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  1. 6 Changes to the Affordable Care Act

    Nov. 27, 2013 -- To put it in surgical terms, the Affordable Care Act has had some work done. Here are six major changes made in recent months. Because of all the technical glitches affecting health insurance Marketplace web sites, the federal government is giving consumers more time to buy coverage

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  2. With Three Weeks Left, Consumers Fear They May End Up Without Health Coverage On New Year’s Day

    By Jordan Rau Tambra Momi has been eagerly awaiting the promise of guaranteed health insurance. Since 2011, she has battled Dercum's disease, a rare and painful condition in which non-cancerous tumors sprout throughout her body, pressing against nerves. Jobless and in a wheelchair, Momi needs nine d

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  3. Administration Tests Fixes That Would Allow Insurers, Brokers To Enroll More Consumers

    By Julie Appleby Insurers and the Obama administration are testing fixes to healthcare.gov designed to allow insurers and web-based brokers to directly enroll consumers who qualify for subsidies under the health law. Allowing insurers and online brokers to directly enroll customers in subsidized cov

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  4. Sexy Ads Sell Affordable Care Act in Colo.

    By Eric Whitney The Affordable Care Act is good for young adults because it’ll save them money on health care, leaving them more to spend on liquor and birth control. That’s one way to interpret the message from a provocative new ad campaign in Colorado. Not everyone is thrilled with it. In a federa

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  5. In California, Some Happy About Canceled Insurance

    By Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC Barbara Neff of Santa Monica is one of the roughly 1 million Californians who recently got word that their health insurance coverage would be expiring soon. The canceled plans sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Barack Obama’s promise – “If you like

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  6. S.C. Will See 16 Percent Jump in Medicaid

    By Phil Galewitz Like half the states, South Carolina chose not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, citing the program’s high costs and inefficiency. Yet, state officials still forecast a 16 percent enrollment jump by the end of June, 2015, triple that of a typical year and ev

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  7. December Obamacare Deadline Extended One Week

    By Mary Agnes Carey Consumers will have an extra week — until Dec. 23 – to enroll in health insurance coverage that begins Jan. 1, Obama administration officials said Friday. Millions of consumers have been frustrated by their inability to sign up for coverage through healthcare.gov, the federal web

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  8. Covered California: Older Jump In First, But Officials Buoyed By Number Of Young Enrollees

    By Anna Gorman By Sarah Varney SACRAMENTO -- In a state considered crucial to the success of Obamacare, older people have enrolled in California’s new health insurance marketplace in large numbers as expected, but younger people also have showed up in force. About 56 percent of Californians who sign

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  9. Covered California Rejects Obama's Renewal Plan

    By Sarah Varney   SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California did not take President Obama up on his offer to extend canceled health policies.  The five-member board that oversees California’s health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California, voted unanimously Thursday to stay the course and cancel pol

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  10. Can Insurers Cancel Grandfathered Plans?

    By Michelle Andrews Q. I have a question about the grandfathered status of my health insurance. I have had this individual policy since 2005 and have paid the premium continuously. Does the insurer have the right to terminate the plan? A. Yes, it does have that right. An insurer generally can’t sing

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