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  1. White House Boosts Insurance Coverage for Mental Illness

    By Steven Reinberg and Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporters FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials unveiled long-awaited rules Friday that require insurance companies to cover treatment for mental illnesses and addiction the same way they cover physical illnesses. Secretary o

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  2. Sebelius Boosts Affordable Care Act

    Nov. 8, 2013 -- Kathleen Sebelius, the beleaguered Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), tried to put a better face on the rocky rollout of the HealthCare.gov web site during two stops in Atlanta on Friday. During her visit, Sebelius announced new rules that will boost ment

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  3. Affordable Care Act: 17 Million Can Get Subsidies

    By Mary Agnes Carey Seventeen million people who are now uninsured or who buy their own health insurance will be eligible for tax credits next year to help purchase coverage on the health law’s online marketplaces or exchanges, according to an analysis released Tuesday. More than a third of those pe

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  4. Lack of Competition, High Rates in Alabama

    By Jay Hancock MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The letters landed in early October, cancelling health plans for thousands of BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama members and offering to enroll them in new coverage at often substantially higher cost. "I thought my plan might go up like $30. I didn't know it was going

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  5. On Some Plans, Providers Are Limited

    By Fred Mogul, WNYC Consumers shopping for coverage on the new health insurance exchanges have been focused on the lowest-cost options. But some shoppers are trying to determine which plans offer the widest array of doctors and hospitals - and are finding that can be trickier than it sounds. John Ba

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  6. Oregon Exchange Still Struggling

    By Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting As the federal government consumes humble pie over failures in the health insurance exchanges, some states that have set up their own exchanges are also struggling. Oregon has yet to enroll one single person, and it's been reduced to pawing throug

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  7. Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable' for 'Debacle'

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the failed rollout of HealthCare.gov and committed to fixing the website's many software and system problems. "I am as frust

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  8. Affordable Care Act: Cancellations Explained

    By Julie Appleby News that health insurers are ending the policies of what could be millions of Americans has rattled consumers and added to the debate over the health care law. If you or a family member has been notified that your individual policy is being cancelled at year’s end, you may be stunn

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  9. Affordable Care Act Navigators Bypass Glitches

    Nov. 1, 2013 -- The serious problems that plague the federal Affordable Care Act web site have thrown thousands of health insurance "navigators" into uncharted waters. These designated helpers are making do by turning to handwritten applications, telephone hotlines, and outreach efforts, say officia

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  10. Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Web Site Woes

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- The head of the federal agency responsible for HealthCare.gov issued a public apology Tuesday for problems that have plagued the health insurance website since its Oct. 1 launch. "I want to apologize to you that the website h

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