With National Youth Enrollment Day just around the corner, new reports say that Healthcare.gov will be shut down for scheduled maintenance beginning on Saturday, February 15-the last day to enroll for coverage beginning March 1.
February 15 is also National Youth Enrollment Day, where the administration is promoting over 200 nationwide events where young people can get covered. Groups such as United Way, Young Invincibles, Get Covered America, and the American Cancer Society are partnering to promote enrollment through different events.
Yet again the administration continues to fail the American people, especially our youth. Young people are the key to Obamacare's success, but they are not enrolling. Obamacare is wildly unpopular among Millennials-not surprising, considering they are the tech-savvy generation, and the Healthcare.gov website is a bungled mess. more >>
The Obama administration announced Monday its twenty-seventh delay to the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
Under the new regulations, announced by Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, employers with 50 to 100 employees will not be required to provide health insurance until 2016. Employers with more than 100 employees will be allowed to provide health coverage for only 70 percent of their employees in 2015 and 95 percent of their employees in 2016. (Under the ACA, companies with fewer than 50 employees do not have to provide health insurance.)
"While about 96% of employers are not subject to the employer responsibility provision, for those employers that are," Mazur said, "we will continue to make the compliance process simpler and easier to navigate. Today's final regulations phase in the standards to ensure that larger employers either offer quality, affordable coverage or make an employer responsibility payment starting in 2015 to help offset the cost to taxpayers of coverage or subsidies to their employees." more >>
A CEO apologized to the mom of a preemie baby for comments he made to employees regarding their retirement plans being cut. Tim Armstrong, the Chief Executive at AOL, said in a town hall meeting Thursday that the company was cutting benefits because of "distressed babies" that had cost too much money, among other things.
However, after he personally called Deanna Fei Sunday to apologize for the comments, she said she forgave him.
"He spoke to me as a person to another person and not in the public role as a CEO. He spoke to me in a heartfelt way, as a father of three kids to a fellow parent," she revealed on the "Today" show. more >>
An attorney with a religious freedom organization representing a retail chain against the federal government over the controversial "preventive services" mandate has stated that the case is about religious freedom and not women's health.
Kyle Duncan, attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel for Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., was the featured speaker at a conference call press briefing held Monday afternoon.
The briefing was in regards to Hobby Lobby's suit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the "preventive services" mandate, which compels businesses to cover various forms of contraceptives in employee health insurance. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren will soon release an accompanying cookbook to his New York Times No. 1 bestseller, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life. The book contains healthy recipes designed to encourage readers to embrace the essentials of food, fitness, focus, faith and friends.
"In this cookbook you will find a menu of American classics that don't compromise taste and that will help you live healthier and give you energy to fulfill your God-given purpose," said Warren in a statement. "Food is one of the great ways to create fellowship and build relationships so it is our desire that this cookbook will help individuals rediscover how easy it is to cook fresh, delicious whole foods."
Set to release on Feb. 18, The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life, is a collaborative effort between Warren, renowned doctors and The Daniel Plan signature chefs who focus on providing tips for a Daniel Plan pantry as well as how to shop, plan menus and snack smartly. more >>
Reacting to a report from the Guttmacher Institute that claims abortions are at an all-time low since the procedure became legal in 1973, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says she's "proud" that the organization provides multiple forms of abortion services to its pregnant clients.
"Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion services for women who make the deeply personal decision to end a pregnancy, [and] we are proud to fight for a woman's right to make that decision without interference from politicians," said Richards, who once served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and is the daughter of former Democratic governor of Texas Ann Richards.
The Christian Post recently reported that the Guttmacher Institute, a research institute that supports abortion rights, will release a report in March in which it claims that the number of abortions had dropped in 2011 to its lowest point since 1973. more >>