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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of ACA Subsidies

      By Julie Rovner Updated at 2:30 p.m. Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans. In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals

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    8. Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

      By Mary Agnes Carey On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people: the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court d

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    9. Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

      By Susan Jaffe In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescripti

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    10. Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law

      By Carrie Feibel, KUHF In just over the past year, the number of abortion clinics in Texas fell from 41 to 20, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September. Many of those closed because of the requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a ce

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