The shutdown, which raised protests from navigator groups, will occur from midnight Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday on all but one weekend.
People who do not get insurance through their job or the government have long battled a difficult market.
Republicans’ plans to overhaul the federal health law are not expected to take effect immediately, so consumers can still sign up for 2017 coverage.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announces that federal officials expect the number of people picking plans will grow by 1 million this year to nearly 14 million people, but she acknowledges that rising prices and fewer insurers are challenging the marketplaces.
Doctor and hospital switching is a recurring scramble for these consumers who face rising premiums and plan exits.
Federal data suggest that many smokers aren’t confessing to their tobacco habit to avoid paying higher health care premiums, thwarting insurers.
The Department of Health and Human Services issues new rules designed to simplify health coverage consumers buy through Healthcare.gov.
Feds propose taking a page out of Covered California’s book and moving to a simplified health insurance marketplace.
Candidates — on both sides — are bending the facts about the Affordable Care Act.
Major changes in broker compensation are designed to discourage enrollment of the sickest, say consumer advocates.
KHN’s consumer columnist answers questions about how people can handle moving between the government health plan for low-income residents and the private plans offered on the federal health law’s exchanges.
The government’s most detailed release of figures shows insurance plan sign-ups beat the Obama administration’s goal for the year.
But CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt declines to predict fate of the 13 remaining state exchanges in congressional testimony.
Experts say Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s plan to drop Kynect and use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace would have little impact on consumers, if it happens.
Two studies analyze the decline in PPO plans that provide some coverage when patients seek care from doctors, hospitals and other providers that are not on the plan’s network.
Software problems, better health insurance options elsewhere are said to hold enrollment well under projections after almost two years.