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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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