroll in Medicaid if you're eligible. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:18:56 +0000 Julie Rovner 37828 at http://wkms.org Dental Coverage Deciphered, And The Latest On Sign-Up Deadlines HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over http://wkms.org/post/healthcaregov-now-allows-window-shopping-and-do-over One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.<p>Federal officials said <a href="http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131203/IT/312030009/Obama-Healthcare-gov-now-working">more than 1 million users logged in on Monday</a>, and nearly that many on Tuesday.<p>But less attention has been paid to some other upgrades that are also making the site easier for people to use. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 37098 at http://wkms.org HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk http://wkms.org/post/aclu-sues-us-bishops-says-catholic-hospital-rules-put-women-risk The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to go directly to the source of its unhappiness with the way women are treated in Catholic hospitals. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 37021 at http://wkms.org ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk Health Exchanges Brace For A December Deluge http://wkms.org/post/looming-deadline-push-more-traffic-insurance-website The race is on to get the federal insurance website HealthCare.gov working smoothly by the end of November.<p>And it's not just because that's what federal officials have promised. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 36840 at http://wkms.org Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles http://wkms.org/post/medicaid-enrollment-brisk-despite-healthcaregov-troubles Buried in the paltry enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act that were released last week was something that came as a surprise to many — the success states are having signing people up for the Medicaid program, which provides health care to low-income people.<p>During the first month the health exchanges were open, just over 100,000 people managed to choose a private health plan, according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/rpt_enrollment.pdf">the report</a>. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:57:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 36743 at http://wkms.org Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles Can You Keep Your Old Health Plan? It May Depend On Where You Live http://wkms.org/post/will-you-get-keep-your-health-plan-depends-where-you-live President Obama's proposal to try to let more people keep their canceled health insurance policies sounded so simple when he announced it Thursday.<p>"Insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014. And Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan," he said in unveiling the proposal at the White House.<p>In other words, if your insurance company says so, you can keep your existing health policy for another year. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 36628 at http://wkms.org Can You Keep Your Old Health Plan? It May Depend On Where You Live