• Lawmakers' exchange pans enrollment proposal

    Mila Kofman, executive director of the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority, says her understanding is that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to treat Congress as if it had failed to give much support to its health plan, or had failed to get many employees to participate.

  • The gun supremacists' folly

    The creativity of the National Rifle Association and other organizations devoted to establishing conditions in which every man, woman and child in our nation will have to be armed is awe-inspiring.

  • Online Job Postings Seeing Rapid Growth

    The report’s findings suggest careers in the so-called STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - provide the greatest opportunities, with salaries that range between $30 to $45 an hour. But for maximum income and satisfaction, Professor Carnevale says workers must be prepared to move and change jobs at least every five years.

  • They signed up for Obamacare. Now, how to keep them enrolled?

    he District of Columbia’s exchange, D.C. Health Link, had begun discussing how to make sure people continue paying their premiums, executive director Mila Kofman said earlier this month. Those discussions have been put on the back burner in light of the Health Link’s decision to extend open enrollment through April 30, Kofman said this week. Those who are monitoring state-run exchanges said they expect an increased focus on the retention issue in the coming weeks and months.

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Stays on Offense

    De Blasio ascribes some of his early trials to a need to go with “a really rigorous no-huddle offense in the first hundred days.” Now, there will be more huddles. De Blasio is running plays that will affect politics far outside his city, and he knows the cost of fumbles.

  • A program conservatives should love

    At a very modest cost to government — those who serve essentially get living expenses and some scholarship assistance later — AmeriCorps gives mostly young Americans a chance to spend a year helping communities and those in need while nurturing thousands of organizations across the country. Senior Corps provides Americans 55 or older a chance to serve, too.

  • Deadline extension boosts Obamacare sign-ups

    In the District of Columbia, the city-run exchange predicts that 500 people will take advantage of a two-week extension. “That’s success,” said Mila Kofman, executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority. “That’s 500 people who wouldn’t have been covered otherwise.”

  • Nevada Offers Rare Deal: Year-Round Sales of Health Plans

    Under normal circumstances, insurers might balk at offering people a chance to sign up outside the regular open enrollment period. But this April's extended time frame may be a special case. With so much speculation that young and generally healthy people would likely wait until the last minute to enroll in a plan, insurers might be more than usually willing to leave the enrollment doors open in the hope of snagging some of the "healthy procrastinators," Georgetown's Corlette says.

  • How the District’s Obamacare exchange is unlike any other

    “We knew that about 60 percent of the uninsured are under age 40,” said D.C. Health Link Executive Director Mila Kofman. “We always planned to be very targeted to younger people, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how well we did.”

  • D.C. Health Link made it to first enrollment deadline. So what's next?

    Now that the open enrollment deadline for the state and federal health exchanges has passed, local officials are gearing up for an even bigger job: holding onto all those new signups.