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  1. Limitations Of New Health Plans Rankle Some Enrollees

    By Julie Appleby Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live 2,000 miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won’t take their insurance now, even though they haven’t changed insurers. “They said, ‘We take the old plan, but not the new one,’” says Perez, an attorney in Pal

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  2. Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

    By Phil Galewitz About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The estimate of newly insured adults —

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  3. Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

    By Mary Agnes Carey On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people:  the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law.  KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court

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  4. Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of ACA Subsidies

    By Julie Rovner Updated at 2:30 p.m. Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans. In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals

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  5. Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law

    By Carrie Feibel, KUHF In just over the past year, the number of abortion clinics in Texas fell from 41 to 20, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September. Many of those closed because of the requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a ce

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  6. Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

    By Susan Jaffe In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescripti

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  7. Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare

    By Jay Hancock UnitedHealthcare, the insurance giant that largely sat out the health law’s online marketplaces’ first year, said Thursday it may sell policies through the exchanges in nearly half the states next year. “We plan to grow next year as we expand our offering to as many as two dozen state

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  8. Specialty Care Is A Challenge In Some ACA Plans

    By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few doctors have attracted the attention of federal regulato

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  9. Obamacare Help Was In High Demand, Survey Shows

    By Jenny Gold Most working people in the U.S. sign up for health insurance in a very straightforward way: a few forms, a few questions for human resources, a few choices of plans.  Signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance was nothing like that. It involved questions about income, taxes, family s

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  10. The Latest In Medical Convenience: ER Appointments

    By Anna Gorman By Victoria Colliver Scott Paul knew he needed to head to the emergency room on a recent Sunday after his foot became so painful he couldn't walk. The one thing that gave him pause was the thought of having to wait several hours next to a bunch of sick people. But his wife, Jeannette,

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