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(Reuters) The Obama administration on Monday said people hoping to enroll in health coverage for March 1 may have trouble ...
(Washington Post) For the second time in a year, the Obama administration is giving certain employers extra time before they must offer health insurance to almost all their full-time workers. Under new rules announced Monday by Treasury Department officials, employers with 50 to 99 workers will be given until 2016 — two years longer than originally envisioned under the Affordable Care Act — before they risk a federal penalty for not complying.
(Kaiser Health News) For nearly 3 million Americans, subsidies don’t kick in until they’ve paid up to 9.5% of their income toward premiums.
(AP) Trying to sell young adults on the idea of health insurance before an upcoming deadline, Illinois officials announced Monday they are launching an ad campaign with the satirical online newspaper The Onion. Banner ads on The Onion website will depict a toy action figure with the words: "Man without health insurance is forced to sell action figures to pay medical bills." The ads say: "Get Covered. Don't sell your action figures."
(Kaiser Health News) In Georgia, some navigator events were canceled after health law opponents held a protest at one and posted other events on its website, urging more protests. In South Dakota, meanwhile, a lawmaker introduced a bill to require state registration and background checks of the insurance guides. And a New Hampshire hospital that was excluded from Anthem's network is in the news because it is challenging that decision.
(Kaiser Health News) Being allowed to purchase a family policy is tougher in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.
(Reuters) The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an effort to keep insurers from denying coverage to people with HIV/AIDS, may strengthen its position on health plans accepting third-party payments, such as those under the 1990 Ryan White Act. Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and interpretation of rules about preventing Obamacare fraud, Reuters reported on Saturday.
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White House: Expanding Medicaid helps Latinos
(McClatchy) A new White House administration report presses states to expand Medicaid coverage in order to help Latino residents. The new report finds that one in four uninsured people eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace are Latino.
(ThinkProgress) Arkansas’ plan to expand Medicaid is currently on the chopping block, thanks to two key Republicans who say they oppose the policy. The state’s expansion won federal approval last fall, and the upcoming political fight will have tangible consequences for the tens of thousands of people who have already signed up for health care. If lawmakers don’t re-approve the Medicaid expansion during this fiscal session, those individuals will lose their new health plans by the end of June.

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