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Affordable Care Act enrollment begins Sunday


The third round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare,” opens on Nov. 1.

Window-shopping for consumers began last week when the Obama Administration released premiums. The rates are going up in many parts of the country, but people do have […]

Affordable Care Act survives: Supreme Court sides with White House on health insurance issue


The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sided with the White House in a ruling that will continue making health insurance affordable for millions of Americans, while ensuring a signature legislative achievement for President Obama remains in place.

In a 6-3 vote, the justices ruled that federal […]

Payment model seeks to cut cardiovascular disease


Healthcare providers who enroll in a new government program can get paid for prevention, while patients will have more say in their health under a new payment model announced Thursday.

The Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction model, part of the Affordable Care Act, gives doctors a […]

Big city hospitals severely penalized for Medicare readmissions

Big city hospitals in the United States have been severely penalized for readmission of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In 2013, 2,200 hospitals forfeited more than $280 million in Medicare funds due to readmission penalties […]

Federal database is missing about $1.1 billion worth of payments

A new federal database meant to increase financial transparency between the drug and device industry isn’t quite so transparent yet. The system is missing $1.1 billion worth of payments.

At least 9,000 payments had been formally disputed by doctors or hospitals before the launch this fall. So, they were not […]

Healthcare enrollment begins this weekend

Sign-up season for and state insurance marketplace begins this weekend.

Individuals or families can either sign up or renew their health insurance coverage for 2015 using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The program offers options for differing plans, as well as financial assistance for those who qualify.

The health insurance marketplaces […]

Appeals courts split on Affordable Care Act tax subsidies

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 36 states are not eligible for tax subsidies. A separate court upheld the system a few hours later, setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown.

After the rulings, the White House said that […]

Burwell begins role at Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell has assumed her duties as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Burwell, the White House budget director for the past year, was selected for the job after Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation in April.

Aside from heading up the Office of Management and […]

Health insurance can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act

When Ron Byzet was laid off as a government contractor for NASA after 33 years on the job, he also lost his health insurance. He wasn’t old enough for Medicare, but he knew he would qualify in a few years and thought he would make it.

Then, in February 2013, […]

Stroke survivors will benefit from healthcare law on World Stroke Day

This year alone, about 795,000 Americans will have a stroke. The health impact for stroke survivors can be shattering, while the financial impact can add to the difficulties for people who don’t have health insurance.

About 14 percent of stroke survivors are uninsured and more than one-third have been forced […]