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Just as the November enrollment figures were released, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified Wednesday before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee where she was again grilled on the difficulties that have plagued the website.
Experts debate whether the administration can meet its target by March 31. Through November, 364,682 have chosen plans -- well off the 7 million target -- but officials say they are on track because they expect a surge of signups towards the end of the open enrollment period.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Department of Health and Human Services is illegally interfering with his panel's probe of the troubled launch of the federal website.
Large numbers of small entrepreneurs have not yet focused on the law, and their responses for employee coverage are expected to vary. Meanwhile, news outlets examine some of the issues around paying premiums and other insurance issues.
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A selection of editorials and opinions about the health law.
Problems with Minnesota's online health insurance exchange -- long wait times, technology problems and security issues -- are getting extra scrutiny as officials push to fix the website ahead of the new year when coverage is slated to begin for many.
Officials in California, Maryland, Illinois, Kansas and Georgia give status checks on their online health insurance exchanges. In the meantime, officials in Oregon are pressuring their website contractor, Oracle, to speed up fixes to the marketplace as insurers consider extending deadlines there.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to implement changes that would help shore up struggling hospitals that cater to low-income patients in New York City. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott refused Wednesday to say whether he still supports expanding Medicaid eligibility to poor Floridians.
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including ongoing coverage of the health law's implementation -- from details of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' Wednesday Capitol Hill appearance and more information about the most recent enrollment numbers to analysis of policy issues related to the overhaul.
New polls indicate that, even as the Obama administration hustles to fix healthcare.gov's troubles, the overhaul appears to be a drag on Americans' confidence in President Barack Obama.
The figures announced by federal officials show a sharp rise in the number of people signing up for insurance in November.
News outlets take a closer look at the circumstances around how members of Congress and their staffs are navigating getting health coverage on the DC insurance exchange -- and just who is required to do so and by when.
A coalition of AIDS organizations is asking the Obama administration to investigate whether some insurers are trying to discourage HIV-infected patients from enrolling in their policies by failing to cover some AIDS drugs or through what it called "egregious cost-sharing designs." Other stories explore the law's impact on African-Americans and small businesses.
As Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headed to Capitol Hill to testify, she announced several steps to address the healthcare.gov issues, including asking the department's inspector general to review the management decisions behind the rollout and pledging to implement his recommendations. Meanwhile, the president's choice to lead the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, appears headed for confirmation.
A selection of health policy stories from California, Wisconsin and Virginia.
More than 100,000 people in New York have signed up for coverage on the health insurance exchange -- most in private plans. In the meantime, a Maryland official expresses some doubt that fixes will be done to their exchange by a self-imposed deadline. Also, updates from exchanges in Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, Oregon, Wisconsin and Colorado.
News outlets examine the goals, numbers and challenges that continue to surround efforts to enroll new beneficiaries in health coverage either through the health law's new insurance marketplaces or Medicaid.
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A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
Federal officials approved much of Iowa's proposal to expand low-income health care, but refused to allow the state to charge premiums for those who earn less than the federal poverty level. Iowa becomes the second state after Arkansas to win such a waiver.
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