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  1. Study: Supplemental Plans Raise Medicare Costs 22 Percent

    By Jay Hancock Restaurants know customers eat more at fixed-price buffets than when they pay à la carte. Economists have been saying for years that the same kind of behavior goes on in the federal Medicare program for seniors and the disabled. Supplemental "Medigap" plans shield millions from Medica

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  2. Maryland Plan Offers Retroactive Coverage Due To Sign-up Problems

    By Jay Hancock Dr. Peter Beilenson may be the only health insurance CEO who picks up the phone when reporters call. So Kaiser Health News bothers him a lot. We caught up with the boss of Maryland’s Evergreen Health Co-op late last week to learn how one insurer moved from Obamacare theory to Obamacar

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  3. Medicaid Use May Boost ER Visits: Study in Oregon

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals that Oregon residents covered by Medicaid -- the publicly funded health insurance program for the poor -- are 40 percent more likely to use emergency rooms than people with no insurance. This finding

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  4. Law Calls for Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

    There may be a lot more counting of calories when people buy snacks from vending machines or order food in certain restaurants under rules currently being crafted as part of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. Once the regulations are in place, calorie information will have to be displayed o

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  5. Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reports Surge

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 29, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- After a disastrous introduction back in October, the federal government's HealthCare.gov insurance coverage website saw a surge of enrollments in December, government officials said Sunday. More than 1.1 million people e

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  6. Despite Help, Many May Still Be 'Underinsured'

    By Michelle Andrews People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January as the health law’s coverage requirements and spending limits take effect. But a recent analysis by Avalere Health found that many may still find themselves “underinsured,” sp

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  7. White House Extends Enrollment Deadline Again

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration on Tuesday once again extended the deadline for people to register for health insurance coverage on Healthcare.gov. The new extension follows a 24-hour "grace period" that was granted on Monday

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  8. In Some Plans, High Deductible Comes Before Doctor

    By Julie Appleby If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the health law’s marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise. Some plans will not pay for a doctor visit before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars. "This could be the next shoe to drop

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  9. New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers whose individual health insurance policies have been cancelled for failing to meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act may now apply for a "hardship exemption," Obama administration officials an

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  10. White House Extends Insurance Enrollment Deadline

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration on Monday extended the deadline for people to register for health insurance coverage on Healtcare.gov by an extra 24 hours, through to the end of Tuesday. The official deadline for signing up thr

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