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Obamacare 'accomplishing goal': Gallup poll

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - The percentage of Americans without health insurance dipped to its lowest in nearly six years due in part to U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Some 15.6 percent of Americans lacked health insurance in the first three months of 2014, down from a high of 18 percent in late 2013, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey.

Hispanics on sidelines: Largest US minority group lags in signing up for health care plans

WASHINGTON - The nation's largest minority group risks being left behind by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Hispanics account for about one-third of the nation's uninsured, but they seem to be staying on the on the sidelines as the White House races to meet a goal of 6 million sign-ups by March 31. Latinos are "not at the table," says Jane Delgado, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, a nonpartisan advocacy network. "We are not going to be able to enrol at the levels we should be enrolling at."

With deadline looming, Texas makes final push to enrol uninsured families in new health plans

HOUSTON - Sara Rodriguez recently received a $4,000 bill for a six-hour emergency room visit to treat a fever. She says she can't pay, but she's also not planning to buy health insurance through the new federal marketplace. Rodriguez, like others gathered in a Houston gymnasium listening to a presentation about the health care overhaul, says she can't afford insurance, even for $50 a month. With two young children and barely $400 of income a month after paying rent, she struggles to feed her family.

California ramps up Latino outreach as healthcare deadline nears

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 800,000 Californians have enrolled in private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, but that number included fewer Latinos than officials hoped, the head of its state-run marketplace said on Wednesday. California has already exceeded estimates of how many people it would enroll by March 31, signing up 828,638 residents for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, said executive director Peter V. Lee.

Budget office: Administration's website woes to reduce 2014 enrolment in Obama's health law

WASHINGTON - Budget experts for Congress say fewer uninsured people than expected will get covered this year through President Barack Obama's health care law. The Congressional Budget Office dropped its estimate by 2 million people. That's partly the result of website problems that prevented people from signing up last fall when new markets for subsidized private insurance went live.

Gallup finds modest drop in US uninsured rate as Obama's coverage expansion takes effect

WASHINGTON - It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 per cent. That would translate to roughly 2 million to 3 million people gaining coverage.

Older adults, more expensive to cover, outnumber young people so far in health care signups

WASHINGTON - It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.

Most uninsured Americans lack knowledge about Obamacare: survey

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Most uninsured adult Americans lack basic knowledge about President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law and haven't visited their online insurance marketplace because they think health insurance is unaffordable, according to a survey released on Thursday. The survey from Enroll America, a non-profit healthcare enrollment coalition, found that 68 percent of uninsured adults had not yet logged onto their online exchanges.

Obamacare enrollment by Latinos hurt by immigration law concerns

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Curtis Skinner LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Concerns among Hispanics that signing up for medical insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law may draw the scrutiny of immigration authorities has hurt enrollment, according to advocates of the policy.

NY health care website slammed by 30 million hits; state monitoring for any attack, protest

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's website to allow the uninsured to shop for health insurance under the nation's new health care law has struggled under the surge of nearly 30 million hits in two days. New York has just 2.7 million uninsured residents, so state officials are trying to figure out why their website has attracted more hits than in any other state. State Department of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore said the agency doubled the website's capacity after users experienced delays and other difficulties entering.
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