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    1. Unfavorable Views Of Health Law Spike: Poll

      By Jordan Rau The health law’s unpopularity among the public rose sharply in July with a surge of disapproval from people who had been agnostic about it in recent months, a poll released Friday shows. The law is as unpopular as it has been since it was enacted four years ago. The poll from the Kaise

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    2. 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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    3. TN Insurer: Monopoly Delivers Bargain Premiums

      By Jordan Rau CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The dominion of Tennessee’s largest health insurer is reflected in its headquarters’ lofty perch above the city, atop a hill that during the Civil War was lined with Union cannons to repel Confederate troops. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has used its position

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    4. Florida's Largest Insurer Raising Exchange Rates

      By Phil Galewitz Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, is increasing premiums by an average of 17.6 percent for its Affordable Care Act exchange plans next year, company officials say. The nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate blames higher health costs as a result of attracting

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    5. Good News On California ACA Rates. But Why?

      By Lisa Aliferis, KQED After years of double-digit rate hikes in health insurance premiums, California will see average increases of 4.2 percent in 2015 for people who purchase insurance through the Covered California exchange, the state's Obamacare marketplace. It’s good news for consumers, but two

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    6. Cleveland's Early Medicaid Expansion Paying Off

      By Sarah Jane Tribble, WCPN Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago she gained Medicaid coverage. "It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People don't realize how important and how special it is to have insurance to be able to go see a doctor on a

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    7. Survey: Progress In Enrolling California Uninsured

      By Anna Gorman A significant portion of previously uninsured Californians gained medical coverage through the nation’s health care law – about six in 10 during the state’s first open enrollment, according to a survey released Wednesday. All told, about 3.4 million people who didn’t have health insur

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    8. Survey Finds 1 In 5 Uninsured Don’t Want Coverage

      By Phil Galewitz Though millions of people gained health coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, millions more remain unaware of their options or have no interest in getting insured, a new survey has found. Among those who were uninsured last year and remain uninsured, only 59 per

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    9. Limitations Of New Health Plans Rankle Some Enrollees

      By Julie Appleby Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live 2,000 miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won’t take their insurance now, even though they haven’t changed insurers. “They said, ‘We take the old plan, but not the new one,’” says Perez, an attorney in Pal

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    10. Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

      By Phil Galewitz About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The estimate of newly insured adults —

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