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  1. Americans Hear More About Health Law, But Not From Most-Trusted Sources

    By Jordan Rau The public’s awareness of new marketplaces is growing, but potential customers are getting much of their information about the health law from sources they don’t trust very much, � according to a poll released Wednesday. Starting Oct. 1, people lacking insurance can begin enrolling in

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  2. Obamacare a Big Help for Breast-feeding Moms

    By Lisa Stiffler, Seattle Times This story was produced in partnership with New moms crave information, whether it’s car-seat safety ratings, the pros and cons of pacifiers or how best to sooth a colicky infant. So it’s a little surprising that many moms aren’t up to speed on how the Affordable Care

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  3. Administration Releases New Rules To Implement Health Law’s Individual Mandate

    By Mary Agnes Carey As congressional Republicans push for a delay in the 2010 health law’s individual mandate, the Obama administration Tuesday announced final regulations implementing the requirement that most Americans have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1 or pay a fine. The document from the T

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  4. Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner Braces For Bumps In The Road

    By Eric Whitney Colorado, which is preparing for the Oct. 1 launch of its new online insurance marketplace, expects bumps in the road as residents start enrolling in new health coverage options created by the Affordable Care Act. “We’re going to have 500,000 new customers,” said Marguerite Salazar,

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  5. No Shopping Zone: Medicare Is Not Part Of New Insurance Marketplaces

    By Susan Jaffe While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage from the new online insurance marketplaces, officials are planning a campaign to convince millions of seniors to please stay away - don't call and don't sign up. "We want

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  6. Bare Bones Plans Expected To Survive Health Law

    By Jay Hancock By Julie Appleby Consumer Reports calls it “junk health insurance.” A California regulator described them as “skeleton policies.” To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they “are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.” They are bare-bones health plans, and

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  7. Smokers and the Affordable Care Act: Q&A

    Aug. 27, 2013 -- The Affordable Care Act has ended some age-old health insurance practices such as denying people with pre-existing conditions. But it does allow insurance companies to charge people who use tobacco 50% more for their premiums. Supporters say the higher premiums make sense because sm

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  8. Colorado Announces Health Insurance Rates

    Aug. 22, 2013 -- Colorado has announced the rates for health insurance for individuals and small businesses through the state’s new Marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. The premiums vary widely because plans have different deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. For a 40-year-old nonsmoker who wan

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  9. With A Nod To Billy Joel, N.Y. Brands Obamacare Marketplace

    By Phil Galewitz Some folks like to get away, Take a holiday from the neighborhood. Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood. But I’m takin’ a Greyhound on the Hudson River line. I’m in a New York state of mind … er … make that “New York State of Health.”  Playing off the title of Billy Joel’s ic

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  10. Idaho’s GOP Governor Extols Exchange ‘Run By Idahoans For Idahoans’

    By Phil Galewitz Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, said he still hopes the federal health law gets repealed. But with some of the law’s biggest changes taking effect in less than six weeks, he sounded like a proud papa Tuesday in announcing the name of his state’s new online health insura

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