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  1. Smokers and the Affordable Care Act: Q&A

    Aug. 27, 2013 -- The Affordable Care Act has ended some age-old health insurance practices such as denying people with pre-existing conditions. But it does allow insurance companies to charge people who use tobacco 50% more for their premiums. Supporters say the higher premiums make sense because sm

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  2. Colorado Announces Health Insurance Rates

    Aug. 22, 2013 -- Colorado has announced the rates for health insurance for individuals and small businesses through the state’s new Marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. The premiums vary widely because plans have different deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. For a 40-year-old nonsmoker who wan

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  3. Family Insurance Premiums Up For 2nd Year In Row

    By Julie Appleby For the second year in a row, health insurance premiums for job-based family coverage rose a relatively modest 4 percent, reflecting slowed health spending. Nonetheless, workers are likely to feel an increased pinch from health care costs:  More than a third have annual deductibles

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  4. Idaho’s GOP Governor Extols Exchange ‘Run By Idahoans For Idahoans’

    By Phil Galewitz Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, said he still hopes the federal health law gets repealed. But with some of the law’s biggest changes taking effect in less than six weeks, he sounded like a proud papa Tuesday in announcing the name of his state’s new online health insura

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  5. With A Nod To Billy Joel, N.Y. Brands Obamacare Marketplace

    By Phil Galewitz Some folks like to get away, Take a holiday from the neighborhood. Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood. But I’m takin’ a Greyhound on the Hudson River line. I’m in a New York state of mind … er … make that “New York State of Health.”  Playing off the title of Billy Joel’s ic

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  6. Persuading 'Young Invincibles' To Buy Obamacare Insurance

    By Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio News MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Robert Bauer is young, lean and healthy - just the kind of person the government wants to buy into its new online health insurance marketplaces. Bauer doesn't see the need. The 24 year old, a 2011 graduate of the University of M

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  7. Amid Expansion, Some States Trim Medicaid Rolls

    By Phil Galewitz While millions of adults nationwide will gain Medicaid coverage next year under the federal health law, more than 150,000 people could lose their coverage in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor as four states reduce eligibility. The states planning to make the cu

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  8. BlueCross Exits Utah's Small Business Exchange

    Aug. 19, 2013 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah has dropped out of the state's small business health insurance Marketplace (or Exchange), known as Avenue H. Regence declined to say why the company withdrew from the Marketplace, created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Utah runs its small bu

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  9. Health Insurance Navigator Groups Announced

    Aug. 16, 2013 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $67 million in grants to 105 organizations that will help people buy health insurance and understand their options in the new health insurance Marketplaces. The grants will go to health care providers, nonprofit organizat

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  10. Premiums Under Obamacare Run the Gamut

    Aug. 15, 2013 -- As the Oct. 1 launch of the new health insurance Marketplaces draws near, states are beginning to release the premiums that some Americans will pay starting in 2014. Depending on who you talk to, the numbers are great -- or grim -- and everything in between. Officials in Ohio are wa

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