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 …

Survey: Most Buyers on Insurance Exchanges Were Uninsured

By Julie Appleby, KHN Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Nearly 6 in 10 Americans who bought insurance for this year through the health law’s online marketplaces were previously uninsured – most for at least two years, according to a new survey that looks at the experiences of those most affected by the law. That finding is higher than some earlier estimates and counters arguments made by critics of the law that most of those who purchased the new policies were previously insured. The survey also found that consumers …

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 …

Who Really Pays for Health Care? It’s Not Who You Think

By Jay Hancock, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Eight million Americans have signed up for private health insurance – much of it government subsidized – under the Affordable Care Act. Millions more obtained new coverage through Medicaid, the government-sponsored insurance program for low-income people. The full implementation of the law – along with its wider coverage, new taxes and shifting subsidies - has brought renewed discussions and debates over the winners and the losers in the new health care landscape. Here are …

7 noticias de impacto esta semana

Estas son las 7 noticias más impactantes de la semana. ¿Estás de acuerdo? Si no es así­ comparte tu opinión en los comentarios: 1. Corte de la ONU ordena a Japón detener la caza de ballenas: En un histórico fallo, la Corte Internacional de Justicia de las Naciones Unidas dictaminó el lunes de esta semana que Japón ya no puede continuar su cacerí­a anual de ballenas, rechazando el argumento del paí­s en el sentido de que era con propósitos cientí­ficos. Los fines del …

¿Obamacare le da un triunfo ‘vital’ a Obama?

Contra todos los pronósticos, la ley de salud de la administración Obama, conocida como Obamacare, cerró su plazo de registro la medianoche del pasado lunes con más de siete millones de personas inscritas. Terminó como comenzó: con problemas en el sitio web que impidieron que miles de personas se incorporaron a los mercados de seguros médicos para evitar las futuras multas contempladas en el programa. En parte, claro, porque como sucede habitualmente con todo plazo que vence, los usuarios esperaron …