Even More Time For ObamaCare Customers To Pay Premiums

By Bruce Japsen A parade of health insurance companies this week once again extended the ability of new enrollees to pay their first month’s premium until later this month for those who signed up for individual policies under the Affordable Care Act. Read more…
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Insurers push Obamacare payment deadline to late January

By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some top U.S. health insurers are giving consumers more time to pay their Obamacare premiums, extending the deadline to the end of January for benefits that begin retroactively from January 1. Read more…
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Congress raises pension premiums employers pay to PBGC

By Jerry Geisel The last major congressional legislative action of 2013 will mean billions of dollars in additional — and some say unnecessary — insurance premiums employers will have to pay to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Read more…
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Obama Repeals ObamaCare

It seems Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said “we have to pass” ObamaCare to “find out what’s in it.” No one may ever know because the White House keeps treating the Affordable Care Act’s text as a mere suggestion subject to day-to-day revision. Its
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Health Insurers Extend Deadline for First Premiums

By Reed Abelson Insurance companies, worried about potential chaos next month as people begin seeking coverage under the federal health care law without completing the necessary paperwork, have agreed to give consumers an extra 10 days to pay their first-month premiums, according to a
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Idaho antitrust case puts healthcare pricing ‘trade secrets’ in spotlight

By Joe Carlson A nationally watched case in Idaho is casting light on a familiar irony in healthcare antitrust enforcement: Prices are officially considered proprietary trade secrets, even though it is the risk of rising prices that motivates the need for action. Read more…
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The Numbers Behind “Young Invincibles” and the Affordable Care Act

Larry Levitt, Gary Claxton and Anthony Damico As enrollment statistics in the new health insurance marketplaces start to become available, there is a growing focus on whether the enrollment of so-called “young invincibles” will be sufficient to keep insurance markets stable. Enrollmen
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ObamaCare’s Troubles Are Only Beginning

By Michael J. Boskin The White House is claiming that the Healthcare.gov website is mostly fixed, that the millions of Americans whose health plans were canceled thanks to government rules may be able to keep them for another year, and that in any event these people will get better pl
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Drug-Cost Surprises Lurk Inside New Health Plans

By Melinda Beck Americans with chronic illnesses—who are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the health law—face widely varying out-of-pocket drug costs that could be obscured on the new insurance exchanges. Read more…
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For Small Businesses, a Hidden Tax in Health Care?

By Sarah E. Needleman When Patrick Norris renews his small business’s health-care plan in March, he’ll need to switch to a costlier plan that complies with the Affordable Care Act. But that isn’t the only reason why Mr. Norris, co-owner of a manufacturing company in
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