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    1. Average 2015 Exchange Premiums Decline Slightly

      By Jay Hancock In preliminary but encouraging news for consumers and taxpayers, insurance filings show that average premiums will decline slightly next year in 16 major cities for a benchmark Obamacare plan. Prices for a benchmark “silver” or mid-priced plan sold through the health law’s online mark

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    2. Consumers To Hear Soon If Plans Are Canceled

      By Michelle Andrews Consumers may soon find a surprise in their mailbox: a notice that their health plan is being canceled. Last year, many consumers who thought their health plans would be canceled because they didn’t meet the standards of the health law got a reprieve. Following stinging criticism

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    3. Health Care Spending Forecast To Increase Modestly

      By Mary Agnes Carey National health spending will increase modestly over the next decade, propelled in part by the gradual rebound of the U.S. economy and the growing ranks of Americans who became insured under the health law, government actuaries projected Wednesday. But those growth rates are not

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    4. States To Help Pay Obamacare Tax On Insurers

      By Phil Galewitz When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers. But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 -- the first time the

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    5. Birth Control Rules Seem To Track Court Suggestion

      By Julie Rovner Those who favor women being guaranteed no-cost birth control coverage under their health insurance say the new rules for nonprofit religious organizations issued by the Obama administration simply put into force what the Supreme Court suggested last month. “We interpret what [the adm

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    6. Feds Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

      By Michelle Andrews When Yuri Maldonado's 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California’s Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough. Medi-Cal, as California's plan is called, does provide coverage of auti

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    7. Some Insurers Still Refuse To Cover Contraceptives

      By Michelle Andrews How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they’ll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut? Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy

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    8. Are Your Medical Records Vulnerable To Theft?

      By Eric Whitney A decade ago almost all doctors kept paper charts on every patient. That is changing quickly as laptops become as common as stethoscopes in exam rooms. Recent hacking attacks have raised questions about how safe that data may be. Here are some frequently asked questions about this ev

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    9. Rethinking Charity For Those Declining Coverage

      By Julie Appleby As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t. The move is prompted by concerns that offering free or discounted care to low-incom

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    10. HMO, PPO, EPO: What Health Plan Is Best?

      By Michelle Andrews What’s in a name? When it comes to health plans sold on the individual market, these days it’s often less than people think. The lines that distinguish HMOs, PPOs, EPOs and POS plans from one another have blurred, making it hard to know what you’re buying by name alone--assuming

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