Julie Rovner http://wmuk.org en Health Law's Employer Mandate Hits Another Speed Bump http://wmuk.org/post/aca-employer-mandate-hits-another-speed-bump The Obama administration is, again, delaying implementation of a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide health insurance to their workers (or, potentially, face penalties). But this time it's not the entire "employer mandate" that's being delayed (<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/02/198128747/affordable-care-acts-employer-mandate-delayed">as it was in 2013</a>) — just part of it.<p>For most businesses affected by the law (firms with fewer than 50 workers are exempt), the employer provisions will go into effect, as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2015. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 12245 at http://wmuk.org Health Law's Employer Mandate Hits Another Speed Bump The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate http://wmuk.org/post/healthy-not-young-may-determine-health-laws-fate Now that the problems with the balky <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov</a> website are largely fixed, the Obama administration is finally feeling comfortable enough to launch some of the outreach it planned for last fall.<p>Its top target: young adults, specifically those between 18 and 35.<p>Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler and former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson are among the celebrity spokesmen. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 11926 at http://wmuk.org The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 http://wmuk.org/post/health-care-costs-grew-more-slowly-economy-2012 Health care spending grew at a record slow pace for the fourth straight year in 2012, according to a new government report. But the federal officials who compiled the report disagree with their bosses in the Obama administration about why.<p>The <a href="http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/33/1/67.abstract">annual report</a> from the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, published in the journal <em>Health Affairs</em>, found total U.S. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 11535 at http://wmuk.org Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012 HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over http://wmuk.org/post/healthcaregov-now-allows-window-shopping-and-do-over One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.<p>Federal officials said <a href="http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131203/IT/312030009/Obama-Healthcare-gov-now-working">more than 1 million users logged in on Monday</a>, and nearly that many on Tuesday.<p>But less attention has been paid to some other upgrades that are also making the site easier for people to use. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 10816 at http://wmuk.org HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk http://wmuk.org/post/aclu-sues-us-bishops-says-catholic-hospital-rules-put-women-risk The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to go directly to the source of its unhappiness with the way women are treated in Catholic hospitals. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 10737 at http://wmuk.org ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk