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The Affordable Care Act and Shrinking Enrollment

Posted on November 21, 2014  |  Permalink

Topics: Health Care Reform, Insurance, Exchanges, Individual Mandate, Patient Populations, Uninsured, Health Care Legislation, Politics and Policy

The Obama administration over the past seven months has continually revised the total number of U.S. residents who enrolled in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges during the first open enrollment period. The figure started at eight million in April and has fallen to 6.7 million as of yesterday. American Health Line rounds up a timeline of the revisions below.

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The Affordable Care Act and Shrinking Enrollment

Does the Smoother OEP2 Launch Signal a Successful Second Year of the ACA?

Posted on November 20, 2014  |  Permalink

Topics: Health Care Reform, Politics and Policy, Health Care Legislation

Compared with last year, round two of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act went smoothly.

As HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews said, HealthCare.gov is not perfect. However, it has functioned better in the first week of the second open enrollment period than it did for the first few months of the first round.

On the first day of the second open enrollment period -- which started Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15, 2015 -- about 100,000 U.S. residents submitted applications for coverage through HealthCare.gov.

The federal exchange's website this year is faster and equipped with a revamped site traffic overload detection system. As such, officials say the site appears to be handling its most basic functions.

However, some HealthCare.gov users did experience problems. For example, some consumers had issues logging into their accounts and verifying their identities through the site, though some of those issues were caused by human error, such as forgetting to reset passwords or using an incorrect email address to log in.

Despite those glitches, Burwell said "the vast majority of people coming to the site were able to get on and do what they had to do."

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Does the Smoother OEP2 Launch Signal a Successful Second Year of the ACA?

Will 'Grubergate' Affect the ACA?

Posted on November 18, 2014  |  Permalink

Topics: Politics and Policy, Health Care Reform, Legal Issues, Health Care Legislation

A string of recently unearthed comments made by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber -- who worked on the Affordable Care Act -- have caused quite a stir. While his comments have been heavily politicized, the real question is what effect, if any, could his remarks have on the law?

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Will 'Grubergate' Affect the ACA?