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  1. Almost 15% of Americans Still Uninsured: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- As the final phase of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called "Obamacare," begins, a new report shows that more than 45 million Americans still don't have health insurance. As troubling as that number may seem, it rep

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  2. How to Choose Vision Insurance

    If you wear glasses or contacts, you'll know there's a hefty price tag for keeping your vision clear. The average cost of frames and lenses alone is over $250. But a vision care plan can help make eye care more affordable. You may get vision care coverage through your employer, or you may purchase i

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  3. Getting Health Insurance: It's a Marathon

    By Anna Gorman Every day for weeks, Kathleen Bayly checked the mailbox at her Pleasanton, Calif., home for the bill from her new insurance company. But Bayly, 61, who signed up in November for health coverage through California's insurance marketplace, didn’t receive anything from Anthem Blue Cross.

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  4. State Health Insurance Marketplace Web Sites

    Here are the web sites and phone numbers for every state health insurance Marketplace. For states where the federal government runs the Marketplace, the phone number and web site are for Healthcare.gov. Alabama Health Insurance Marketplace 800-318-2596   Alaska Health Insurance Marketplace 800-318-2

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  5. Californians Continuing To Flock To New Insurance Exchange

    By Anna Gorman Nearly a third of the enrollees – 49,700 – ­­­ completed their applications during the first week of December. “The momentum is very positive,” Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said during a press conference in Los Angeles. “That momentum is not stopping. It’s buil

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  6. White House Still Trying to Ease Obamacare Issues

    By Phil Galewitz Updated at 10 p.m. About 85,000 people with a history of serious illnesses, who are enrolled in high-risk insurance pools created under the health care law, will get a month’s reprieve before they lose that coverage. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) — scheduled to cl

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  7. Retirees With Insurance Can Explore Marketplace

    By Michelle Andrews Q. My wife and I are retired, and we’re both under 65. We have health insurance through my previous employer’s retiree-only plan. In 2014, the premium for our coverage will double, to 13.3 percent of our income. But since coverage for me alone would “only” cost 6.7 percent of our

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  8. Marketplace Plans’ Networks Are Very Small, Study Finds

    By Julie Appleby To keep premium prices down for individuals and small businesses buying coverage through new online marketplaces, insurers have created smaller networks of hospitals. But consumers and policy experts have wondered, just how small? Turns out, many are very small. “About two-thirds of

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  9. 'Obamacare' Helping Young Adults Get Insurance

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- More young adults have health insurance now than three years ago. And many of them are getting that coverage under a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows them to stay on their parents' health policies unti

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  10. 110,000 Sign Up With Healthcare.gov in Nov.

    By Phil Galewitz Mary Hualde, a navigator in Utah helping people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, says healthcare.gov is finally working smoothly enough for her clients to enroll. “It’s like a new world,” Hualde said this week about the Web portal that became the butt of jokes and

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