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A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
12/02/2016

Open Enrollment Bi-Weekly Snapshot

More than 2.1 million people have signed up for health insurance since the start of open enrollment on November 1 according to a bi-weekly snapshot released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday. During weeks three and four of enrollment, over 1.1 million people chose plans using the federal marketplace at HealthCare.gov. Most enrollees are returning customers.... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
11/09/2016

Should I Still Enroll in Health Insurance?

Enroll The 2016 Presidential Election concluded on November 8th with a stunning victory for Donald Trump. One of the platforms Trump ran on was that he would repeal and replace Obamacare. Right now, Americans are at the beginning of the 2017 Open Enrollment Period under Obamacare. Under Obamacare, every American must have health insurance or else they will face a... Read Full Article

A Picture of Katie Dickinson Katie Dickinson
11/04/2016

First Day of 2017 Open Enrollment is a Success

Despite higher premium prices for next year, HealthCare.gov enrollment numbers were up by 50 percent on Tuesday, which marked the first day of the 2017 Obamacare open enrollment period. Over 60,000 applications were filed in six hours, which is double that of the first day of enrollment last year, per the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The benchmark... Read Full Article

A Picture of Elliott Perez Elliott Perez
09/06/2016

CMS Proposes New Standards to Strengthen the Marketplace for 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the proposed annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018, intended to strengthen the Health Insurance Marketplace. CMS is officially issuing this rule as of September 6, 2016, addressing changes that have been underway in the last six months. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) law continues to evolve, and... Read Full Article

A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
08/16/2016

Aetna Also Dropping Out of Some Markets

Consumers who buy health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces will face an even greater shortage in the number of plans available for 2017. Aetna, the country’s third-largest health insurer, announced on Monday that it would be withdrawing individual major medical plans from the exchanges in 11 out of the 15 states where it currently does business. Only plans in Delaware,... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
08/08/2016

Insurance Carriers Leave the Marketplace

As America prepares for the fourth open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act this November, changes to the availability of health insurance on the Obamacare marketplaces may impact coverage nationwide. Earlier this year, United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance provider, announced that it would be cutting ties with the ACA exchanges. Since that announcement, other insurers have followed... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
07/14/2016

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Results: Most Enrollees Like Their Obamacare Plan

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Results: Most Enrollees Like Their Obamacare Plan We are already past The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third year of marketplace open enrollment. A new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey focused on individuals purchasing ACA insurance plans or enrolled in Medicaid on the marketplace appear to like their coverage options overall but are still worried about premiums,... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
04/22/2016

Obamacare plans increase, as employer-sponsored coverage drops

As the latest reports show, the most recent Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which ended on Jan. 31, 2016, saw 12.7 million Americans sign up for health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This latest OEP represents an increase of one million people (8.5 percent more) over the previous year. Since the healthcare law’s passage on Jan. 1, 2014,... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
04/22/2016

Employer coverage remains strong, even as ACA plans provide coverage

The Jan 1st 2014, launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided millions of previously uninsured Americans with vital healthcare coverage. But countless heated arguments have been directed at the law, both for and against. One of the most volatile matters was the issue of employer-sponsored policies, by far, the biggest source for the nations’ health insurance. The Congressional Budget... Read Full Article

A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
04/22/2016

CMS announces confirmation changes to SEP process

Over the past three years, Americans have taken full advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP). This is the official window in which people are able to select and purchase ACA-compliant health insurance plans. By all accounts, the OEPs are successful, with the final estimates for the 2016 OEP showing that 12.7 million Americans signed... Read Full Article

A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
03/01/2016

Younger, healthier enrollees boosting ACA’s value to carriers

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 18-34-year-old consumers are considered the ultimate prize for big insurance carriers. The enrollment of younger, healthier people, also known as “millennials or Young Invincibles (YIs), affects all Americans’ coverage. They’re less likely to use their insurance, compared to older, sicker beneficiaries. This balances out the insurance market’s risk pool, reducing carriers’... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
03/01/2016

Childhood insurance coverage hitting nationwide highs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided millions of American adults with high-quality healthcare coverage. But the nation’s youngest have benefited from the law, as well. Research shows that since the Jan. 1, 2014, establishment of Obamacare, 25 states have seen significant increases in children’s coverage rates. Among the benefits of this coverage increase has been improved access to care... Read Full Article

A Picture of Elliott Perez Elliott Perez
01/11/2016

The New Year marks a new Obamacare enrollment milestone

The start of 2016 has signaled another achievement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As of Dec. 31, 2015, more than 8.5 million Americans have purchased health coverage during this latest 2016 Open Enrollment Period (OEP). As 6 million of these were policy renewals, this supports the Obama administration’s estimates of as many as 14.7 million ACA enrollees by the... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
01/11/2016

