Julie Rovner http://wfdd.org en That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room http://wfdd.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 21:12:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 10325 at http://wfdd.org That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room Health Law's Employer Mandate Hits Another Speed Bump http://wfdd.org/post/aca-employer-mandate-hits-another-speed-bump The Obama administration is, again, delaying implementation of a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide health insurance to their workers (or, potentially, face penalties). But this time it's not the entire "employer mandate" that's being delayed (<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/02/198128747/affordable-care-acts-employer-mandate-delayed">as it was in 2013</a>) — just part of it.<p>For most businesses affected by the law (firms with fewer than 50 workers are exempt), the employer provisions will go into effect, as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2015. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 9647 at http://wfdd.org Health Law's Employer Mandate Hits Another Speed Bump The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate http://wfdd.org/post/healthy-not-young-may-determine-health-laws-fate Now that the problems with the balky <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website are largely fixed, the Obama administration is finally feeling comfortable enough to launch some of the outreach it planned for last fall.<p>Its top target: young adults, specifically those between 18 and 35.<p>Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler and former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson are among the celebrity spokesmen. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 9421 at http://wfdd.org The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 http://wfdd.org/post/health-care-costs-grew-more-slowly-economy-2012 Health care spending grew at a record slow pace for the fourth straight year in 2012, according to a new government report. But the federal officials who compiled the report disagree with their bosses in the Obama administration about why.<p>The <a href="http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/33/1/67.abstract">annual report</a> from the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, published in the journal <em>Health Affairs</em>, found total U.S. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 9147 at http://wfdd.org Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over http://wfdd.org/post/healthcaregov-now-allows-window-shopping-and-do-over One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.<p>Federal officials said <a href="http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131203/IT/312030009/Obama-Healthcare-gov-now-working">more than 1 million users logged in on Monday</a>, and nearly that many on Tuesday.<p>But less attention has been paid to some other upgrades that are also making the site easier for people to use. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 8588 at http://wfdd.org HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over