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Can Burwell Avoid the Sebelius Trap?

April 14, 2014 Kathleen Sebelius had the focus and even keel the White House needed in a Health and Human Services secretary, but not necessarily the behind-the-scenes management skills. And that's what HHS needs most from her successor. Particularly in her public appearances and her work with the states, Sebelius channeled the administration's ...

President Obama Officially Nominates Budget Chief as Next HHS Secretary

April 11, 2014 President Obama took another health care victory lap Friday while announcing the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Obama praised Sebelius in a Rose Garden address, as he formally nominated budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next HHS secretary. Sebelius led HHS through the implementation ...

HHS Secretary to be Replaced by OMB Chief

April 10, 2014 Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Health and Human Services secretary in the wake of the disastrous HealthCare.gov launch, a senior administration official confirmed Thursday. President Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House budget office, to lead HHS. Obama had resisted earlier calls to fire someone ...

Obamacare Clears 7 Million Sign-Ups

April 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 7 million people have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare's exchanges, thanks to a surge during Monday's enrollment deadline, the White House confirmed. "I think it would be fair to say we surpassed everyone's expectations," Press Secretary Jay Carney said during Tuesday's press briefing. Clearing 7 million ...

More Glitches Hit Obamacare Site on Sign-Up Deadline

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technical glitches took HealthCare.gov offline for a while on Monday—the last day to sign up for coverage through Obamacare's exchanges. The site was back up and running mid afternoon, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said. Around noon, a technical glitch prevented users from creating new accounts, and the ...

Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 6 million people have picked an Obamacare plan, the White House said Thursday. Clearing the 6 million mark is a major victory for the administration, substantively and politically. Sign-ups have surged ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline, making up most of the ground lost to the rocky ...

HealthCare.gov Bugs and 16 Other Ways to Qualify for an Obamacare Extension

March 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The deadline to enroll in Obamacare is March 31--unless you're in the hospital. Or there's a natural disaster near you. Or you experienced basically any problem with HealthCare.gov. Late Tuesday night, the Obama administration announced that it was giving some consumers more time to sign up for health insurance. While ...

White House: Sequester No Longer Applies to Part of Obamacare

March 13, 2014 The Obama administration has decided that the sequester's mandatory spending cuts no longer apply to part of Obamacare. The health care law provides subsidies to help low-income people cover some of their out-of-pocket costs. Last year, the administration said those subsidies were taking a 7 percent cut because of the ...

The Obamacare Enrollment Crash Is Coming

February 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Obamacare's enrollment numbers are surging—for now. After a disastrous launch, the law's backers are breathing a sigh of relief as enrollees flock to its insurance exchanges. But the totals are built on a shaky foundation, and at some point soon, the exchange enrollment figures are going to fall, perhaps by ...

White House Delays Obamacare Mandate Again

February 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration announced further delays Monday in Obamacare's employer mandate—which has already been pushed back a full year. Administration officials said the latest delays are designed to give businesses more flexibility and a longer transition period to begin offering health insurance to their workers. The Affordable Care Act requires ...