Uninsured Americans around the country showed up at health centers and logged onto government Web sites Tuesday morning in hopes of being among the first to sign up for coverage under the president’s health-care law, but many ran into technical glitches that prevented them from enrolling.
State and federal health officials reported strong interest in signing up, despite the problems and even though the plans do not kick in until Jan. 1. Applicants will have until March 31 to comply with the new requirement that all Americans carry health insurance or face a fine.
In New York, 2 million people had visited the state’s Web-based insurance marketplace by midday, officials there said. By 7 a.m., 1 million people had visited the federal web site, Healthcare.gov, which is the main enrollment site for 34 states, the president said.
Fast Company and a number of other outlets have also posted articles explaining what the soon-to-be-implemented Affordable Care Act means for freelancers, the self-employed, and a variety of other typically non-insured Americans. Any SFB readers run into technical issues when they tried to sign-up for new health coverage this morning?
16:47 // 6 months ago
A potential landmark case for U.S. regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of federal judges on Monday, testing whether the Federal Telecommunications Commission has authority to enforce so-called net neutrality rules.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any Web content and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or varying charges imposed by the Internet service provider or the government.
Oral arguments in the case pit Verizon Communications Inc against the FCC. The biggest U.S. wireless provider is challenging the commission’s order that guides how Internet service providers manage their networks.
Industry analysts say that even a complete overturning of the existing FCC regulations is unlikely to drastically change existing business practices, most of which are believed to fall within the rules as they’re written now. Any SFB readers want to offer their thoughts on the matter?
16:16 // 7 months ago