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 // 5 months ago
Google today announced Calico, a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be Chief Executive Officer and a founding investor.
Announcing this new investment, Larry Page, Google CEO said: “Illness and aging affect all our families. With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives. It’s impossible to imagine anyone better than Art—one of the leading scientists, entrepreneurs and CEOs of our generation—to take this new venture forward.” Art said: “I’ve devoted much of my life to science and technology, with the goal of improving human health. Larry’s focus on outsized improvements has inspired me, and I’m tremendously excited about what’s next.”
Free health care, as long as they can advertise on your pill bottles and turn your doctor’s visits into big data.
13:03 // 5 months ago