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    1. Obamacare Help Was In High Demand, Survey Shows

      By Jenny Gold Most working people in the U.S. sign up for health insurance in a very straightforward way: a few forms, a few questions for human resources, a few choices of plans. Signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance was nothing like that. It involved questions about income, taxes, family si

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    2. The Latest In Medical Convenience: ER Appointments

      By Anna Gorman By Victoria Colliver Scott Paul knew he needed to head to the emergency room on a recent Sunday after his foot became so painful he couldn't walk. The one thing that gave him pause was the thought of having to wait several hours next to a bunch of sick people. But his wife, Jeannette,

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    3. 2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' in Federal Insurance Applications

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. reports suggest it's possible that people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on the federal government's health care website -- or state websites in California and Connecticut --

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    4. Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Injuries

      By Jordan Rau During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in

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    5. Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans

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    6. U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report

      June 18, 2014 -- The United States' health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue. The nonprofit group said that while Americans spend much more per person on medical care, they are less healthy than peopl

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    7. 'Obamacare' May Mean Healthier Young Adults

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a large study suggests. Having that c

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    8. Obamacare Credited For Big Drop In Minnesota’s Uninsured Rate

      By Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio The website malfunctioned. The exchange chief was fired. And many people had to sign up the old fashioned way: pen, paper, with a person. So, Minnesota’s launch of the Affordable Care Act was a clear failure, right? Not so much. A less modest state might

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    9. Patients Struggle to Learn Health Insurance Lingo

      By Anna Gorman As soon as Deb Emerson, a former high school teacher from Oroville, Calif., bought a health plan in January through the state’s insurance exchange, she felt overwhelmed. She couldn’t figure out what was covered and what wasn’t. Why weren’t her anti-depressant medications included? Why

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    10. What’s At Stake For Birth Control In Upcoming SCOTUS Decision

      By Julie Rovner One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term will may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contrace

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