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  1. Health Insurers Extend Payment Deadline

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The health insurance industry announced Wednesday that the payment deadline for those who buy health insurance through state and federal exchanges under the final provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Ob

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  2. Study: It’s All Healthy People — Not Just Young Adults — Who Are Critical To ACA Success

    By Jay Hancock Pushing back against those who warn that low levels of younger subscribers could threaten coverage sold under the health law, analysts for the Kaiser Family Foundation say enrollment of young adults “is not as important as conventional wisdom suggests.” Even if insurance pools contain

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. What Kind of Dental Coverage Do You Need?

    If you want to get dental insurance, you'll find a lot of plans to choose from. The options may seem overwhelming, but there are some easy ways to find the coverage you need. Most Americans with dental insurance get their coverage from an employer, rather than buying insurance individually, accordin

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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