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**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Coburn: Did feds illegally skirt Obamacare employer mandate?

By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know if the Obama administration violated the law by making it easier for seasonal and temporary workers in the federal government to get health coverage — perhaps so the feds would not be penalized under Obamacare's "employer mandate." Published August 28, 2014

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In this photo taken Thursday, July 10, 2014, a patient is assisted at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, N.C. A backlog of unpaid Medicaid claims, a shrinking reimbursement rate, and more carve-outs of services covered, rural community hospitals like Southeastern Regional in Robeson County, which is not a part of a larger corporate hospital group are struggling to stay afloat. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor

Associated Press

Federal officials are investigating a contractor Idaho selected to oversee its Medicaid behavioral health program for possibly violating patient-privacy laws.

New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

- Associated Press

The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.

Gov. Mike Pence speaks during the Republican Party State Convention at the Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday, June 7, 2014. Indiana Republicans picked an all-woman team to lead their ticket in November at their convention Saturday, but also struggled through a divisive gay marriage battle and heard their state treasurer compare national economy to the events leading up to Germany's 1936 elections under the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/The Journal-Gazette, Rachel Von)

More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

Associated Press

Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November, according to a state official.

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2013, file photo shows Cover Oregon Executive Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg at a news conference at Cover Oregon headquarters in Durham, Ore.  Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed state records for a grand jury investigation of the troubled Cover Oregon health insurance website, the governor's office said Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)

2,100 Oregonians have to switch health coverage

Associated Press

About 2,100 Oregonians will have to re-enroll in health care because they were incorrectly enrolled either in Medicaid or in a commercial health plan by the state.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at the new Beretta facility ground breaking ceremony in Gallatin, Tn. on August 28, 2014. (Washington Times, Martin B. Cherry)

Gov. Haslam's Medicaid talk draws GOP criticism

- Associated Press

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's suggestion this week that he may soon submit a proposal for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee received some blowback from a fellow Republican leader in the Legislature on Friday.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at an event Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Seattle to highlight the success of the Washington state healthcare exchange in getting hundreds of thousands of people into new health coverage, including about 450,000 who obtained new Medicaid coverage. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington residents get more insurance choices

- Associated Press

People who buy their own health insurance through the state's health exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, will have more choices next year and will only see a small change in rates.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers the State of the State Address at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Shumlin announced an emergency order that would make it harder for physicians to prescribe a new class of drugs that includes Zohydro. Many feel the extended-release pill is prone to abuse, because it's not tamper resistant and contains up to five times more of the narcotic hydrocodone than previously available in other pills. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

Report faults management of Vermont Health Connect

Associated Press

The new contractor hired to fix Vermont's troubled health care website says the project's management structure and processes contributed to the failures that still plague the system almost a year after it went live.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget address in Harrisburg, Pa. Corbett said Thursday, June 26, 2014, he has never condemned the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno for his actions regarding now-convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, and he "never will," citing what he called the "unusual circumstances" surrounding what happened. The Republican governor, now in the middle of a re-election campaign, also told The Associated Press that he regrets that the Penn State board decided to fire Paterno by phone rather than in person. The governor was a voting trustee when the scandal broke in November 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania Medicaid could change without Corbett

- Associated Press

Gov. Tom Corbett has won approval for elements of a federally-funded health care expansion his administration spent more than a year developing, but he is facing an uphill battle for a second term and some parts of the plan may not survive for long if Democrat Tom Wolf beats him in November's election.

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Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obamacare website chief apologizes for poor rollout

- The Washington Times

The head of the agency in charge of the new health care law apologized Tuesday to people who've tried to use the flawed federal Obamacare website, but she said she still has faith that the site will be working for most Americans by the end of November.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, for and event with President Barack Obama on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sebelius to appear before House on Obamacare on Oct. 30

- The Washington Times

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday put off Republican lawmakers who want to question her about the disastrous rollout of Obamacare this week, instead agreeing to testify about the program's computer problems next week.

** FILE ** In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event discussing the federal health care overhaul in Philadelphia. With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

- Associated Press

With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

** FILE ** Linda Norman (right) and Joanna Galt, both from Florida, hold their banners during a "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obamacare has been amended or delayed 19 times: study

- The Washington Times

President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday.

Bev Veals (left), accompanied by her husband, Scott, undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Patient's health insurance bill soars as Obamacare falters

- Associated Press

Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemotherapy this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay up to $3,125, on top of premiums.

Tea party asks its grass roots to help kill health care law

- The Washington Times

Tea party Republicans are girding for a fight with the White House — and members of their own party — over how to block President Obama's health care law, saying Congress must not miss the chance to use this year's funding bills to try to starve Obamacare to death.

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Obama chats up health care

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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.