12:45 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration is admitting premiums for health-insurance plans sold on healthcare.gov will increase in 2015. Here's the AP:
Obama administration officials are acknowledging that HealthCare.gov premiums, on average, will go up next year.
But the same officials say most current customers can still save money if they are willing to shop around a competitive marketplace.
In a report released Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department says premiums for the most popular type of plan will go up an average of 5 percent in 35 states where the federal government is running the health insurance exchanges.
Read the whole report here.
7:04 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
These days, mentioning birth control and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the same sentence will likely draw some strong reactions. But a recent contractor inquiry by HHS for its National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland adds a new wrinkle.
7:18 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Nearly two months after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that her agency would create a new Chief Risk Officer (CRO) position to prevent a repeat of the Healthcare.gov debacle, the position is apparently still unfilled. HHS, however, has continued to solicit and award the very information technology (IT) contracts that the new CRO was intended to oversee.
3:03 PM, Oct 25, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
A week after THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported that the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov was using a copyrighted web script without attribution, the lines have been quietly added back to the code.
1:42 PM, Aug 8, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
News broke Wednesday that, even as the October 1 deadline for Obamacare "marketplaces" approaches, training requirements for Obamacare "navigators" were being scaled back by one-third.
12:02 PM, Aug 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a public effort to educate and train Americans about health insurance ahead of the implementation of parts of Obamacare this fall.
11:21 AM, Jul 13, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Here are two clips from yesterday’s House Budget Committee hearing on Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). In the first, Chairman Paul Ryan asks Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about her views on competition and choice:
4:43 PM, Apr 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While the possible government shutdown means most federal employees, from the National Park Service workers to those handling your tax returns at the IRS, won't be coming into work, some bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are going to keep punching the clock. At the department's website, HHS has posted its shutdown contingency plan for its employees. Here's the relevant part for the department's Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight:
4:48 PM, Mar 23, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Politico reports that the Obama administration’s pro-Obamacare Andy Griffith TV ad cost taxpayers $3.66 million, according to records obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. Actually, there were at least three such ads (here, here, and here), so it’s not clear whether this was the cost for one, or for the whole batch. In this ad, Griffith says, “That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!”
2:15 PM, Mar 5, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
According to Politico, President Obama will be forced to abandon his controversial nomination of Donald Berwick as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Politico reports that “Senate Democrats have given up on confirming Don Berwick as CMS administrator in the wake of a letter from 42 Republican senators opposing the nomination,” as “there's no way for Berwick to get the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.”
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