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Obamacare Coverage Begins
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 -- 8:18 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director


-After years of anticipation, coverage on the new Obamacare marketplaces, the centerpiece of the sweeping health care law that was passed in 2010, finally began yesterday.

The new, expanded version of Medicaid also goes into effect in some states, and new consumer protections kick in.

Wednesday was not only a milestone for Obamacare but also a day of reckoning: The start of coverage on the state-based marketplaces should shed light on whether the administration truly resolved one of the major technical problems that initially plagued HealthCare.gov, the federal site that serves as an Obamacare portal for 36 states.

The opening of the marketplaces will also test some steps the administration is taking, with the help of the private sector, to make sure those who have signed up for insurance receive the coverage they’re expecting.

As of Dec. 28, more than 2.1 million Americans had signed up for private insurance through Obamacare, the administration said Tuesday. Approximately half of the enrollees signed up on state-run Obamacare sites, while the rest signed up on Healthcare.gov.

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