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  1. HHS Extends Coverage For Patients In Federal High-Risk Pools

    By Mary Agnes Carey The tens of thousands of people with a history of serious illnesses who are enrolled in high-risk insurance pools created under the health care law will have an additional two months -- until March 31 -- before they lose that coverage, the Department of Health and Human Services

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  2. Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under Obamacare

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's still time to enroll in a health insurance plan through one of the Affordable Care Act's new online marketplaces. And if you sign up by Wednesday, you'll have coverage starting next month. Open enrollment for 201

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  3. More Than 2 Million People Have Signed Up for 'Obamacare'

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 2.2 million Americans had selected health plans through the federal and state marketplaces as of late December, and nearly one in four was a young adult, the Obama administration disclosed Monday. "The numbers sho

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  4. Many Americans Haven't Checked Out Health Insurance Marketplaces

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a rush to enroll in December, many Americans who may be eligible for health insurance through the new state and federal marketplaces haven't shopped for coverage, a new survey shows. About 24 percent of eligible

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  5. For High-Risk Women, Some Breast Cancer Drugs To Be Free

    By Phil Galewitz Starting next September, women at increased risk for breast cancer will be able to get some drugs shown to help prevent the disease without a co-pay, the Obama administration said Thursday. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended last September that clinicians give medic

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  6. Study: Supplemental Plans Raise Medicare Costs 22 Percent

    By Jay Hancock Restaurants know customers eat more at fixed-price buffets than when they pay à la carte. Economists have been saying for years that the same kind of behavior goes on in the federal Medicare program for seniors and the disabled. Supplemental "Medigap" plans shield millions from Medica

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  7. Maryland Plan Offers Retroactive Coverage Due To Sign-up Problems

    By Jay Hancock Dr. Peter Beilenson may be the only health insurance CEO who picks up the phone when reporters call. So Kaiser Health News bothers him a lot. We caught up with the boss of Maryland’s Evergreen Health Co-op late last week to learn how one insurer moved from Obamacare theory to Obamacar

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  8. Medicaid Use May Boost ER Visits: Study in Oregon

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals that Oregon residents covered by Medicaid -- the publicly funded health insurance program for the poor -- are 40 percent more likely to use emergency rooms than people with no insurance. This finding

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  9. Law Calls for Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

    There may be a lot more counting of calories when people buy snacks from vending machines or order food in certain restaurants under rules currently being crafted as part of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. Once the regulations are in place, calorie information will have to be displayed o

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  10. Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reports Surge

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 29, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- After a disastrous introduction back in October, the federal government's insurance coverage website saw a surge of enrollments in December, government officials said Sunday. More than 1.1 million people e

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