Clinton Urges Americans to Sign Up for Health Care Exchanges

“The health of our people, the security and stability of our families, and the strength of our economy are all riding on getting health care reform right and doing it well,” he said. Less than a month before Americans can start shopping for insurance under the law, the speech comes at a pivotal time for […]

Mixed Signals on Employee Health Insurance

An authoritative survey found that premiums for family and individual coverage at work — including both the company’s and the worker’s share — have gone up only moderately for the second year in a row, suggesting that health care inflation may finally be abating and that whatever costs the president’s health reforms may add will […]

Launch of Health-Care Exchanges Around Corner

With just two months until the Oct. 1 deadline for states and the federal government to have their health-care exchanges up and running, now’s the time for consumers to learn how their insurance plans will operate under the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate, which requires every U.S. citizen to either have health care or […]

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 […]

House readies to vote on yet another bill to repeal health-care law

Since Republicans took over in 2011, the House has voted five times to repeal President Obama’s health-care law. It has also voted 31 other times to repeal individual pieces of the law or to strip away its funding. Still, on Thursday the House will do it all once more — voting on a new bill […]

Mixed results of Oregon Health Plan study fuel national debate

View full sizeThe Oregon Health Plan covers more than 650,000 Oregonians. But its effects are a matter of debate, thanks to a new study.The Associated Press Oregon is again starring in the debate over national health care reform after a study tracking 12,000 low-income Oregonians between 2008 and 2010 found that newly enrolled Oregon Health […]

Obama wooed Snowe on health care — unsuccessfully – USA Today

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, pictured in 2010, opted not to seek re-election in 2012, citing rising partisanship.(Photo: File photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) Who says President Obama doesn’t like to schmooze lawmakers? Former senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, says in a new book that Obama lobbied her aggressively on the health care bill, saying she […]

Health care providers want faster changes in payments

Instead of fee-for-service medicine, providers want the government — or states or private payers — to pay for treatment as a whole. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies about the fiscal 2014 budget Friday on Capitol Hill.(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP) WASHINGTON — Health care providers are pushing the federal government to scrap […]

Health care law’s big task: explaining it to consumers

Few consumers know what they will need to do to sign up for health insurance that they’ll be required to have, and time and money to educate them may come up short. Supporters on both sides of the health care reform issue argue in Skokie, Ill., in 2009.(Photo: Jim Prisching, AP) When President Lyndon Johnson […]

Idaho health insurers pile up surpluses

Idaho’s two major health insurance companies are using money from double-digit rate increases to build savings and investment accounts that now top $600 million. Similarly rising stockpiles among insurers doing business in Washington have raised concerns by its insurance commissioner that the surpluses are more than the companies need. He wants legislation to let him […]