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    1. HHS: Health Law Has Helped Insure 16.4 Million

      By Julie Rovner A total of 16.4 million non-elderly adults have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this month – a “historic” reduction in the number of uninsured, the Department of Health and Human Services said Monday. Those gaining insurance si

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    2. GOP Lawmakers Sink MT Medicaid Expansion Plan

      By Eric Whitney Obamacare’s tenuous toehold in Montana appears to be growing no firmer. Despite a hearing crowded with supporters of the Democratic governor’s Medicaid expansion bill, Republican legislators have dealt the measure a likely death blow. Republicans control both houses of the Montana le

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    3. ACA Arguments: Few Clues on Supreme Court Decision

      By Julie Rovner For the second time in three years, the federal Affordable Care Act went before the Supreme Court Wednesday. And before a packed courtroom, a divided group of justices mostly picked up right where they left off the last time. Once again, commentators and experts were left to wonder w

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    4. What’s At Stake: Health Law At Supreme Court Again

      By Sarah Varney BURNSVILLE, N. C.—It’s been a bitterly cold winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains for Julia Raye and her 13-year-old son, Charles. But despite the punishing weather, 2015 has been looking good: Raye is finally able to afford insulin and the other medications she needs to keep her diabet

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    5. What To Know About Case Challenging Health Law

      By Julie Rovner The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court. On March 4, the justices will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don’t get it through an employer or the go

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    6. For Many Taxpayers On Obamacare, It’s Payback Time

      By Anna Gorman Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock:  According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money

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    7. Supreme Court Ruling May Trigger Price Spikes

      By Julie Appleby Making health insurance available and affordable to millions of people who buy their own coverage was a key goal for backers of the federal health law known as Obamacare. But if the Supreme Court strikes down the insurance subsidies of millions of Americans who rely on the federal i

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    8. Few Seniors Using Obesity Counseling Benefit

      By Sarah Varney VISALIA, Calif. — In the farming town of Exeter, deep in California’s Central Valley, Anne Roberson walks a quarter mile down the road each day to her mailbox. Her walk and housekeeping chores are the 68-year-old’s only exercise, and her weight has remained stubbornly over 200 pounds

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    9. ACA Case May Be A Wake-Up Call For Republicans

      By Julie Rovner Republican efforts to replace the federal health law have been given new urgency by the Supreme Court. As soon as this spring, the court could invalidate health insurance subsidies available to millions of Americans if it rules for the challengers in a case called King v. Burwell. Re

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    10. Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

      By Phil Galewitz The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year. The special enrollment period applies to people

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