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News Briefing for Friday, December 19

HEALTHCARE: Surprise: Insurers Extend Another Obamacare Deadline, Costs to Spike in 2016 The law. It's working, you guys. It's working so well that one entire year into its full implementation, insurers feel compelled to extend yet another alleged deadline because the so-called 'back end' of the program's website is still a hot mess.  That big "re-branding" campaign can't come soon enough, in order to allow supporters to keep on highlighting Obamacare's unparalleled success: “Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time ...

News Briefing for Friday, December 5, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Healthcare.gov average premiums increasing in 2015 “Obama officials say the average prices for healthcare coverage on Healthcare.gov will increase in 2015, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services says customers purchasing the lowest cost "silver" plans, which are the most popular type of plans in the states using the federal exchanges, should see an average increase of five percent. The second-lowest cost "silver" plans, meanwhile, are expected to only increase in cost by two percent, on average. HHS is urging customers to shop around, claiming that more than seven in 10 can find lower ...

News Briefing for Thursday, September 18

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   Obamacare's Next Open Enrollment Starts In Two Months - And It Will Be Awful http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/09/17/obamacares-next-open-enrollment-starts-in-two-months-and-it-will-be-awful/   With New Health Law, Shopping Around Can Be Crucial “If you bought health insurance at an Affordable Care Act marketplace this year, it really pays to look around before renewing your coverage for next year. The system is set up to encourage people to renew the policies that they bought last year — and there are clear advantages to doing so, ...