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  1. Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare

    By Jay Hancock UnitedHealthcare, the insurance giant that largely sat out the health law’s online marketplaces’ first year, said Thursday it may sell policies through the exchanges in nearly half the states next year. “We plan to grow next year as we expand our offering to as many as two dozen state

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  2. Specialty Care Is A Challenge In Some ACA Plans

    By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few doctors have attracted the attention of federal regulato

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  3. Obamacare Help Was In High Demand, Survey Shows

    By Jenny Gold Most working people in the U.S. sign up for health insurance in a very straightforward way: a few forms, a few questions for human resources, a few choices of plans. Signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance was nothing like that. It involved questions about income, taxes, family si

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  4. The Latest In Medical Convenience: ER Appointments

    By Anna Gorman By Victoria Colliver Scott Paul knew he needed to head to the emergency room on a recent Sunday after his foot became so painful he couldn't walk. The one thing that gave him pause was the thought of having to wait several hours next to a bunch of sick people. But his wife, Jeannette,

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  5. 2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' in Federal Insurance Applications

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. reports suggest it's possible that people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on the federal government's health care website -- or state websites in California and Connecticut --

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  6. Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Injuries

    By Jordan Rau During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in

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  7. Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans

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  8. U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report

    June 18, 2014 -- The United States' health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue. The nonprofit group said that while Americans spend much more per person on medical care, they are less healthy than peopl

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  9. 'Obamacare' May Mean Healthier Young Adults

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a large study suggests. Having that c

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  10. Obamacare Credited For Big Drop In Minnesota’s Uninsured Rate

    By Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio The website malfunctioned. The exchange chief was fired. And many people had to sign up the old fashioned way: pen, paper, with a person. So, Minnesota’s launch of the Affordable Care Act was a clear failure, right? Not so much. A less modest state might

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