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  1. More Than 2 Million People Have Signed Up for 'Obamacare'

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 2.2 million Americans had selected health plans through the federal and state marketplaces as of late December, and nearly one in four was a young adult, the Obama administration disclosed Monday. "The numbers sho

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  2. Many Americans Haven't Checked Out Health Insurance Marketplaces

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a rush to enroll in December, many Americans who may be eligible for health insurance through the new state and federal marketplaces haven't shopped for coverage, a new survey shows. About 24 percent of eligible

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  3. For High-Risk Women, Some Breast Cancer Drugs To Be Free

    By Phil Galewitz Starting next September, women at increased risk for breast cancer will be able to get some drugs shown to help prevent the disease without a co-pay, the Obama administration said Thursday. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  recommended last September that clinicians give medi

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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