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    1. Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

      By Phil Galewitz PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find a specialist willing to see him. After days of calling, she was finally able to get Nathaniel an ap

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    2. Medicaid’s Western Push Hits Montana

      By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio The Affordable Care Act is on the move in Western states, with the governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana all working to hammer out deals with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid in ways tailored to each state. But getting the federal stamp of approval i

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    3. Many Insurers Do Not Cover Weight Loss Drugs

      By Michelle Andrews In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new anti-obesity drug, Saxenda, the fourth prescription drug the agency has given the green light to fight obesity since 2012. But even though two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese — and many may need help sticking t

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    4. Millions Already Enrolled In 2015 Health Policies

      By Julie Rovner What a difference a year makes. With its technical troubles largely behind it, healthcare.gov enrolled 1.9 million new customers for health insurance between Nov. 15 and Dec. 18. At the same time, another 4.5 million existing policyholders either re-enrolled or were automatically ren

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    5. Nearly 2.5 Million Select ACA Health Plans

      By Mary Agnes Carey More than 1 million people selected a health plan during the fourth week of the health law’s open enrollment and nearly 2.5 million have done so since it began Nov. 15, federal officials said Tuesday. “And this was before an extremely busy weekend,” said Andy Slavitt, principal d

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    6. New AK Governor Sets Sights On Medicaid Expansion

      By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Network Independent Bill Walker, who won election last month in a governor’s race so tight the results weren’t known a week after the voting was over, campaigned on the promise that he’d expand Medicaid as one of his first orders of business. To make good on that,

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    7. Small Businesses, Coverage and the Health Law

      By Jay Hancock For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of

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    8. 1.5 Million So Far: Obamacare Enrollment Brisk

      By Phil Galewitz With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s projection of about 9 million enrollees in 2015. Several weeks into the second year of the Affordable Care A

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    9. Job-Based Coverage Confusion and Missed Subsidies

      By Michelle Andrews Confusion about whether some types of job-based coverage disqualify consumers from signing up for subsidized insurance through the health law’s marketplaces may lead some people to buy skimpier employer plans instead. In recent weeks, some assisters who help consumers find covera

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    10. Who Is Getting ACA Insurance – And Who Isn’t

      By Julie Rovner A story on NPR earlier this week described the “family glitch” in the Affordable Care Act. That’s when people can’t afford their insurance at work but make too much to qualify for subsidies in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these mostly middle-income Americans will remain unins

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