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November 25, 2015 The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals is rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.
A Medicaid office employee works on reports at Montefiore Medical Center in New York in late 2014. New York expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act and enrollment surged.
September 16, 2015 The sizable jump in Americans with insurance, due in large part to the implementation of the federal health law, is unprecedented since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago.
April 28, 2015 If marriage is on the horizon, it might be wise to set aside some money for the taxman. An increase in family income after the vows can trigger repayment of a health insurance credit.
April 1, 2015 Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.
People wait to sign up for health insurance in Cudahy, Calif., in late March 2014.
March 16, 2015 The percentage of people without health insurance has dropped to 13.2 percent from 20.2 percent in 2012, according to federal officials. The uptick in coverage has been biggest for Latinos.
Latoya Watson of Washington, D.C., cheers during a rally outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, when the justices heard arguments in King v. Burwell.
March 5, 2015 Bills concerning health care exchanges are pending in at least 16 states. The measures are split pretty evenly between ones that seek to bolster the exchanges and those that would impede or bar them.
Supreme Court police stand guard during a storm in March.
November 26, 2014 A decision against subsidies would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are backbone of the Affordable Care Act.
September 9, 2014 The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.
May 28, 2014 A recent IRS rule bars employers from offering workers tax-free subsidies to buy policies. But a company could still cancel its plan and leave workers to buy individual policies on the marketplaces.
Peter Lee (left), executive director of Covered California, greets employees at a call center in Fresno, Calif., in February.
May 8, 2014 As rocky as the rollout of HealthCare.gov was, the federal exchange was relativiely efficient in signing up enrollees. Each one cost an average of $647 in federal tax dollars.
Would he be happier with a health plan bought on the exchange? His boss probably would be.
May 7, 2014 Since most big corporations are self-insured, shifting even one high-cost employee out of the company plan could save the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
March 25, 2014 A 19-year-old claimed on his parents' tax return as a dependent doesn't plan to buy health coverage. Forgoing insurance will trigger a penalty. Who will be on the hook for it?
The proportion of sign-ups for health insurance by age group on the federal and state exchanges.
March 11, 2014 One-quarter of the people who have signed up for private insurance through the federal and state exchanges are young adults. Insurers are counting on their participation to keep premiums manageable.
Rian, 26, tells the rappers about the low-cost health plan she bought on the exchange in this TV ad.
March 5, 2014 Controversial ads geared to younger people have drawn criticism. But enrollment figures for private health insurance on the Washington state exchange are up since the ads began running.
Oregon's road to health coverage continues to be bumpy; the website for the state's health insurance marketplace still isn't fully open to consumers.
February 21, 2014 Some of the 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces lag behind the federal site in meeting enrollment goals. States doing better kept the IT goals relatively simple, reviewers say.
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St. Paul, capital of Minnesota, the land of inexpensive health insurance.
February 13, 2014 What sets these bargain markets apart? They tend to have robust competition among hospitals and doctors, allowing insurers to wrangle lower rates. Many of the best deals are to be had in Minnesota, where managed care has long held prices in check.
Insurance guides work the phone bank at MnSure, Minnesota's health exchange, in St. Paul, Minn., in December.
February 12, 2014 Slightly more women than men are signing up for coverage. The most popular plans are the silver ones, the third-most generous type among the four main kinds offered on insurance exchanges around the country.
Even after marriage, some same-sex couple can't get family health insurance policies.
February 11, 2014 Despite a Justice Department decision giving same-sex married couples equal recognition in federal courthouses, prisons and other programs, inconsistency in the treatment of same-sex married couples under the health law remains. States still make their own decisions.
Health insurance premiums in Aspen, Colo., are among the highest in the country.
February 3, 2014 Some of the priciest markets for insurance include rural counties in Georgia and the areas around ski resorts in Colorado. While many people in these places will receive government subsidies to help pay for premiums, the portion that they pay will still be higher than what they would have to foot elsewhere.
January 14, 2014 Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people signed up for health insurance during the first three months that the new exchanges were open. Younger people are generally healthier, and their premiums tend to balance out insurers' outlays for older, sicker people.
December 11, 2013 Because HealthCare.gov was barely functioning in October and much of November, the administration is falling far short of the 3.3 million people it has projected would sign up by the end of December. Still, federal officials say they're confident that 7 million people will have obtained insurance on the exchanges by the end of March.
Enroll America outreach workers talk to congregants at the Mt. Calvary Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
December 10, 2013 Far from the glitz of South Beach or the tourist mecca of the Magic Kingdom is northern Florida. Information about the Affordable Care Act can be hard to come by for residents, many of whom are working poor and could benefit from the law.
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Joey Cappuccitti, who works at a Maximus call center, talks with a person looking for help with New York's insurance exchange.
December 9, 2013 As a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for health insurance that starts Jan. 1 looms, New York state is staffing up its call center and smoothing out the rough spots on its application to meet growing demand. As time runs down, the state is trying to fix technical and design issues that came up when the site debuted in October.
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For Tambra Momi, who has Dercum's disease, health coverage can't come soon enough.
Courtesy of Tambra Momi
December 2, 2013 The technological trials for the online health insurance exchanges have turned an enrollment period that was supposed to be a leisurely three-month stroll into a last-minute sprint for millions of Americans. People who want coverage that starts at the beginning of 2014 need to sign up no later than Dec. 23.
Kyle Thompson and his family are all going to have health coverage in Oregon, thanks to the state's successful effort to enroll people in Medicaid.
November 14, 2013 In Oregon, the online health marketplace isn't working for people looking to buy individual policies. But the state has been rapidly expanding Medicaid anyway. In Texas, insurance helpers may face state regulations that would make it even harder to assist people seeking coverage.
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