‘They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!': Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532869/They-no-idea-insurance-active-not-At-Virginia-hospitals-Obamacare-confusion-reigns-frustrated-patients-walk-out.html
Emergency Visits Seen Increasing With Health Law

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/health/access-to-health-care-may-increase-er-visits-study-suggests.html?src=twr&_r=1&

More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/02/mb-12-new-taxes-fees-youll-pay-obamacare-2014/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Poll: 59 percent report negative experience with ObamaCare

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/194289-poll-39-percent-report-positive-experience-with-obamacare-in

Insurance Customers Still Having Problems With MNsure

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/01/insurance-customers-still-having-problems-with-mnsure/

It’s official: Obamacare debuts with more canceled plans than enrollments

http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/01/its-official-obamacare-debuts-with-more-cancelled-plans-than-enrollments/

 

Source: Weekly Standard

The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks. Novitas Solutions is the federal government’s new Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.)  ABC-KTRK in Houston reports:

According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven’t been paid in nearly a month.

“I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills. Not getting paid is wow,” nearby resident Theresa Gutierrez said.

The hospital is strapped for cash not because its not making money, but because Leday says a new Medicare payment facilitator named Novitas Solutions is taking too way long to pay out Medicare claims to the hospital.

Leday says he’s owed nearly $3 million in payments from Medicare and can’t make payroll…

The Texas Medical Association says they are familiar with complaints like this one regarding the medicare payment facilitator- and a representative told us smaller community hospitals like this one are in similar situations.

Source: United Liberty

It looks like Joe Wilson was right. Wilson, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina, gained instant notoriety when, in the middle of Obama’s September 9, 2009 State of the Union address, Wilson spontaneously yelled out “YOU LIE!” after listening to our Obfuscator-in-Chief drone on about the supposed glories of the new ObamaCare law. In retrospect, it was not that Wilson broke decorum with his outburst that he should be faulted for, but for his failure to specify which of the many Obama lies he was referring to.

Wilson’s accusation has just been given greater validity with the announcement thatObama has won PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” Award. PolitiFact is the Pulitzer-prize winning column of the Tampa Bay Times, which takes claims by politicians and other public figures and rates their truthfulness.

And there is not a lot of truthfulness in Obama’s claim that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” This wasn’t an unscripted, off-the-cuff comment that Obama could be excused for uttering in the heat of a partisan speech defending his health care reform law, but a claim made more than three dozen times, without caveats, without addendum, and without fine print. He said that if we like our doctors or health insurance plans, we can keep them, “PERIOD.”

Source: CBS

A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website’s launch, including one on Monday of this week, CBS News has learned.

Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the findings when she was interviewed Tuesday behind closed doors by House Oversight Committee officials. The security risks were not previously disclosed to members of Congress or the public. Obama administration officials have firmly insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responded to questions about the security findings in a statement that said, “in one case, what was initially flagged as a high finding was proven to be false. In the other case, we identified a piece of software code that needed to be fixed and that fix is now in place. Since that time, the feature has been fully mitigated and verified by an independent security assessment, per standard practice.”

 

Source: RT

The Obama administration announced that all individuals who suffered a cancellation of their health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act’s new requirements will be “temporarily” exempted from the individual mandate.

The announcement came Thursday evening, as the ACA continues to undergo revisions on the fly in response to criticism stemming from its troubled rollout. It also arrives shortly before the law’s December 23 deadline, which requires anyone wishing for their coverage to continue into 2014 uninterrupted to have a plan in place.

Under the new rules, Americans whose coverage was cancelled will qualify for the individual mandate’s “hardship exemption.” This means they can either purchase cheaper catastrophic insurance plans that are otherwise only available to those under the age of 30, or they can decline to purchase insurance altogether.

Source: KGW

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.

The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday

Source: Weekly Standard

The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000,” said the news anchor.

“This came to light at last night’s board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers,” says the other anchor.

Source: Daily Caller

“Congress should repeal Obamacare in its entirety,” Cruz wrote. “Until it is able to do so, however, courts should vindicate various pending lawsuits challenging Obamacare under provisions such as the Constitution’s Origination Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the text of Obamacare itself. And more court challenges should be filed to stop the Obama Administration’s lawless implementation of Obamacare.”

Source: National Review

Multiple state-run health-care  exchanges are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords, KSTP, a Minnesota ABC affiliate, reports.

According to Mark Lanterman, the CEO and chief technology officer of Computer Forensic Services who ran the simulated attack for KSTP, state-run exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable to it.

Lanterman tested at least a dozen of the state-run exchanges to determine if they had the vulnerability. Kentucky, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, and California did not. HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, also is not vulnerable to the attack.