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  1. 10 Things You Need for Marketplace Enrollment

    Oct. 4, 2013 -- Are you waiting to get access to the new health insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act? Since launching Oct. 1, the federal and state web sites that offer the plans have been overwhelmed by users, and many people have not been able to create accounts or get informa

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  2. Experts Suggest Software Problems, Not Just Demand, May Be Behind Marketplace Glitches

    By Jay Hancock By Phil Galewitz Updated at 9:18 a.m. Three insurance companies confirmed Thursday that they have enrolled customers through the federal online marketplace created by the health law, but the numbers were meager and signup frustration continued for many people. While completed signups

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  3. Mass. Health Law Cut Race Gap for Certain Surgeries: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks and Hispanics in Massachusetts became more likely to have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery on their appendix and gallbladder after the state's 2006 health care reforms expanded insurance coverage, a new study fin

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  4. Affordable Care Act: Your Top 8 Questions Answered

    Oct. 2, 2013 -- To help readers on Day 1 of open enrollment for the health insurance Marketplaces, WebMD hosted a live chat to answer their questions about the Affordable Care Act. While our expert panel fielded a range of subjects, the eight topics below came up most often. Our weekly series of liv

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  5. Affordable Care Act Costs Released For 36 States

    By Jordan Rau Consumers trying to price health insurance in the new federally run health marketplaces may have been having trouble getting through the government’s main web site,, but there’s a backdoor way to see the plans that are being offered in 36 states. The Department of Health

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  6. Health Insurance Marketplaces Open for Business

    Online health insurance Marketplaces offering coverage to uninsured Americans opened Tuesday in all 50 states to reports of widespread computer glitches that government officials scrambled to fix throughout the day. The long-anticipated launch was heralded by President Obama as a first-time opportun

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  7. Medicare, Medicaid To Keep Running Despite U.S. Government Shutdown

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday morning, U.S. officials said Medicare and Medicaid recipients and veterans will continue to receive health-care benefits. The shutdown also won't stop Tuesday's introd

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  8. First Affordable Care Act Premium Is Due Dec. 15

    By Phil Galewitz When consumers start shopping for coverage through new federally run health insurance exchanges on Tuesday, they will be asked dozens of questions before they are shown what health plans are available and how much they cost. Then, to finalize their enrollment, they must contact the

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  9. WebMD Resources for Affordable Care Act Enrollment

    Oct. 1, 2013 -- Today the online “doors” swing open on the new health insurance Marketplaces. In every state and in Washington, D.C., millions of uninsured Americans will be able to shop for and buy health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act. Despite years of preparation, that’s news t

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  10. Where You Live Affects Health Insurance Costs

    By Julie Appleby By Jordan Rau When buying health insurance, where you live matters. In Pennsylvania and more than a half dozen states, consumers in some cities will pay at least 50 percent more for the same type of coverage than their friends and relatives in other parts of the state. A 40-year-old

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