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Taxpayer Dollars Funding Drugs for Dead People

Medicare payments allowed up to 32 days after patients' deaths: report

(Newser) - Dead men don't wear plaid—and they don't pick up prescription drugs at the pharmacy. Yet Medicare has been paying for medicine for the deceased for up to 32 days after their deaths, the AP reports. A report out today from the Health and Human Services Department's... More »

30K Walmart Part-Timers to Lose Health Insurance

If they're not working an average of 30 hours or more a week, they won't be eligible

(Newser) - As of Jan. 1, Walmart will no longer offer 30,000 of its employees health insurance. Bloomberg notes that's about 2% of its workforce. The move comes as a reaction to the company's rising health care costs as far more of its employees and their families enrolled in... More »

Why Medical Patients Get Huge Surprise Bills

Out-of-network providers work on patients without their knowing it

(Newser) - Peter Drier's neck surgery bills didn't surprise him, even $133,000 from the anesthesiologist and $56,000 from his Manhattan hospital. But what was $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon"? Drier, a bank technology manager, had run into a growing US phenomenon known as "drive-by... More »

ObamaCare Set to Dump 115K From Rolls

They've failed to prove they're citizens or legal immigrants: officials

(Newser) - Some 115,000 people who haven't proven they're citizens or legal immigrants are due to lose their coverage under ObamaCare at the end of the month, the administration says. They were asked several times to provide documentation showing their eligibility but haven't done so, says a rep... More »

Why Are Employers Still Providing Health Insurance?

Hobby Lobby decision should push Congress to end practice, Jon Healey argues

(Newser) - The Hobby Lobby decision still looms large over the opinion pages today. The Wall Street Journal called it "an important vindication of religious liberty," while the New York Times complained that the justices gave "for-profit companies an unprecedented right to impose their religious views on employees."... More »

Way, Way Over Budget: ObamaCare Subsidies

And studies find that it's increased premiums

(Newser) - ObamaCare appears to be on pace to cost the federal government a lot more than it was counting on. So far, the government is on pace to sink $11 billion into subsidies for consumers who bought coverage on the federal insurance exchange, according to a new report from the Department... More »

Hordes of ObamaCare Users Told Info Doesn't Check Out

Officials 'double- and triple-check' provided subsidy data

(Newser) - The White House intends to double-check the documents of hundreds of thousands of ObamaCare users to confirm they qualify for health subsidies, having notified them over the last two weeks that "the information in your application doesn’t match what we found in other records." In fact, government... More »

US Quietly Earmarks Money for ObamaCare Insurers

It's a safety net to cover any losses; Republicans cry foul

(Newser) - ObamaCare just became a win-win proposition for insurance companies. Tucked into hundreds of pages of new rulings on the Affordable Care Act last week was a promise to pay insurers for any losses they incur by providing coverage on government exchanges, the LA Times reports. The Obama administration inserted the... More »

ObamaCare Signups Surge Past 7M Target

More than 7M poised to sign up as of yesterday

(Newser) - Experts didn't think the White House could reach a goal of 7 million ObamaCare signups as of yesterday—but it looks like their forecasts were wrong. Officials say the administration was on track to receive more than 7 million signups, in line with the original Congressional Budget Office target... More »

ObamaCare Site Suffers Day's 2nd Round of Glitches

Procrastinators flooding website on deadline day

(Newser) - As the clock ticked toward ObamaCare's midnight deadline, a second round of glitches hit HealthCare.gov today, this time blocking new users from applying. The site is now back up and running, Politico reports, but its "virtual waiting room was triggered," and the Obama administration reported that... More »

ObamaCare Hits 6M Milestone

White House has met its revised goal for end of enrollment

(Newser) - With the March 31 deadline for open enrollment approaching—or sort of approaching —the Obama administration said today that it has already hit its revised goal of getting 6 million people to sign up, reports the Washington Post . The original goal set by the Congressional Budget Office had been... More »

Screw ObamaCare, I Want My Dog's Insurance

Eric Wee says his dog gets far better health care than he does

(Newser) - When doctors found a bulge on Nelson's abdomen, they gave him an ultrasound and a CT scan, gave him a blood transfusion, and surgically removed the tumor, and insurance covered 90% of it, less a $500 deductible. And, as you've guessed by reading the headline, Nelson is a... More »

Millions Can Dodge ObamaCare Mandate: WSJ

Exemption was hidden in last week's announcement, newspaper says

(Newser) - Few noticed last week , but the White House just gave millions of Americans a two-year reprieve from having to buy health care—at least according to the Wall Street Journal . Buried in a seven-page bulletin , the Obama administration granted an exemption for anyone whose insurance was canceled and who says... More »

ObamaCare Sign-Ups Hit 4.2M

But reaching March goal of 6M looks unlikely

(Newser) - The Obama administration said today it's making steady progress on health care sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen with a sustained surge in consumer demand, but... More »

Under ObamaCare, My Mom Can't Get Her Cancer Drug

We can, and must, do better: Stephen Blackwood

(Newser) - Stephen Blackwood offers a wrenching indictment of ObamaCare in the Wall Street Journal : His mother, diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2005, "wouldn't still be here" without a shot she gets twice a month of Sandostatin, a drug that slows the disease. But in November, her health plan was... More »

Is the ObamaCare Labor Bombshell Good News?

Pundits divided on implications of CBO report

(Newser) - On the face of it, the Congressional Budget Office report saying ObamaCare could shrink the full-time workforce may sound bad—but some pundits weighing in suggest it could actually be beneficial. Here's a sampling of what they're saying:
  • To the editors of the New York Times , it's
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Quitting ObamaCare Takes Woman 6 Weeks

As Medicaid expansion makes headway

(Newser) - Signing up for ObamaCare wasn't easy for Missouri resident Lesli Hill, but getting off the program was a nightmare. When she found an individual insurance plan with better benefits, she tried unenrolling from ObamaCare and spent 6 weeks talking to operators, using online chat, and sending emails, Hill tells... More »

It's a Little Tricky Adding Baby to ObamaCare Plan

Computers don't allow that option yet

(Newser) - When parents covered by ObamaCare have a baby, they can tell their families, friends, and co-workers—but not the federal government. It seems the HealthCare.gov website doesn't provide that option at the moment, reports AP . Nor can participants report other life-changing circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, a change... More »

In 5 Days, ObamaCare Politics Will Change Forever

A Ron Johnson quote has Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas excited

(Newser) - Things will almost certainly go wrong on Jan. 1, when the health care people have been buying from ObamaCare exchanges actually kicks in. People who thought they were covered will find out they're not, or that their plan isn't what they thought it was. But it will also... More »

Surprise! ObamaCare Deadline Extended One Day

You now have until tomorrow to buy

(Newser) - Because people love nothing more than shopping on Christmas Eve, the Obama administration today extended by 24 hours the deadline to sign up for a health care plan that would kick in on the first of the year, CNN Money reports. The move is such a last-minute surprise that when... More »

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