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  1. Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural CA

    By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio After the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act first went live in late 2013, Lori Lomas started combing the website of Covered California on a hunt for good deals for her clients. Lomas is an agent at Feather Financial, in the Sierra Nev

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  2. Most On CA Exchange Sticking With Last Year’s Plan

    By Jenny Gold When it comes to health insurance, Californians seem to value consistency. Of the 944,000 people who were could renew their coverage for 2015 through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, 94 percent stayed in the same plan that they were in last year. About a third

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  3. If Court Strikes Subsidies, Most Want Them Back

    By Julie Rovner A new poll finds that most people think Congress or states should act to restore health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court decides later this year they are not permitted in states where the federal government is running the marketplace. The court in March is set to hear King v.

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  4. IN Medicaid Expansion May Tempt Other States

    By Phil Galewitz The deal reached Tuesday between the Obama administration and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to expand Medicaid under the president’s health law should help sway reluctant Republican officials in other states because it imposes new costs on poor adults, promotes healthy behaviors and relie

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  5. Have Insurers Found Way Around 'Obamacare' Rule?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some insurance companies may be using high-dollar pharmacy co-pays to flout the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate against discrimination on the basis of pre-existing health problems, Harvard researchers claim. These

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  6. Timely Decisions Ordered On CA Medicaid Coverage

    By Anna Gorman Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The decision came in a lawsuit filed in September alleging that a

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  7. Insuring Undocumented Immigrants in California

    By Anna Gorman PASADENA, Calif. — Angel Torres hasn’t been to the doctor since coming to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. But now, his vision is getting blurry and he frequently feels tired. Torres, 51, worries he might have diabetes like his brothers. “Time is passing,” he sai

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  8. Tax Preparers Brace To Give Bad Health Law News

    By April Dembosky, KQED and Jeff Cohen, WNPR Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, and tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready for the first year that

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  9. Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some in CA

    By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio When Dennie Wright went to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California. Wright lives in

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  10. Survey: More Americans Getting Needed Health Care

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although problems persist, more Americans had significantly less trouble getting and paying for needed medical care in 2014, as the health insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in, a new survey suggest

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