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  1. Another Obamacare Delay for Business

    By Jay Hancock By Julie Appleby By Mary Agnes Carey On Monday the Obama administration announced another delay in rolling out the Affordable Care Act, weakening the requirement to offer coverage next year for large employers and postponing it for smaller ones. Here’s what it means. There have been o

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  2. Florida Moves To Manage Health Care For Foster Kids

    By Marissa Evans Chris and Alicia Johnson have 10 kids -- three biological, five adopted out of foster care and two foster children -- all under one roof on the outskirts of Orlando, Fla. While providing love, support and encouragement for their foster kids, they’ve sometimes run into roadblocks try

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  3. The 10 Least Expensive Health Insurance Markets In The U.S.

    By Jordan Rau People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than what insurers in the country’s most expensive places are charging. The 10 regions with the

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  4. In Mass., Getting Prices in Advance Not Easy

    By Martha Bebinger, WBUR Here’s an essential question: Is it possible to actually list prices for childbirth, MRIs, stress tests and other medical procedures? And will patients, armed with health care prices, begin to shop around for where (and when) they “buy” care? Massachusetts is trying to find

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  5. Rocky Mountain High Insurance Prices Rankle Ski Towns

    By Eric Whitney Colorado Insurance Commissioner Margeurite Salazar has been getting an earful about high health insurance premiums in pockets of the state since prices she approved were unveiled Oct. 1. She is under increasing pressure to do something about them now that part of Colorado has been id

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  6. Health Reform Differs Across States: Report

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Californians' experience with health reform is probably very different from that of, say, the citizens of Texas. California is one of 10 states that have done the most to roll out provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a

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  7. In Southwest Georgia, Insurance Costs Run High

    By Jordan Rau ALBANY, Ga. — If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405. But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in Southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his fa

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  8. Health Law Is A Tough Sell To Uninsured

    By Jordan Rau Uninsured Americans — the people that the Affordable Care Act was designed to most aid — are increasingly critical of the law as its key provisions kick in, a poll released Thursday finds. This month’s tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of the uninsur

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  9. Higher Hospital Costs May Not Mean Better Care

    By Jordan Rau A study of autoworker claims found that hospitals with the highest prices tended to have the strongest reputations and tight holds on their local markets yet showed little evidence of providing better quality care. The actual prices insurers pay hospitals are closely guarded secrets in

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  10. To Schedule a Doctor's Visit, Get in Line

    By Jenny Gold Need to see a doctor? You may have to wait. A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the country, which was taken before the health law expanded coverage, found that the average wait time for a new patient to see a physician in five medical specialties was 18.5 d

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