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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Q&A: Canceled Insurance Policies May Be Restored

    Nov. 18, 2013 -- Under a policy shift announced by President Obama this week, insurance companies will be allowed to renew several million health insurance policies they had canceled or were planning to cancel by the end of 2013. The policies in question don’t cover the range of benefits required by

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  7. Florida Regulator, Blues Plan Agree To Insurance Fix Proposed By Obama

    By Phil Galewitz Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he will allow insurers to adopt President Barack Obama’s plan to extend current policies facing cancellation so that consumers can keep the coverage they have now. In fact, he was permitting plans to do that months before the preside

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  8. Affordable Care QA: Can Web Site Be Fixed in Time?

    By Jay Hancock By Phil Galewitz Hope that the health law’s online insurance marketplaces will work well enough to enroll millions this fall had already faded before the administration disclosed results Wednesday. News that only 27,000 had signed up for private coverage on the federally run marketpla

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  9. Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan . . . For a Year

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Bending to political pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a plan to allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for another year, even if that coverage would have been cancelled because it fails to

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  10. Give Private Info to Health Insurers to Save Money?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans say they'd submit to insurance company medical tests and lifestyle monitoring in exchange for lower-cost premiums, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds. The poll of more than 2,000 adults found that a maj

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