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  1. Several Factors Hobbled MNsure From the Start

    By Elizabeth Stawicki By Catharine Richert, MPRNews Using MNsure should have been easy for Becky Fink. As a local clinic director, she'd been trained by the state’s new health insurance exchange on how to help people sign up online. But the site never worked for her even though she "tried, tried, ma

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  2. Obamacare Signup Reaches 4.2 Million

    By Phil Galewitz About 4.2 million Americans have signed up for private health plans through the end of February via the online insurance marketplaces established by the federal health law -- with enrollment jumping by nearly 1 million people last month, the Obama administration said Tuesday. But th

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  3. Medicare Officials Back Away From Changes To Prescription Drug Plan

    By Mary Agnes Carey Facing heavy bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill as well as from patient groups, businesses, insurers and others, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Monday it did not plan to move ahead “at this time” with several proposed changes to the Medicare prescription dru

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  4. 2014 Deadline for Obamacare Getting Close

    By Michelle Andrews People who got off to a rough start with Obamacare or have yet to pick a plan still have options— but only if they move quickly before the open enrollment period ends on March 31. Those who were unable to sign up for a marketplace plan because of the glitches with federal or stat

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  5. White House Extends Private Coverage 2 Years

    By Mary Agnes Carey The Obama administration on Wednesday released a broad set of regulatory changes to the health law that would give some consumers additional time to stay in plans that do not comply with all its coverage requirements and all consumers more time to enroll in coverage come 2015. In

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  6. Health Law Provides No Guarantees Of Access To Midwives, Birthing Centers

    By Michelle Andrews Insurance coverage for maternity care is required in most individual and small group plans under the federal health law, extending such coverage to plans where it used to be rare. But for women who are interested in services provided by midwives and birthing centers, there are no

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  7. 3 Key Changes in Medicare Part D Proposal

    By Mary Agnes Carey The Obama administration is proposing several changes to the Medicare drug program, also known as Part D. They range from new limits on the number of plans insurers could offer consumers to new rules about what drugs those plans must cover. The plan also would prohibit exclusion

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  8. Conn. Tries to Sell Its Obamacare Success

    By Jeff Cohen, WNPR Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Access Health CT, is walking through the 15th floor of a downtown Hartford office building that houses Connecticut's health insurance marketplace. He passes the legal department, the IT folks and the consultants, then stops in front of three large, wall

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  9. 'Obamacare' Enrollment Reaches 4 Million

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 4 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces since October, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. With almost five weeks remaini

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  10. Obamacare Adds One More Step for Doctors

    By Jenny Gold Sheila Lawless is the office manager at a small rheumatology practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, about two hours outside of Dallas. She makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly – scheduling patients, collecting payments, keeping the lights on. Recently she added another duty--in

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