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    1. Study: Limited Competition Raised Obamacare Prices

      By Jay Hancock Many insurers only dipped a toe into the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces for their first year. Cigna, one of the country’s largest insurers, offered 2014 plans to individuals in fewer than half a dozen states. Humana is only in a little more than a dozen states. The biggest

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    2. Survey: Many Women Unaware How Health Law Benefits Them

      By Lisa Gillespie A large number of women face significant barriers to health care, and while the health law will likely help them get services, some are unaware of the benefits already in effect, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially inde

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    3. Gaps In Kids' Dental Coverage A Trouble Spot

      By Marissa Evans No one wants to go to the dentist, but kids need to. A small cavity left to fester can grow into a big health problem. That’s why the government made pediatric dental care one of the health law’s “essential benefits.” But new data suggest the law is failing to fully deliver on its p

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    4. Medicare Reverses Denial Of Costly Treatment For Hepatitis C Patient

      By Richard Knox Walter Bianco, an Arizona man denied access to new drugs to cure his hepatitis C infection, will get the costly medications after all. Late Tuesday, Bianco’s doctor got word that the earlier denials had been reversed – an unusually fast turnaround for the agency. “I am very pleased t

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    5. Old-Fashioned Company With New-Fangled Problem: Obamacare

      By Sarah Jane Tribble, Ideastream CLEVELAND - AmeriMark Direct started its mail order catalog business here in the 1960s, and for decades, everyone assumed that health insurance came with the job. These days, the 700-employee company doesn’t assume anything. The old-fashioned mail-order catalog comp

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    6. What Surge? Nation’s Primary Care System Holding Up Well So Far Under Obamacare

      By Phil Galewitz The headlines were ominous: Good luck finding a doctor under Obamacare. Not enough doctors for newly insured. Obamacare, doctor shortage could crash health system. Despite these dire predictions, the nation’s primary care system is handling the increased number of insured patients w

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    7. Medicare Struggling With Hepatitis-C Cure Costs

      By Richard Knox UPDATE, 5/15/14: Medicare Reverses Denial Of Costly Treatment For Hepatitis C Patient Walter Bianco has had hepatitis-C for 40 years, and his time is running out. "The liver is at the stage next to becoming cirrhotic," the 65-year-old Arizona contractor says. Cirrhosis is severe scar

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    8. States’ Medicaid Decisions Leave Health Centers, Patients In Lurch

      By Phil Galewitz More than 1 million patients who use federally funded community health centers will remain uninsured because they live in one of 24 states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released Friday by researchers at George Washington Univer

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    9. Insurers: Sizeable Majority Has Paid Premiums

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A significant majority of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have completed the final step of enrollment by paying their first month's premium, insurers told a Congressional commi

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    10. Castellani: Health Law’s Cost-Sharing Could Limit Patient Access To Prescription Drugs

      By Mary Agnes Carey Enrollees in some of the health law’s most popular plans will face high cost-sharing requirements that the pharmaceutical industry says could keep patients from getting the drugs they need. Most silver plans in the online marketplaces, or exchanges, require patients to pay for pr

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