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    1. New Preventive Services to Get No-Cost Coverage

      By Michelle Andrews The list continued to grow of preventive services that people are entitled to receive without paying anything out of pocket. In 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended two new services and tweaked a handful of others that had previously been recommended. Under t

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    2. More Turn To Health Clinics After Obamacare

      By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Nurse practitioner Martha Brinsko helps a lot of patients manage their diabetes at the Charlotte Community Health Clinic in North Carolina. “Most mornings when you check your sugar, what would you say kind of the average is?” Brinsko asked patient Diana Coble. Coble hesitated

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    3. Low Prices Of Temporary Health Plans a Draw

      By Julie Appleby Worried about going without health coverage, musician Tom Miller bought a nine-month insurance policy in January to tide himself over while he rebuilt his business after a divorce and moved from Maryland to North Carolina. At $90 a month, it fit his budget, even though it does not o

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    4. Why the Medicaid Outsourcing Regulations Overhaul?

      By Jay Hancock Democrats want wider health care coverage. Republicans want privatization of government programs. They’re both getting their way with the Medicaid program for children and the poor. Medicaid’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act has drawn lots of attention, although some states ha

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    5. Medicaid Expansion Cuts Rate Of Older Uninsured

      By Michelle Andrews The health law’s expansion of Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes over the poverty line was key to reducing the uninsured rate among 50- to 64-year-olds from nearly 12 to 8 percent in 2014, according to a new analysis. “Clearly most of the gains in coverage were in Medicaid

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    6. Medicaid Expansion Still a Fight In Several States

      By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio and Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Five years after the Affordable Care Act passed, its Medicaid expansion provision is still causing huge fights in state legislatures. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia said yes to Medicaid expansion when the law

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    7. Feds to Insurers: Free Contraception Means Free

      By Phil Galewitz Free means free. The Obama administration said Monday that health plans must offer for free at least one of every type of prescription birth control — clarifying regulations that left some insurers misinterpreting the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. “Today’s guidance se

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    8. Thousands May Have Been Shorted On Subsidies

      By Michelle Andrews Thousands of families with a disabled or deceased parent may have received a lower subsidy than they deserved to buy health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace as a result of a calculation error by the federal government. In addition, some who should have been elig

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    9. What’s At Stake In Supreme Court Obamacare Case

      By Jeff Cohen, WNPR The Affordable Care Act mandates that all Americans get health coverage or pay a penalty. To help people pay for that insurance, the federal government subsidizes insurance premiums for millions of Americans. In just a couple of months, the Supreme Court will rule in a major case

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    10. Still Time To Save On Health Law's Tax Penalties?

      By Michelle Andrews Even though the April 15 tax filing deadline has passed, you might be eligible for some health law-related changes that may save you money down the road. –If you owed a penalty for not having health insurance last year and didn’t buy a plan for 2015, you may still be able to sign

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