Tag:  Government programs

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Health

Tips for working with health insurance brokers and agents

Scantily clad model Katina Shoemaker offers a flyer to a man who declined, saying he has insurance, as Shoemaker and fellow models display signs encouraging the public to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, during a promotional campaign launched by Colorado HealthOP, a health care co-op, in Denver, Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Tips to avoid fraud in the health insurance marketplace: — Don’t trust a website that asks you to enter personal data such as a Social Security number, bank account number or credit card information other than the federal exchange website, http://www.healthcare.gov .

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National

Obama to public: Don’t give up on health sign-ups

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government.

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National

Government powers down; blame trading in capital

A National Park Service employee posts a sign reading “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed” on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by David Espo and Donna CassataAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes “the more families will be hurt.” Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs. Ominously, there were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “This is now all together,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill..

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National

Obama hails ‘historic’ launch of health exchanges

President Barack Obama, stands with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, as he speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Josh LedermanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hailing it as an “historic day,” President Barack Obama pressed forward his flagship health care program Tuesday, inaugurating new insurance exchanges to expand access for those without coverage despite the shutdown taking hold across much of the government.

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International

For Obama, world looks far different than expected

In this photo taken Aug. 22, 2013, President Barack Obama walks along the West Wing colonnade of the White House in Washington before traveling to New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there’s deep skepticism about Washington’s government surveillance programs.

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Health

Some hospitals charge vastly more for same care

HHS SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Connie Cass and Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals within the same city sometimes charge tens of thousands of dollars more for the same procedures, according to figures the government released for the first time Wednesday. The federal list sheds new light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get the care somewhere else.

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National

Loyal Democrats wonder: Just who does Obama think he is?

BUILDING LEGACY–In this April 11 photo, President Barack Obama is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) by Liz Sidoti WASHINGTON (AP) — He wants to slash funding for the Democratic sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare. He doesn’t agree with a judge and women’s rights groups that girls of any age should have easy access to emergency contraception. He has hinted that he may disappoint environmentalists by letting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline be built.

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International

Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan leader, dies at 58

LOSES CANCER BATTLE– In this May 14, 2004 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez gives a press conference at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File) by Frank Bajak CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times and using his country’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage.