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  1. California Caps What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

    By April Dembosky, KQED Expensive specialty medicines used to treat cancer and chronic illnesses have forced some very ill Americans to choose between getting proper treatment and paying their rent. To ease the financial burden, the California agency that governs the state’s Affordable Care Act mark

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  2. Decision May Cripple N.C. Health Insurance Market

    By Michael Tomsic, WFAE CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Roughly half a million North Carolinians could soon lose money they depend on for health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule soon on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It governs federal subsidies for insurance in states like North Carolina that

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  3. CBO: 19 Million Uninsured If Health Law Repealed

    By Phil Galewitz Repealing the federal health law would add an additional 19 million to the ranks of the uninsured in 2016 and increase the federal deficit over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The report is the first time CBO has analyzed the costs of the health law usi

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  4. Four Words In Health Law Divide The Supreme Court

    By Stuart Taylor Jr. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue a decision this month in a case that could again threaten a key aspect of President Barack Obama’s health law. But this time around, unlike three years ago when the court rejected a constitutional challenge to the law’s individual mandat

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  5. Some Face Key Gap in Obamacare Women’s Coverage

    By Michelle Andrews Having a baby is a common women’s health event, yet insurance coverage isn’t always assured. Although the federal government recently clarified that many insurance plans must cover prenatal care as a preventive service without charging women anything out of pocket, it didn’t addr

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  6. Is The Uninsured Rate The Lowest Ever?

    By Julie Rovner Almost no one disputes that the implementation of the federal health law has helped Americans who were previously uninsured gain coverage. But exactly how much has the uninsured rate dropped? A whole lot, says President Barack Obama. “Nearly one in three uninsured Americans have alre

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  7. Some Insured Still Skip Care Because Of High Costs

    By Jim Burress, WABE A key goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help people get health insurance who may have not been able to pay for it before. But the most popular plans – those with low monthly premiums – also have high deductibles and copays. And that can leave medical care still out of reach

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  8. Many Poor Still Unaware Of Obamacare Options

    By Phil Galewitz Even in Kentucky, which championed the 2010 health care law by expanding Medicaid and running its own insurance marketplace, about half of poor people say they have heard little about the Affordable Care Act, according to a Harvard University study published Monday in Health Affairs

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  9. What’s At Stake When The Supreme Court Rules On Health Plan Subsidies

    By Julie Rovner and Mary Agnes Carey Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of federal tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don’t get it through an employer. If the court rules against the Obama

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  10. New Preventive Services to Get No-Cost Coverage

    By Michelle Andrews The list continued to grow of preventive services that people are entitled to receive without paying anything out of pocket. In 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended two new services and tweaked a handful of others that had previously been recommended. Under t

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