After two failed attempts at getting HealthCare.gov to review health plan options, the site now appears to be working properly. On Dec. 2, I reported on the troubles I had accessing the new-and-improved HealthCare.gov. The Obama administration said Dec. 3 more than 1 million people accessed the site the previous day and that it was stable for users.
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After a glowing news conference Dec. 1 citing "night and day" progress on HealthCare.gov, I decided to log in the next morning and take the Web site for a test drive, as I'm sure many others are doing. Early reports had been promising. What I found was hardly encouraging 2014 long delays loading pages, an endless circle of tasks (some already completed) and ultimately an error message.
Senior senator's touting of the program doesn't sync with reality
LAS VEGAS — Throughout the media firestorm over the Affordable Care Act’s botched October rollout, nearly all attention has been on implementation failures of the Obama White House and the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
What’s received little mention, however, is the central role of Nevada's Harry Reid, majority leader of the U.S. Senate, in the crafting of the federal law at the root of all the national turmoil.
That legislation is now seen by opponents of Obamacare as the gift that keeps on giving — presenting them, many believe, with an increasingly good chance of the law’s ultimate repeal, whether in essence or in fact.
Nevadans’ personal information must risk ‘back end’ of Obamacare system of systems
LAS VEGAS — If you sign up for Obamacare through Nevada’s state-based health insurance exchange, is — or is not — your private financial information at risk?
To hear Jon Hager tell it, there’s no risk at all.
Hager is executive director of the state exchange — officially, the “Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.” Last Friday, on the KSNV television program Ralston Reports, he was asked by host Jon Ralston about data security.
Affordable Care Act's out-of-pocket costs unlikely to be thought 'affordable'
Media reports about the Affordable Care Act have been dominated by two themes lately: The ongoing glitches with Healthcare.gov and the "rate shock" that some consumers now face after insurance companies canceled their policies.
But come January, a second rate shock may hit and could produce more bad news for Obamacare.
'We were confident that this would all be straightened out. But it wasn't.'
San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are "cradle Democrats." They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama's re-election.
New study: Average Obamacare insurance premium for Silver State
residents will be 179 percent higher than residents’ present rates
LAS VEGAS — The vast majority of Americans are facing higher costs for their individual health-insurance premiums, unless — as more and more are demanding — Obamacare itself goes under the knife.
But today it’s Nevadans, on average, who are facing the steepest increases.
That’s one of the key findings of what is being billed as the most comprehensive analysis yet conducted of premiums facing people who shop for their own coverage under the so-called Affordable Care Act.
Sticker shock often follows insurance cancellation
MIAMI (AP) — Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.
But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn't cover certain benefits required under the law
Obama administration may have broken federal data-security laws to launch on Oct. 1
LAS VEGAS — It’s official: Any personal data you give to the State of Nevada’s Obamacare website may be at risk from potential hackers and other security problems.
As Associated Press reporter Sandra Chereb reported in September, the state exchange website — “Nevada Health Link” — must synchronize your input with Obamacare’s federal “hub,” to access your personal data at the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Earlier today, however, AP reported that an “internal government memo” it had obtained revealed that administration officials were concerned that inadequate testing posed a “‘high’ security risk for President Barack Obama's new health insurance website.”
Public health care subsidies crowd out private insurance, reduce job-seeking
LAS VEGAS — The Obamacare-linked expansion of Medicaid in Nevada that Gov. Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers pushed into Nevada law this year is likely to reduce Silver State employment, suggests a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
A trio of scholars — Craig Garthwaite of Northwestern University, Tal Gross of Columbia University and Matthew J. Notowidigdo of the University of Chicago — examined the job-seeking behavior of individuals demographically similar to those Nevadans who will become eligible under the Sandoval-led Medicaid expansion for new taxpayer-supported medical subsidies and services.
Specifically, the individuals examined by the NBER study were participants in TennCare, the Tennessee Medicaid program, in the early years of this century.