US moves to ease employers’ Obama health-law burden

By Kim Dixon WASHINGTON | Thu Sep 5, 2013 6:46pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday issued proposed rules aimed at easing the requirements for companies and insurers when they report employees’ health coverage information to comply with President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. The proposed regulations are a key element […]

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 […]

Feds clarify Hill health coverage under Obamacare

The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a proposed rule allowing the government to continue to pay for a significant portion of health insurance for lawmakers and Hill staffers. The regulation begins to finalize a policy solution released last week in response to a growing controversy over how Hill staffers will get their health insurance in […]

Delay of new health law could help job market

An employment sign in the window of a Steve Madden shoe store in Pasadena, Calif., in June.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian Getty Images) The job market could get a modest boost from the Obama administration’s decision to give large employers a one-year extension to provide health coverage to their employees or face fines. Some consultants and economists […]

Colorado Struggles to Educate, Enroll Residents in New Health Insurance …

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JEFFREY BROWN: Next: spreading the word about the new health reform law. It’s a crucial challenge for the federal government and states, creating so-called insurance exchanges. Last week, an independent arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, reported that work is running behind. Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters she still believes seven million […]

Ohio’s health-insurance exchange a mystery

By  Ben Sutherly The Columbus Dispatch Sunday April 28, 2013 11:45 AM Enlarge Image Neal C. Lauron | DISPATCH Melissa Humbert, with her son, Breniam, 9, hopes she can afford health insurance through the exchange. Humbert, pregnant with her second child, currently receives Medicaid. She cannot afford the health insurance offered by her employer. In […]

Ohio Medicaid Move Hits Drug, Mental Health Help

Rejecting the expansion of health care coverage for more low-income Ohioans will mean the loss of $700 million over the next two years for medical care and treatment programs for people with mental illness or substance abuse problems, the governor’s administration says.    Advocates of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to expand Medicaid under President Barack […]

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 […]

Viewpoints: Health coverage: How affordable?

New subsidies will help millions more Californians obtain health insurance. Lifetime limits and pre-existing conditions will no longer be taken into consideration in determining coverage. Already, young adults can remain covered up to age 26 under their parents’ health insurance. All this and more is either in effect or will be implemented in 2014 as […]

Universal Orlando dropping health coverage for part-time workers over …

“Universal” health care is coming at too great a cost for Universal Studios Orlando.  The theme park plans to drop medical coverage for part-time workers starting in 2014, due to a provision in the federal health care overhaul.  The rule, which has raised concern at a number of other companies, would restrict annual limits on […]