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  1. Higher Hospital Costs May Not Mean Better Care

    By Jordan Rau A study of autoworker claims found that hospitals with the highest prices tended to have the strongest reputations and tight holds on their local markets yet showed little evidence of providing better quality care. The actual prices insurers pay hospitals are closely guarded secrets in

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  2. To Schedule a Doctor's Visit, Get in Line

    By Jenny Gold Need to see a doctor? You may have to wait. A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the country, which was taken before the health law expanded coverage, found that the average wait time for a new patient to see a physician in five medical specialties was 18.5 d

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  3. GOP Senators Propose Obamacare Overhaul

    By Mary Agnes Carey A health care overhaul plan released Monday by three Senate Republicans may reveal how the party will handle the issue for the 2014 elections and beyond. Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Richard Burr of North Carolina unveiled a legislative framework that wou

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  4. Consumers Expecting Free 'Preventive' Care Sometimes Surprised By Charges

    By Michelle Andrews The new health-care law encourages people to get the preventive services they need by requiring that most health plans cover cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines, among other things, without charging patients anything out of pocket. Some patients, however, are running u

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  5. State Snapshots Of Obamacare Enrollment

    By KHN Editors Enrollment in the health law’s marketplaces surged in December, and the administration’s report on the numbers made headlines on Monday — but the national story isn’t the whole story. Health care is delivered in 50 different state markets, and each state is implementing the health law

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  6. New York Consumers Frustrated By Insurance Delays

    By Fred Mogul, WNYC Last weekend, Rob Cuillo had a severe stomach bug, and he began thinking it might be time for a trip to the emergency room near his home on Long Island. “I was sick as a dog,” he said. “I was so dehydrated, I was thinking if this goes on another day I might need an I.V. to give m

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  7. HHS Extends Coverage For Patients In Federal High-Risk Pools

    By Mary Agnes Carey The tens of thousands of people with a history of serious illnesses who are enrolled in high-risk insurance pools created under the health care law will have an additional two months -- until March 31 -- before they lose that coverage, the Department of Health and Human Services

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  8. Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under Obamacare

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's still time to enroll in a health insurance plan through one of the Affordable Care Act's new online marketplaces. And if you sign up by Wednesday, you'll have coverage starting next month. Open enrollment for 201

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  9. More Than 2 Million People Have Signed Up for 'Obamacare'

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 2.2 million Americans had selected health plans through the federal and state marketplaces as of late December, and nearly one in four was a young adult, the Obama administration disclosed Monday. "The numbers sho

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  10. Many Americans Haven't Checked Out Health Insurance Marketplaces

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a rush to enroll in December, many Americans who may be eligible for health insurance through the new state and federal marketplaces haven't shopped for coverage, a new survey shows. About 24 percent of eligible

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