Obama cites health plan tally of 11.4 million

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR, FEB. 17, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama said Tuesday that 11.4 million people had selected private health insurance plans or renewed their coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the enrollment period that ended Sunday. “It gives you some sense of how hungry people were out there for… Read More

Latest Obamacare numbers: more than a quarter million N.J. residents enrolled

NJ.COM, TRUE JERSEY By KATHLEEN O'BRIEN, FEB. 18, 2015 at 2:32 PM A quarter-million New Jersey residents have signed up or re-enrolled in a health insurance plan through the federalgovernment's website, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this afternoon. Nationwide, 11.4 million Americans either selected a plan or were re-enrolled in one,… Read More

Health care success for midwest co-op proves its undoing

NY TIMES By ABBOY GOODNOUGH, FEB. 16, 2015 RED OAK, Iowa — A few days after Christmas, Lisa Lovig's doctor called with jarring news. The health insurer covering her cancer treatments had run out of money, and its future was at best uncertain. “I was terrified,â€? said Ms. Lovig, 59, who has pancreatic cancer and… Read More

Half million New Yorkers got health insurance this year

Some 2.1 million have enrolled to date, but the popularity of private insurance ebbs CRAIN’S NEW YORK BUSINESS By IRINA IVANOVA, FEB. 18, 2015 at 3:15 PM More than 550,000 New Yorkers signed up for health insurance in the three-month open-enrollment period that ended Feb. 15, bringing the total number of enrolled New Yorkers to… Read More

Why single payer died in Vermont

POLITICO BY SARAH WHEATON December 20, 2014 Vermont was supposed to be the beacon for a single-payer health care system in America. But now its plans are in ruins, and its onetime champion Gov. Peter Shumlin may have set back the cause. Advocates of a “Medicare for allâ€? approach were largely sidelined during the national… Read More

Republicans launch PPACA assault with part-time worker bill

BLOOMBERG BY ALEX WAYNE January 6, 2015 Republicans, newly in charge of the House and Senate, begin their campaign to dismantle PPACA with a vote this week to ease the law's requirement that large employers give health insurance to full-time workers. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, companies with 50 or more employees… Read More

Affordable Care Act creates a trickier tax season

Subsidy Estimates May Be Inaccurate, While IRS Girds for a Flood of Queries THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By STEPHANIE ARMOUR And LOUISE RADNOFSKY Jan. 1, 2015 7:04 p.m. ET The first year of the Affordable Care Act is in the books, and now comes a tricky tax-filing season for millions of Americans. The law's requirement… Read More