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Today's early morning highlights from the major new organizations, including reports about healthcare.gov's status, the challenges that lie ahead and the concerns being expressed by consumers and insurers.
Insurance marketplace malfunctions have left some eager consumers in limbo as deadline to enroll nears. "I'm praying to God," one says.
Dismal enrollment numbers in October spark cry for action.
The insurer has been notifying members about the network changes as the Dec. 7 deadline for choosing coverage for next year quickly approaches.
Obama administration officials announced Sunday morning that they had met their deadline in terms of making improvements to healthcare.gov.
One out of every six dollars Medicare spent in the traditional fee-for-service program went to nursing and therapy for patients in rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, long-term care hospitals and in their own homes.
One out of every five dollars Medicare spends goes to nursing homes, home health services or other post-acute facilities and services. The spending varies greatly between states: Louisiana spends 31 percent on post-acute services while Hawaii spends 12 percent.
Administration officials say the enrollment site has improved significantly but acknowledge that the work will continue past today's deadline.
HHS says the SHOP online portal now won't be available until Nov. 2014.
The program helps reinforce the importance of health care for shelter residents and their children.
State Highlights: S.C. Clinic A Model For Free Care; Mont. Doctor's Push To Treat Mine Workers Sickened By Asbestos; Fast Food Consumption in Calif. Kids
A selection of health policy stories from South Carolina, Montana and California.
Doctors Tell White House About Their Health Law Concerns; New Insurance Regulations Raise Some Flags
At a meeting Tuesday, physician groups said they are worried that insurance plans on the health care website offer only limited networks of providers and cut reimbursement rates for doctors. Also, regulations released this week come under scrutiny.
Lawmakers are being urged by their respective parties to publicize constituents' experiences with Obamacare -- horror stories, in the case of Republicans, and success stories showing the law "delivering on its promise" for Democrats. Meanwhile, a CNN/ORC poll shows that Democrats have lost their post-government shutdown lead among registered voters in a generic ballot.
Health insurance exchanges in Pennsylvania, South Dakota, California and Oregon make news.
The justices accepted a pair of cases that raise questions not just about religious freedom and equality for female employees, but whether the religious beliefs of the owners of secular corporations allows them to not comply with a law.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that healthcare.gov is "improved every day." But the administration delayed a big marketing campaign planned for December and is asking allies to hold back their enrollment pushes to avoid a crush of new users.
Issues in the health care marketplace make news: Private health care exchanges, not the ones associated with the health law, are becoming more prominent. In addition, health care costs for large businesses in Los Angeles rise 4.5 percent.
Viewpoints: SCOTUS Should Support Contraception Mandate; Our Brains 'Not Wired' For Obamacare; President's Personality Impairs Law's Success
A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.
Longer Looks: Providing Dental Care In Rural Alaska; The After-Effects Of The ICU; Cure For Allergies
This week's articles come from Health Affairs, The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Weekly Standard.
Today's headlines from major new organizations, including several previewing how the online health insurance website is expected to work after the Obama administration's deadline this weekend for fixes.