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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Medicare Offers Relief in Pharmacy Network Mix-Ups

      By Michelle Andrews More than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries who may have been confused or misinformed about the pharmacy details of their 2015 Aetna prescription drug plans have until the end of this month to find participating pharmacies or switch plans, according to the Centers for Medicare & Med

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    7. Why Florida Is No. 1 In Obamacare Enrollment

      By Phil Galewitz When Florida workers promoting President Barack Obama’s health law marketplace want instant feedback, they go to an online “heat map.” The map turns darker green where they’ve seen the most people and shows bright red dots for areas where enrollment is high. “The map shows us where

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    8. Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California

      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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    9. 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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    10. 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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