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    A Guide to Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act

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    1. As CA Expands Medicaid, Some Are Dropped

      By Jenny Gold When it comes to expanding health coverage to its poorest residents, California could be taking two steps forward and one step back. Even as the state celebrates its enrollment of more than 2.7 million low-income Californians in Medi-Cal in 2014, it may drop an unusually high number of

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    2. Insurance Exchanges Launch With Few Glitches

      By Phil Galewitz and Anna Gorman A Los Angeles furniture store worker who had never had health insurance enrolled in a plan for $75 a month that will cover both him and his son. An unemployed accountant in Charlotte, N.C., who tried and failed to sign up last year found coverage for $11.75 a month.

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    3. Red State Idaho Launches Obamacare Exchange

      By Phil Galewitz Idaho on Saturday becomes the latest state to launch its own health insurance exchange under the federal health law, with marketplace officials promising an easier shopping experience for consumers and greater responsiveness to insurance agents. But the exchange, yourhealthidaho.org

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    4. Watch Enrollment Calendar To Avoid Penalties

      By Michelle Andrews Mind the gap. When the 2015 open enrollment period begins on Nov. 15 for plans sold on the individual market, consumers should act promptly to avoid a gap in coverage. Failing to do so could not only leave you exposed to unexpected medical bills—hello, appendicitis!—but you could

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    5. Insurance Open Enrollment Round 2: What to Expect

      Nov. 10, 2014 -- As we head into the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, consumers will see a revamped Healthcare.gov that government officials say will be easier to use. But with provisions of the law set to take effect for the first time this year, new challenges also lie

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    6. Republicans Take Senate, Will Take on ACA Again

      Nov. 5, 2014 -- In a midterm election with many implications for health care, Republicans pulled off their expected takeover of the Senate, which they hope will enable them to rewrite the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even if they can't repeal it outright. Republicans already were in control of the Hou

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    7. U.S. Ranks Last in This Among Wealthy Nations

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system ranks dead last compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to affordability and patient access, according to a new survey. The 2013 survey of the American health care landscape was c

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    8. Americans Distrust Medical Profession in Survey

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are less trusting of the medical profession than people in many other countries -- even though they often like their own doctor, a new report finds. Based on data from an international health care survey, the Uni

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    9. ACA Little-Known to Some as 2nd Enrollment Nears

      By Mary Agnes Carey Health law? What health law? Almost nine of 10 uninsured Americans – the group most likely to benefit — don’t know that the law’s second open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, according to a poll released Tuesday. Two-thirds of the uninsured say they know “only a little” or “noth

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    10. More Plans Setting Limits On Some Medical Services

      By Michelle Andrews Aiming to contain health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are adopting a strategy that limits how much they’ll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements, lab tests and complex imaging. A recent study found that savings from such moves may be

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