Florida tops the nation in Obamacare enrollment

In 2015, Florida achieved an impressive milestone, as the state’s population reached 20.27 million. The Sunshine State now ranks as the third most-populous, trailing only California and Texas. Additionally, for the first time in a decade, Florida gained more people than California; 365,703, or more than 1,000 residents a day. This population growth illustrates the state’s appeal, whether for employment,... Read Full Article

A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
01/11/2016

Two-month delay helping companies meet ACA tax reporting needs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has enabled millions of people to obtain health insurance. But some sections of this law are not as popular, especially within the workplace. This is because, depending on the number of employees, companies could face substantial financial penalties for failing to provide adequate insurance coverage. But on Dec. 28, 2015, the Treasury Department announced a... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
12/10/2015

If you’ve missed the ACA’s enrollment deadline, SEPs may hold the answer

The 2016 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) began on Nov. 1, 2015, and runs through Jan. 31, 2016. Come February, those Americans who have not enrolled in an approved health insurance plan, whether through the Federal Marketplace or a private company, may face an IRS-imposed tax penalty. Fortunately, the Obama Administration has made provisions, in the form of a Special Enrollment... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
12/10/2015

New and existing 2016 ACA enrollment rates up in latest reports

With the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) third Open Enrollment Period well underway, recent reports suggest another successful sign-up period. As of Nov. 25, the OEP’s third week, an estimated 1.6 million Americans have enrolled coverage through HealthCare.gov. And more promising news is that about one-third (500,000) of these enrollees were new customers. These results are an indication that the 2016... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
11/16/2015

Obamacare Insurance Costs For 2016

It’s time once again to plan next year’s healthcare for you and your family. The annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP) begins on Nov. 1, 2015 and runs through Jan. 31, 2016. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires all Americans to purchase coverage during the three-month OEP. And if you want coverage to begin on New... Read Full Article

A Picture of Elliott Perez Elliott Perez
07/12/2014

Number of Uninsured Americans at all Time Low

The concept behind the Affordable Care Act was a simple one: create a healthcare system that provided health coverage to every person no matter their medical history, financial position and geographic location. Eventually and ideally, if the letter of the Obamacare law is carried out to the fullest, the percentage of people who are uninsured in the United States would... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
07/12/2014

CA Passes Law That Exempts Businesses from Mandates Until 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on July 7, 2014 that excused small businesses in California from complying with the employer mandate requirements under the Affordable Care Act for another year, until 2016. Under the original version of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama wanted the employer mandates to take effect in 2014. That deadline was pushed back until... Read Full Article

A Picture of Elliott Perez Elliott Perez
07/11/2014

Lawmakers are Drafting a Way Around Hobby Lobby Ruling

Democratic lawmakers are not going to sit back and delve on the possible ramifications of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling for too long because they have already proposed legislation that would address the issues created by the June 30th ruling. As a refresher, the Supreme Court returned a verdict on June 30 in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores,... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
07/11/2014

Hobby Lobby Case Isn’t the Last Coming Down the Pike

Hobby Lobby VS. Obamacare On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States returned a verdict in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. stating that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby are not required to pay for and provide contraception through the insurance policies that they fund for their employees because it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The... Read Full Article

A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
05/09/2014

Border States Driving to Mexico for Cheaper Healthcare

California Obamacare patients are finding it more affordable to drive to Tijuana, Mexico for health care treatment than to use their high-deductible Obamacare plans. Irma Montalvo tells USA Today seeing a Tijuana doctor only costs $15 and that she likes her Mexican doctor better. “She listens to me,” said Montalvo, a U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico, said in... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
05/09/2014

Obamacare, Constitution’s Origination Clause was Broken

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act is back in court, according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday. President Barack Obama’s huge health care reform law which has had so much trouble getting passed and later enacted is now being challenged on terms of legality. The latest attack on Obamacare comes from a group which says Congress didn’t pass it legally... Read Full Article

A Picture of Adam Weisshouse Adam Weisshouse
04/09/2014

Want Health Insurance? TOO BAD..NO policies til 2015!

Latest ObamaCare surprise: Most won’t be able to buy health insurance until end of year Jim Angle There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges. “It’s all closed... Read Full Article

A Picture of Alex Hitcherson Alex Hitcherson
03/31/2014

How Windfall Earnings Can Spoil Your Obamacare Subsidy

Question: I expect $45,000 in self-employed income for my family of four this year, qualifying me for substantial government subsidies through the Affordable Care Act exchange. What happens if my actual earnings are just as expected until Dec. 31, 2014, when I realize an involuntary capital gain because a company that I own a stake in gets bought out by... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
03/31/2014

