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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Many Uninsured Don’t Realize They May Face A Tax Penalty

      By Michelle Andrews A “teachable moment” is one way to describe the  consternation that many uninsured people may feel when they file their taxes this spring and realize they could owe a penalty for not having health insurance. According to a new survey, the number of people who may need to be schoo

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    5. 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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    6. Even Insured Get Unexpectedly Big Medical Bills

      By Julie Appleby After Pam Durocher was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched her insurer’s website for a participating surgeon to do the reconstructive surgery. Having done her homework, she was stunned to get a $10,000 bill from the surgeon. “I panicked when I got that bill,” said the 60-year

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    7. Figuring Out Doctors In Your Plan Can Be Difficult

      By Michelle Andrews “Is this doctor in my insurance network?” is part of the litany of questions many people routinely ask when considering whether to see a particular doctor. Unfortunately, in some cases the answer may not be a simple yes or no. That’s what Hannah Morgan learned when her husband ne

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    8. Texas Insurance Brokers Play Bigger Obamacare Role

      By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media As the health law’s second open enrollment season barrels to a close on Sunday, nearly a million Texans have purchased or applied for health insurance. This time around, insurance brokers are aggressively marketing themselves to shoppers – it’s a big change for

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    9. Despite Law, Some Birth Control May Require Copays

      By Michelle Andrews It’s been more than two years since most health plans have been required to cover all Food and Drug Administration-approved methods of contraception without requiring women to pay anything out-of-pocket. But even though an unplanned pregnancy would cost an insurer a lot more than

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    10. Measles Outbreak Sparks Bid To Strengthen Calif. Vaccine Law

      By Jenny Gold Listen: Measles Outbreak Sparks Bid To Strengthen Calif. Vaccine Law State lawmakers in California introduced legislation Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated before going to school, a response to a measles outbreak that started in Southern California and has re

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