Obamacare enrollment deadline looms

Heathcare.govThis time, the Obamacare deadlines actually mean something. New and returning enrollees have until late Monday to sign up for health insurance on the federal online exchange and be covered by Jan. 1 – a hard deadline and stark turnaround from last year, when glitches on HealthCare.gov blurred pre-Christmas deadlines. Instead of fretting over a website,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Medicare To No Longer Cover Penis Pumps, Saving $444 Million


Men who can't afford the little blue pill often turned to penis pumps which were covered by the federal government.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Men who can’t afford the little blue pill often turned to penis pumps which were covered by the federal government.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Medicare may soon be prohibited from spending money on vacuum pumps that treat erectile dysfunction in the coming years — an effort that could save up to $444 million but might upset those who can’t afford drugs like Viagra to treat their condition. The plan of cutting coverage of the pumps was proposed to help offset… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Obamacare approval hits new low – 37 percent – in survey


Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they approve of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while 56 percent disapprove, according to a new Gallup poll. The 37 percent approval rating is 1 percentage point below the previous low from Gallup in January. Approval of the law is largely split along party lines; 74 percent of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Online Help for New Jersey’s Uninsured, Just in Time for Open Enrollment


2152Uninsured New Jerseyans will have a new tool to help them buy health insurance this fall, just in time for the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, a website geared to connecting them with people and resources that can make it easier to sign up for coverage. The New Jersey for Health Care coalition, which… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Obama, Obama Administration, ObamaCare | Tags: , | Comments Off

Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

The Monkey Court (MMM Watermark) GIFThose planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased – after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Frank Pallone, Health Care, News, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Chris Christie is lone GOP presidential prospect to expand Medicaid

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare puts him alone among Republican governors vying for the 2016 presidential nomination, and could come back to haunt him among primary voters. Some of his potential rivals who are also governors have sought ways to leverage federal money, and others have spurned the Medicaid expansion…

Posted: August 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Jerseyans Find It Hard to Find Doctors Who Accept Their Insurance

New Jerseyans Find It Hard to Find Doctors Who Accept Their Insurance (via NJSpotlight)

New Jersey residents are more than four times as likely as the national average to have difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their health insurance, according to a new Rutgers University report. Of state residents between the ages of 18 and 64, 14…

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Posted: April 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Christie: President is putting off ‘bad’ parts of Obamacare ‘until he’s almost out the door’

Christie: President is putting off ‘bad’ parts of Obamacare ‘until he’s almost out the door’ (via NJ.com)

FRANKLIN — Gov. Chris Christie today said he did not yet know how President Obama’s health care overhaul would ultimately affect New Jersey because the president kept delaying the law’s most detrimental aspects. “What effect it will have is very hard…

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Posted: April 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Obama, Obama Administration, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Sebelius: Enroll in ObamaCare by March 31, or you’re out of luck till next year

U.S. HHS Secty Kathleen Sebelius speaking on Montclair State University. State Senator Nia Gill in background.  copyright Gallco Media, LLC

U.S. HHS Secty Kathleen Sebelius speaking on Montclair State University. State Senator Nia Gill in background. copyright Gallco Media, LLC

If you don’t have heath insurance, you won’t have it this year unless you sign up at heathcare.gov by midnight on March 31, according to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Speaking at a press conference at Montclair State University this morning to promote the Affordable Healthcare Act to young people, Sebelius said that the government does not plan to extend the March 31 enrollment deadline for the individual market.  Those who fail to enroll by the 31st will have to wait to enroll for health insurance until November and coverage will not take effect until 2015.   The penalty in 2014 for failure to have health insurance is $95 or 1% of your income.

Sebelius said the heathcare.gov website is working well and that security concerns have been addressed.

UPDATE:

Montclair State University has released a video of Sebelius’s press conference.  The Secretary answers MMM’s Art Gallagher’s questions starting at the 27:41 mark.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: ObamaCare | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

What would you ask Kathleen Sebelius if you had the chance?

SebeliusU.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to hold a press conference to kick off Enrollment Week ahead of the March 31 Affordable Healthcare Act sign up deadline Monday morning at Montclair State University.

MMM has been invited and Art Gallagher will attend.

What would you like Art to ask the Secretary if he’s lucking enough to be called on?  Leave your questions in the comments, please.

MMM will be live-streaming the press conference  at 10:30am Monday morning.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , | 9 Comments »