Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The […]

11/14/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

Low numbers on Covered California

California’s health insurance exchange led the nation in enrollments the first month of operation. But the numbers are still far below the ultimate goal. Penny and Phil spoke with Russ Britt, the L-A Bureau Chief […]

11/14/2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius applauds as she announces easier access to mental health care during an address at former First Lady Rosalynn Carter's 29th annual mental health policy symposium at the Carter Center on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

New rule demands parity for mental health coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s final: Health insurance companies must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases. The Obama administration issued new regulations Friday that spell out how a 5-year-old mental […]

11/08/2013

President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Obama says he’s sorry Americans losing insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for […]

11/07/2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, prior to testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite)

Canceled policies could be a plus for new markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance cancellations are fueling a political backlash against President Barack Obama and Democrats supporting his health care overhaul, but they may be a silver lining for the law itself. It’s Economics 101, […]

11/07/2013

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 photo, Jill Morin, right, poses for photos with her son Kyle at their home in Raleigh, N.C.  Morin suffers from a serious heart condition and suffered a cardiac arrest in 2009. Morin and hundreds of thousands of other people with preexisting chronic conditions who are covered through high risk insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year’s end. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Health law clock is ticking for sickest patients

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With federal and state online health care marketplaces experiencing glitches a month into implementation, concern is mounting for a vulnerable group of people who were supposed to be among the health […]

11/06/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

The promise of ” Obamacare “

For months the president said,”If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Now, he is asking insurance companies to explain cancellation letters. Phil and Penny discussed this with Russ Britt, the L-A Bureau […]

11/06/2013

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Lawmakers push to keep Obama’s health care pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama’s long-ago pledge that anyone liking their […]

11/05/2013

In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama promises to “smooth out” health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing sympathy for Americans who are getting kicked off their health insurance plans, but says they were often getting “a very bad deal.” Obama says his health care […]

11/04/2013

Martin Kaplan, a professor USC's Norman Lear Center. (AP Photo/University of Southern California, Kim Manresa).

Hollywood targeted to give health care law a boost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The health care overhaul might get a Hollywood rewrite. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama’s signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant […]

11/04/2013

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