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    1. California To Launch Medicaid-Funded Teledentistry

      By Daniela Hernandez California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that would require Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor, to pay for dental services delivered by teams of hygienists and dentists connected through the Internet. California is among the first states to la

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    2. Texas, Florida Expand Medicaid – For Kids

      By Phil Galewitz Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children. Those states were among 21 – including some big Democratic-led states, such as California -- that

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    3. Debate Grows Over Plans Without Hospital Benefits

      By Jay Hancock Lance Shnider is confident Obamacare regulators knew exactly what they were doing when they created an online calculator that gives a green light to new employer coverage without hospital benefits. “There’s not a glitch in this system,” said Shnider, president of Voluntary Benefits Ag

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    4. Number Of Marketplace Insurers To Rise 25%: HHS

      By Mary Agnes Carey This story was updated at 5:40 p.m. The number of health insurance companies offering plans in the marketplaces this fall will increase by 25 percent, giving consumers more choices for coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday. When the market

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    5. Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

      By Jenny Gold LONDON, KY. -- David Combs has been a health insurance broker in this small city in central Kentucky for more than 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he read it cover to cover. Then he “panicked” and sold his agency. The mainstay of his business had been selling coverag

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    6. For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

      By Michelle Andrews It’s getting easier for parents of young children with autism to get insurers to cover a pricey treatment called applied behavioral analysis. Once kids turn 21, however, it’s a different ballgame entirely. Many states have mandates that require insurers to cover this therapy, but

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    7. CA To Broaden Kids' Medicaid Autism Coverage

      By Daniela Hernandez Maria Cruz had never heard the word autism until her daughter, Shirley, was diagnosed as a toddler. “I felt a knot in my brain. I didn’t know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn’t have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-i

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    8. Health Law: Little Effect On Kids' Uninsured Rate

      By Michelle Andrews The uninsured rate for kids under age 18 hasn’t budged under the health law, according to a new study, even though they’re subject to the law’s requirement to have insurance just as their parents and older siblings are. Many of those children are likely eligible for coverage unde

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    9. Family Premiums Rise Modestly For 3rd Year: Survey

      By Julie Appleby Premiums for job-based insurance rose modestly for the third consecutive year, reflecting slowed spending, even as key elements of the federal health care law went into effect. Family premiums rose 3 percent in 2014, one of the lowest increases tracked since the Kaiser Family Founda

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    10. Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, but it doesn't make health insurance affordable for everyone in the United States, a new study suggests. Older adults who earn just a little bit too much to qualify for fed

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