In Illinois, nearly half of the roughly 314,000 people who bought Obamacare health insurance coverage last year did so with the help of a federal subsidy. Nationwide, the tally is higher: on average 57 percent of the 10.3 million people with such a plan, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. President Donald Trump announced […]
House Republicans just passed their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, a plan that reduces taxes but puts millions at risk of losing their health insurance, including people with preexisting conditions, older Americans, and the poor. The vote on Thursday was close — 217 in favor of the bill and 213 against — and split […]
The U.S. House of Representatives had been scheduled to vote Friday afternoon on the American Health Care Act, a bill that would have repealed and replaced large swaths of Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump agreed to pull the bill at the last minute because they didn’t have enough votes to pass […]
Please see the below message from Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59pm PST December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the […]
June 30 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s health-care law, ruling that closely held companies can refuse on religious grounds to offer birth- control coverage to their workers. Voting 5-4, the justices today said family-run businesses including the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. can claim a religious […]
CMS and HHS announced an extension for COBRA beneficiaries to enroll into Federal and State Exchanges up until July 1st.
Date: May 2, 2014 Subject: Special Enrollment Periods and Hardship Exemptions for Persons Meeting Certain Criteria This guidance provides information related to three types of special enrollment periods (SEPs) for persons seeking to enroll in qualified health plans (QHPs) through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) are encouraged to adopt similar special enrollment periods. […]
BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois members who purchased Qualified Health Plans through Get Covered Illinois or directly through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) now have the ability to change policies through March 31, 2014 (the end of Open Enrollment). Policy changes are allowed only if: The member feels that their current provider […]
March 5 (Bloomberg) — Americans who kept their health plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare requirements will be able to renew those policies for two more years, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Obama administration, which has been deliberating the issue since November, is expected to announce today the extension of the […]
The White House has decided to allow an extra 24 hours for people to sign up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, through the end of the day Tuesday, to receive coverage beginning on Jan. 1, according to a senior official familiar with the change. The official deadline for getting insurance remains 11:59 p.m. on Monday. But […]
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois announced today that BCBSIL individual policyholders will be allowed to keep their existing policies.