Julie Rovner http://wwno.org en GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags http://wwno.org/post/gop-strategy-run-against-health-law-hits-snags Last year, the Republican playbook for keeping control of the House of Representatives in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare.<p>But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy isn't looking quite so simple. Democrats are fighting back. Thu, 22 May 2014 12:49:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 61169 at http://wwno.org HealthCare.Gov Looks Like A Bargain Compared With State Exchanges http://wwno.org/post/healthcaregov-looks-bargain-compared-state-exchanges Sometimes there really are economies of scale. And the nation's health insurance exchanges may be a case in point.<p>As rocky as the rollout of <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> was, the federal exchange was relatively efficient in signing up enrollees. Each one cost an average of $647 in federal tax dollars, an analysis finds. Thu, 08 May 2014 22:44:55 +0000 Julie Rovner 60369 at http://wwno.org Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While http://wwno.org/post/obamacare-success-we-might-not-know-while After months of focusing on how many people have or haven't signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we now have a rough total (7.5 million), and everyone's keen to get to the bigger questions: How well is the law working? How many of those who signed up have paid their premiums and are actually getting coverage? How many were uninsured before they signed up? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 58614 at http://wwno.org Lessons Learned For 2015 From This Year's Obamacare Sign-Ups http://wwno.org/post/lessons-learned-2015-years-obamacare-sign-ups President Obama was thrilled last week when he was able to announce that more than 7 million people have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>"This law is doing what it's supposed to do," the president <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/01/remarks-president-affordable-care-act">said in the Rose Garden</a>. "It's working."<p>But that's not to say it couldn't work better. Among those suggesting ways to help is the consumer group <a href="http://familiesusa.org/">Families USA</a>. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 58062 at http://wwno.org As Healthcare Deadline Approaches, Some Choose Not To Sign Up http://wwno.org/post/healthcare-deadline-approaches-some-choose-not-sign Today is the last day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. Glitches in the Healthcare.gov website were a major obstacle to signing up.<p>Lately, it&#8217;s been running smoothly, handling a major uptick in visitors in recent weeks. Although, it did experience some glitches this morning due to heavy traffic.<p>But technical malfunction has hardly been the only thing stopping people from getting in on the plan.<p>Millions of Americans are simply refusing. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:20:22 +0000 Julie Rovner 57432 at http://wwno.org Glitches Return To HealthCare.Gov As Enrollment Clock Expires http://wwno.org/post/glitches-return-healthcaregov-enrollment-clock-expires The last day of sign-ups for health insurance on the HealthCare.gov website is turning out to have a lot in common with the first: lots of computer problems.<p>But there are some big differences, too. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:47:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 57394 at http://wwno.org Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More http://wwno.org/post/obamacares-national-enrollment-looks-ok-states-matter-more With this year's deadline to register for individual health insurance just a weekend away, much attention is being lavished on two numbers — the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295311611/obamacare-enrollment-exceeds-6-million">6 million Americans</a> who have signed up so far, and the percentage of those folks who are (or aren't) young.<p>But experts say the<em> national</em> numbers actually don't mean very much.<p>"These are really state-based markets," says Caroline Pearson, vice president at <a href="http://avalerehealth.net/">Avalere Health</a>, a consulting firm b Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 57187 at http://wwno.org That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room http://wwno.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-now-comes-wiggle-room We're just five days away from the March 31 deadline to sign up for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For weeks, administration officials, including the president, have insisted that there would be no extensions to the scheduled end of the six-month open enrollment period.<p>But now there's some wiggle room. Let's review, shall we?<p><strong>Start with the key question: Is Monday still the deadline?</strong><p>Yes. Next Monday, March 31, is the last day for most individuals to sign up for health insurance for 2014 through the health exchanges or outside of them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 57059 at http://wwno.org Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms http://wwno.org/post/most-people-dont-know-health-insurance-deadline-looms Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.<p>Yet according to the <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-march-2014">latest monthly tracking poll</a> from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don't know that.<p>The survey, conducted between March 11 and 17<sup>th</sup>, found that 39 percent of the uninsured between ages 18 and 64 did know that March 31 is the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">deadline</a> to sign up Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 57020 at http://wwno.org Final Call For Questions On Health Insurance As Deadline Looms http://wwno.org/post/final-call-questions-health-insurance-deadline-looms There's just one week left for most people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And as people race to meet the deadline, they still have questions about the law, and the sign-up process.<p><strong>"Is there a deadline to enroll in a health plan?" asks Josephine Ilog of Manteca, Calif. "And what happens if a person misses that deadline?"</strong><p>The deadline for this open enrollment period is next <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">Monday, March 31</a>. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 56851 at http://wwno.org