IRS Will Retroactively Bill You for Obamacare If Your Income Rises

Get this. Say you reported to the Obamacare exchange last month that your recent income is at a rate of about $50,000 per year. For a family of four that signs up just the two adults, Obamacare subsidies would be about $500 a month or $6K for the year. What happens if your income rises for some reason and you... Read Full Article

A Picture of Elliott Perez Elliott Perez
03/25/2014

Obamacare Horrors Stories Revealed

“There are plenty of [Obamacare] horror stories being told. All of them are untrue,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid not long ago on the floor of the Senate. Four years after the president signed the measure into law, there are, of course, many real stories of hardship under Obamacare. An extensive list of which is included at the end... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
03/25/2014

March 31 is Cut Off for ObamaCare Registration

March 31 may be a significant – and very expensive – date in your life. Don’t know why? That is not unusual. Tens of millions of Americans do not, according to public opinion polls. By the end of this month, many people are required to be signed up for Obamacare health insurance. Failure to do so means paying a tax... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
03/07/2014

Sex Changes for University of Illinois under Obamacare

University of Illinois trustees today approved a student health insurance plan for the Urbana-Champaign campus that will for the first time cover gender reassignment surgery, a benefit they approved for the Chicago campus last year. The trustees’ 8-2 decision came after about 20 minutes of discussion and followed public comments by two students and an employee who counsels the university’s... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
02/04/2014

The Uninsured Hate ObamaCare

Health Care: A new survey shows that ObamaCare is less popular with the uninsured than with the public. How is this even possible? The January Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll shows that just 24% of the uninsured approve of ObamaCare. That’s down from 40% the month before the reform officially launched in October, and it’s a full 10 points... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
01/19/2014

Dozens More Obamacare Regs To Be Unveiled in 2014

The Congressional Research Service has identified dozens of new regulations being written in various stages by agencies that will be applied to enforce Obamacare. There is no estimate of what the regulations will cost. That little tidbit of information doesn’t seem to be at the top of the list of things we should know about government regulation before they’re approved.... Read Full Article

A Picture of Elliott Perez Elliott Perez
01/19/2014

Gun Permits Out Number Obamacare Applications in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — In two weeks, nearly 22,000 Illinois residents have applied online for a permit to carry a gun, according to the State Police. But in the past three months, only 61,000 have selected an insurance plan through the state’s “Obamacare” website, according to numbers from the state. State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, said when considering Illinois has been promoting... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
01/19/2014

ObamaCare Gets Outsourced Amid Unemployment Crisis

President Obama spent $831 billion of taxpayer money on a stimulus plan for the economy. He gave nearly $50 billion in aid to GM to keep it afloat. He lost $500 million on energy company Solyndra. All in the name of saving jobs. Yet when it comes to his own signature initiative, the president doesn’t care about American workers. He’s... Read Full Article

A Picture of Charlotte Gilbert Charlotte Gilbert
08/22/2013

UPS Drops Spouses from Health Insurance

ObamaCare’s Latest Outrage Health Reform: Thousands of UPS workers have found out what’s actually in that Obama-Care package Democrats shipped out in 2010. Their company decided to drop coverage for spouses to avoid the law’s added costs. President Obama has been claiming lately that most of his signature law is already in place, and that all the fuss about delays... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
08/21/2013

Will Low Prices Attract Millenials to Obamacare

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If uninsured young Americans shun the new health plans offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, it will be because the insurance costs too much and not because they don’t expect to need much medical care, according to a study released on Wednesday. What uninsured young adults do when state exchanges created under “Obamacare” open... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
07/31/2013

Georgia Insurance Rates Spike 198% Under Obamacare

Georgia insurance commissioner asks Sec. Sebelius to explain rate increases Health insurance rates in Georgia are rising by up to 198 percent under Obamacare, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday. States are required by the Affordable Care Act to report new insurance premium rates for state exchanges... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
07/26/2013

Define Irony: IRS Employees: We Don’t Want ObamaCare

IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law. National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama’s health care law. The union leaders are providing members with a form letter to send to the congressmen that says “I am... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
07/02/2013

Health Insurance Rates May Double, Triple for Healthy Americans

Wynton Hall: Insurance premiums for sicker Americans will become less expensive as healthier Americans are forced to buy coverage or additional coverage to what they currently have or face government fines and penalties. The Journal examined figures from eight states to demonstrate the cost increases for healthier Americans. “Virginia is one of the eight states examined by the Journal and... Read Full Article

A Picture of Abby Coleman Abby Coleman
07/02/2013

LA Teachers Brainwash Kids on Obamacare

The story of LA teachers indoctrinating kids on ObamaCare goes national (Video) http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/070113-661975-fox-and-friends-andrew-malcolm-obamacare-teachings.htm Andrew Malcolm Secret sources across the country have leaked to us word that many of you skipped out of work early Friday for the last weekend in June. That’s between you and the NSA. But as a result, you may have missed our report on this clever... Read Full Article

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