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  1. The Overlooked Obamacare Sales Force: Hospitals

    By Jay Hancock As community groups, brokers and insurers prepare to recruit members for medical plans that go on sale in October under the health law, nobody has a bigger financial stake in their success than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign consumers up for the Obamacare insurance marketp

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  2. Insurance Exchange Outreach In Connecticut Goes Far Afield

    By Jeff Cohen, WNPR Across Connecticut, you can see billboards and television ads, hear radio spots and get pamphlets, all about how to get insurance under the new federal health law starting Oct. 1. But the state also is spending big bucks on less traditional ways to get the word out. So at beaches

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  3. 7 Surprising Things About the Affordable Care Act

    Sept. 13, 2013 -- The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, already has brought big changes to the U.S. health care system. You may have gotten a refund check from your health insurance company, for example. Or maybe the last time you visited your doctor you weren’t charged for some preventi

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  4. Obamacare Insurance Co-ops At The Starting Gate

    By Jay Hancock They have rented offices and zero customers. All their capital is borrowed. They’re trying to sign the kind of expensive, chronically ill individuals  that insurers have avoided for decades. In three weeks they face mighty competitors with a hundred times the resources. But the 24 ins

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  5. Colorado Exchange Watchdog Likes What It Sees

    By Eric Whitney Colorado lawmakers overseeing the set-up of the state’s health insurance exchange are generally pleased with how it’s going, but they are worried some residents will still be “left out in the cold,” without insurance even if the exchange works well. Colorado is one of 16 states and t

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  6. Minnesota Says Its Marketpace Rates Are Nation’s Lowest So Far

    By Elizabeth Stawicki and Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace, state Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said Friday. Rothman said Minn

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  7. Health Insurance Premiums Will be Competitive

    There will be numerous options for Americans trying to find lower insurance premiums under the health care law, according to two independent private studies. Government tax credits would lower the cost of a benchmark "silver" policy to about $190 a month for a single person who earns about $29,000 a

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  8. Ravens To Host Maryland Insurance Exchange Ads

    By Jay Hancock Updated 8:15 pm Tuesday. The National Football League backed away from promoting Obamacare insurance marketplaces this summer after a sharp warning from Republicans. But the Baltimore Ravens seem to have stepped - or at least edged - into the gap. By including health insurance ads on

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  9. FAQ: How Will The Individual Mandate Work?

    By Alvin Tran The federal health law's individual mandate, one of the key building blocks of the insurance overhaul, remains controversial as the October start date approaches for enrolling in new online marketplaces. Individuals who don't get insurance through work will shop for insurance on these

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  10. IRS Same-Sex Ruling Has Implications For Health Law

    By Mary Agnes Carey Thursday’s announcement that the federal government will give the same tax treatment to legally married same-sex couples as they do to heterosexual couples may have ripple effects for the 2010 health care law. The decision from the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Ser

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