Now that the Obamacare Open Enrollment Period is
behind us, the last couple of weeks have been filled
numerous articles. Below you’ll find a roundup of
the most important articles so far this month.

Data on Health Law Shows Largest Drop in Uninsured in 4 Decades, the U.S. Says
March 17, 2015

The Obama administration said on Monday that 16.4 million uninsured people had gained health coverage since major provisions of the Affordable Care Act began to take effect in 2010, driving the largest reduction in the number of uninsured in about 40 years.”

U.S. Health-Care Spending Probably Jumped 5 Percent in 2014  National Health Expenditures rising
March 17, 2015

American health-care spending likely snapped a five-year streak of historically slow growth last year, according to an analysis of new federal data by private economists at the Altarum Institute.”

Obamacare: Agents Signed Up 43% of New California Enrollment
March 10, 2015

California fell short of its second-year enrollment goal for Obamacare, but don’t blame insurance agents. They accounted for 43% of new enrollment in Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.”

Small Group Market Expansion: The Next ACA Delay?
March 10, 2015

HHS is considering yet another Obamacare delay, this time of the law’s 2016 expansion of the small group market.”

The Boss May Be Able To Force You To Buy Company Insurance
March 10, 2015

Under the health law, large employers that don’t offer their full-time workers comprehensive, affordable health insurance face a fine. But some employers are taking it a step further and requiring workers to buy the company insurance, whether they want it or not. Many workers may have no choice but to comply.”

HHS Secretary: Supreme Court Ruling Against Obamacare Would Harm Millions
March 10, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday rebuked critics who want the Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare’s subsidies in much of the country, saying such a ruling would harm millions of Americans who “need, want and like” their health coverage.”

Covered California Takes Steps To Improve 2016 Rx Drug Coverage
March 10, 2015

Covered California is taking steps to finalize prescription drug benefits for its 2016 health plans, Capital Public Radio’s “KXJZ News” reports.

Obamacare’s Projected Cost Falls Due to Lower Premiums Under Health Care Law, CBO Says
March 10, 2015

The estimated cost of President Obama’s signature health care law is continuing to fall.”

Slightly More Latinos and African American Sign Up On California Exchange
March 10, 2015

The percentage of Latinos and African Americans who signed up for subsidized health coverage through California’s insurance exchange increased modestly during the second annual open enrollment period, officials announced Thursday.”

New Federal Rule Will Extend Medical Leave Rights To Same-Sex Couples In All States
March 10, 2015

Starting March 27, legally married same-sex couples will be able to take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick family members even if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage.”

Covered California Enrollment Numbers Hit 1.4 Million, Lower Than Target
March 10, 2015

Nearly 500,000 new consumers signed up for insurance and picked a health plan through Covered California through Feb. 22, executive director Peter Lee announced at the exchange board meeting Thursday.”

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