October is the next signup for Obamacare, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers who risk losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016. There’s an estimated 1.8 million households that got subsidies for their premiums last year but failed to file a 2014 tax return as required by the law, or left out key IRS paperwork.
The Obama Administration gave the latest no-bid Obamacare website contract to a company that developed the complex voter-tracking computer strategies that led Obama to victory in 2012. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services, recently fired Obamacare website contractor CGI Federal after the botched website rollout that began in October — though CGI Federal still holds five major tech contracts with CMS that are valid for at least another year.
Sen. Tom Coburn says he’s in favor of federal health officials’ plans to stop illegal immigrants from collecting Medicare-related benefits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to block illegal immigrants from collecting benefits through Medicare’s prescription drug program or enrolling in the service’s Advantage plans.
On Sunday a data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout.