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    1. 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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    2. Timely Decisions Ordered On CA Medicaid Coverage

      By Anna Gorman Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The decision came in a lawsuit filed in September alleging that a

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    3. Insuring Undocumented Immigrants in California

      By Anna Gorman PASADENA, Calif. — Angel Torres hasn’t been to the doctor since coming to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. But now, his vision is getting blurry and he frequently feels tired. Torres, 51, worries he might have diabetes like his brothers. “Time is passing,” he sai

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    4. Tax Preparers Brace To Give Bad Health Law News

      By April Dembosky, KQED and Jeff Cohen, WNPR Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, and tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready for the first year that

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    5. Survey: More Americans Getting Needed Health Care

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although problems persist, more Americans had significantly less trouble getting and paying for needed medical care in 2014, as the health insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in, a new survey suggest

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    6. Alaska Health Premiums Are Triple Those In Phoenix

      By Jordan Rau In health insurance prices, as in the weather, Alaska and the Sun Belt are extremes. This year Alaska is the most expensive health insurance market for people who do not get coverage through their employers, while Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., are among the very cheape

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    7. Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some in CA

      By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio When Dennie Wright went to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California. Wright lives in

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    8. Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

      By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio It was a heck of a Christmas for David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson. They found out they were about to lose their new health insurance. “Clara was listening to the news on Iowa Public Radio and that’s how we found out,” Fairchild says. They went to their

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    9. 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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    10. 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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