Head of Connecticut Health Exchange to Lead Healthcare.gov

By Jeff Cohen, WNPR, and Diane Webber, Kaiser Health News This story is part of a partnership that includes WNPR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of healthcare.gov, the website that 36 states use to sell insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the administration announced Tuesday. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell tapped Counihan to lead the site as part of a revamped …

Just How Strong Did Healthcare.gov Finish?

By Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Obama administration officials predict that health insurance premiums will be stable next year despite concerns that not enough young and healthy people signed up through the online insurance exchanges. “The risk pool is fundamentally large and varied to support that kind of pricing … in every state,” said Mike Hash, the director of the Health and Human Services Department’s office of health reform. “We believe … premiums will be stable.” The upbeat …

Report: 3.3 Million Americans Enroll in Private ACA Health Plans

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans since October through the new online marketplaces created by the health law, with enrollment continuing to surge through January, an Obama administration report said Wednesday. But the number of young adults signing up continues to lag expectations, which could impact insurance premiums next year. Insurance industry officials have been closely watching the mix of customers to make sure they get …

Support for Obamacare Inches Upward

The Affordable Care Act has taken it on the chin recently, from its controversial role in the recent government shutdown to the website meltdown that came as the long-awaited health insurance marketplace opened on Oct. 1. Nonetheless, a new Gallup poll shows that public support for the law seems to be inching upward. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. Obamacare still has its share of critics. The Gallup survey finds that 50 percent of Americans generally disapprove of the …

Health Marketplace: Costs for Similar Plans Can Vary Widely

By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Consumers shopping in the new health insurance marketplaces will face a bewildering array of competing plans in some counties and sparse options in other places, with people in some areas of the country having to pay much more for the identical level of coverage than consumers elsewhere. A Kaiser Health News analysis of the 1,923 plans being sold on federally run online marketplaces found wide variations of price and availability. For instance, …

Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

By Nicole Duritz If you’re like Linda Tramel, from suburban St. Louis, you’ve probably been following the slow and sometimes confusing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s sometimes called. Although the majority of Americans are insured,  14% of the U.S. population are uninsured and will  have a new opportunity to purchase health insurance through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace allows consumers to shop, compare and purchase health insurance policies online. Tramel knows her family …