Health insurance marketplaces are not for seniors

While the Obama administration is encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage on the new online insurance marketplaces, federal officials are planning a campaign to persuade millions of seniors to please stay away — don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are […]

First Thoughts: Health-care battle continues

Health care battle continues… OFA releases new TV ad trying to boost the health law’s popularity, while GOP politicians try to chart a course on how to roll back the law… Gingrich: GOP can’t just be against Obamacare… Violence in Egypt represents foreign-policy disaster for U.S… The sequester’s impact on science funding… And the latest […]

Feds announces recover of $67 million to assistance Americans go ‘shopping for …

The Obama administration is announcing a recover of $67 million in sovereign supports for people and groups such as Planned Parenthood to assistance Americans navigate ObamaCare. The proclamation was done Thursday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and settled a extend money, that is purportedly $13 million some-more than creatively set aside, will […]

UPS to End Health Benefits for Spouses of Some Workers

U.P.S., the world’s largest package delivery company, said its decision was prompted in part by “costs associated with” the federal health care law that is commonly called Obamacare. Several health care experts, however, said they believed the company was motivated by a desire to hold down health care costs, rather than because of cost increases […]

State health exchange rates vary, but lower than expected

WASHINGTON — As state health exchanges continue to announce lower-than-expected rates for health insurance, experts say both state and regional issues play a part in how much a consumer will pay for insurance beginning in January. Several factors come into play: a state’s regulations, how many insurers will participate in the state and federal exchanges, […]

Mental Health Cuts in Utah Leave Patients Adrift

Citing budget cuts, the nonprofit agency, Valley Mental Health, was removing Ms. Graham and some 2,200 other people from its roster and transferring them to other providers, a change that mental health advocates said was striking in its size and sweep, even in these austere times. “It was devastating,” Ms. Graham said. Officials with Valley […]

Health Care Law Raises Pressure on Public Unions

The so-called Cadillac tax was inserted into the Affordable Care Act at the advice of economists who argued that expensive health insurance with the employee bearing little cost made people insensitive to the cost of care. In public employment, though, where benefits are arrived at through bargaining with powerful unions, switching to cheaper plans will […]

Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs

Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of […]

Health care exchanges threatened by delay

Some health care exchanges won’t be ready for business by the official Oct. 1 target date, experts warn.(Photo: David Sutherland, Getty Images) SHARECONNECT 37 TWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE Less than 90 days before government-run health exchanges are due to open up shop under President Obama’s new health care law, Web insurers are still being locked out of helping […]

Obama to speak on health care law Thursday

President Obama(Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images) SHARECONNECT 143 TWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE President Obama returns to a familiar topic on Thursday: Health care. Obama will discuss the economic benefits of the new health care law, spokesman Jay Carney said, a day after New York state reported that it expects private health insurance rates to drop by more than […]