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  1. Californians Continuing To Flock To New Insurance Exchange

    By Anna Gorman Nearly a third of the enrollees – 49,700 – ­­­ completed their applications during the first week of December. “The momentum is very positive,” Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said during a press conference in Los Angeles. “That momentum is not stopping. It’s buil

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  2. Retirees With Insurance Can Explore Marketplace

    By Michelle Andrews Q. My wife and I are retired, and we’re both under 65. We have health insurance through my previous employer’s retiree-only plan. In 2014, the premium for our coverage will double, to 13.3 percent of our income. But since coverage for me alone would “only” cost 6.7 percent of our

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  3. Marketplace Plans’ Networks Are Very Small, Study Finds

    By Julie Appleby To keep premium prices down for individuals and small businesses buying coverage through new online marketplaces, insurers have created smaller networks of hospitals. But consumers and policy experts have wondered, just how small? Turns out, many are very small. “About two-thirds of

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  4. White House Still Trying to Ease Obamacare Issues

    By Phil Galewitz Updated at 10 p.m. About 85,000 people with a history of serious illnesses, who are enrolled in high-risk insurance pools created under the health care law, will get a month’s reprieve before they lose that coverage. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) — scheduled to cl

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  5. 'Obamacare' Helping Young Adults Get Insurance

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- More young adults have health insurance now than three years ago. And many of them are getting that coverage under a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows them to stay on their parents' health policies unti

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  6. 110,000 Sign Up With in Nov.

    By Phil Galewitz Mary Hualde, a navigator in Utah helping people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, says is finally working smoothly enough for her clients to enroll. “It’s like a new world,” Hualde said this week about the Web portal that became the butt of jokes and

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  7. 7 Tips to Get Enrolled in Marketplace Insurance

    Dec. 9, 2013 -- Ready, set, try again. If you need to buy health insurance for 2014 through the federal government's web site,, you may already know this drill. The site has famously had a variety of technical failures during its rollout. But the bugs are being fixed, at least partial

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  8. Higher Income Affects Obamacare Subsidy

    By Michelle Andrews Q. If I’m unemployed at the beginning of the year and sign up for health insurance through my state’s health insurance exchange, I’d probably get a subsidy because my income would be low. But what happens if I get a job later in the year and start earning a good salary? Will I ha

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  9. Insurance Company Sells Obamacare on Bus Tour

    By Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Public Broadcasting In Mississippi, as in the 35 other states where is running the enrollment show, it hasn’t been easy to sign up for the health law’s new insurance options. That’s a political problem for Democrats and a personal problem for the uninsured

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  10. Some Insurance Plans Cut Doctor, Hospital Choices

    By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA – When Diane Shore got a letter that her health policy would be canceled, the small premium increase for a new plan didn’t bother her that much. What she’s really troubled by is: “My physicians will no longer be in this network of ph

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