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Is Your State Quarantining Ebola Doctors?

October 31, 2014 As doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals return to the U.S. from fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, they're facing a messy and inconsistent patchwork of rules about where they can go and what they can do. Some health care workers will be placed in a tightly controlled ...

HHS Debuts New and Improved HealthCare.gov -- The 'Back' Button Now Works

October 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal health officials say they've reconfigured and rebuilt the Obamacare enrollment website to avoid a repeat of last year's disastrous launch. HealthCare.gov did not work at all for nearly half of the first open-enrollment window, and it was also saddled with weird, cumbersome processes that made it a pain to ...

Obamacare Hasn’t Driven Up Employers' Health Care Premiums

September 10, 2014 Employer-based health care—the system that serves about half of all Americans—is seeing modest premium increases, but employers are passing more and more costs on to their workers. The average premium for employer-based coverage rose by 3 percent this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of the employer ...

The Cities Where Obamacare Plans Are Getting Cheaper

September 5, 2014 Obamacare premiums will barely change next year in some of America's biggest cities, but consumers are still at risk for big price increases if they're not willing to change plans. Because of the way the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies are structured, people who signed up for coverage this year ...

American Aid Worker Contracts Ebola

September 2, 2014 An American aid worker in West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, his organization announced Tuesday. SIM USA said the doctor immediately quarantined himself once he began to show symptoms of Ebola and is "in good spirits" in the organization's Ebola isolation unit. The doctor was working in SIM's hospital ...

An Ebola Vaccine May Be on the Way

August 28, 2014 Government scientists will begin human trials next week on a possible Ebola vaccine, after taking "extraordinary measures" to develop the drug quickly. The vaccine has performed "extremely well" in animal tests, said Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health's infectious diseases unit. It's designed to inoculate patients ...

Democrats Are (Slowly) Learning to Love Obamacare

August 26, 2014 Democrats won't be mounting a big political offensive around the Affordable Care Act any time soon, but they're beginning to test the pro-Obamacare waters. Heading into the 2014 midterms, Republicans continue to hold a clear advantage in the politics of Obamacare. And even if the tide does ultimately shift for ...

How the White House Is Changing Obamacare to Comply With Hobby Lobby

August 22, 2014 The Obama administration released new plans Friday to soften Obamacare's contraception mandate in response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. Certain for-profit companies, like Hobby Lobby, will be able to avoid directly covering birth control, using the same "accommodation" available to employers like Catholic hospitals and universities. The Health ...

Two Americans Have Beaten Ebola, but We Don’t Know How

August 22, 2014 Two American aid workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa have been released from the hospital, and officials say they can return to their daily lives without fear of spreading the virus. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have both been released from Emory University Hospital, where they had been in ...

Obamacare Cases Move Toward SCOTUS

August 1, 2014 The latest round of anti-Obamacare lawsuits is inching closer to the Supreme Court. Both the federal government and its challengers filed appeals this week in cases involving the law's insurance subsidies. The challenges, if they succeed, would tear apart central provisionsof the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, the Justice Department ...