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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. More Employers Moving to These Health Plans

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds. The shift to high-deductible

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    4. Hospitals Seek To Help With Obamacare Premiums

      By Julie Appleby Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way. Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their share of the costs of government-subsidized pol

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    5. Some Employers To Offer Low-Benefit 'Skinny' Plans

      By Jay Hancock Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements for value and affordability. Many thought such low-benefit "skinny plans" would be history once the health law was fully implem

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    6. Fast Track For Primary Care Docs At CA University

      By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio Some doctors in the state of California will soon be able to practice after three years of medical school instead of the traditional four. The American Medical Association is providing seed money for the effort in the form of a $1 million, five-year grant t

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    7. Short-Term Health Plans: Relief, But With Gaps

      By Michelle Andrews Consumers who missed open enrollment on the state health insurance marketplaces this spring or who are waiting for employer coverage to start don’t have to "go bare." Short-term policies that last from 30 days up to a year can help bridge the gap and offer some protection from un

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    8. Survey: Insurance Rates Lag In Holdout States

      By Eric Whitney A Gallup poll released Tuesday says that the Affordable Care Act is significantly increasing the number of Americans with health insurance, especially in states that are embracing the law. It echoes previous Gallup surveys, and similar findings by the Urban Institute and RAND Corp. T

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    9. Obamacare Creates 'Upheaval' At Free Clinics

      By Phil Galewitz WHEELING, W.Va. - Without insurance, Pam Milliken relied for years on the free health clinic here to help manage her arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes. When she needed to have her gallbladder removed, the clinic, located in a former State Farm Insurance building, found her

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    10. Patients Soliciting Bids From Doctors Online

      By Sandra G. Boodman Francisco Velazco couldn't wait any longer. For several years, the 35-year-old Seattle handyman had searched for an orthopedic surgeon who would reconstruct the torn ligament in his knee for a price he could afford. Out of work because of the pain and unable to scrape together $

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