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  1. In Some Plans, High Deductible Comes Before Doctor

    By Julie Appleby If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the health law’s marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise. Some plans will not pay for a doctor visit before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars. "This could be the next shoe to drop

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  2. Know Your 'Obamacare' Health Insurance Deadlines

    Dec. 19, 2013 -- If you want new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act starting Jan. 1, you’re running out of time. There's good news, though. Consumers now have until Jan. 10, 2014, to make their first payment on insurance that takes effect New Year's Day. They still have to enroll for a

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  3. In Well-funded Colo., Obamacare Signups Slow

    By Eric Whitney Despite White House and state efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act, some people still don't have health insurance or any idea how to sign up for it. Take Corryn Young, a 32-year-old dental hygienist in Fort Collins, Colorado. She knows she needs to get health insurance but is a

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  4. Health Insurers Extend Payment Deadline

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The health insurance industry announced Wednesday that the payment deadline for those who buy health insurance through state and federal exchanges under the final provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Ob

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  5. Study: It’s All Healthy People — Not Just Young Adults — Who Are Critical To ACA Success

    By Jay Hancock Pushing back against those who warn that low levels of younger subscribers could threaten coverage sold under the health law, analysts for the Kaiser Family Foundation say enrollment of young adults “is not as important as conventional wisdom suggests.” Even if insurance pools contain

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  6. What Kind of Dental Coverage Do You Need?

    If you want to get dental insurance, you'll find a lot of plans to choose from. The options may seem overwhelming, but there are some easy ways to find the coverage you need. Most Americans with dental insurance get their coverage from an employer, rather than buying insurance individually, accordin

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  7. Almost 15% of Americans Still Uninsured: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- As the final phase of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called "Obamacare," begins, a new report shows that more than 45 million Americans still don't have health insurance. As troubling as that number may seem, it rep

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  8. How to Choose Vision Insurance

    If you wear glasses or contacts, you'll know there's a hefty price tag for keeping your vision clear. The average cost of frames and lenses alone is over $250. But a vision care plan can help make eye care more affordable. You may get vision care coverage through your employer, or you may purchase i

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  9. Getting Health Insurance: It's a Marathon

    By Anna Gorman Every day for weeks, Kathleen Bayly checked the mailbox at her Pleasanton, Calif., home for the bill from her new insurance company. But Bayly, 61, who signed up in November for health coverage through California's insurance marketplace, didn’t receive anything from Anthem Blue Cross.

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  10. Californians Continuing To Flock To New Insurance Exchange

    By Anna Gorman Nearly a third of the enrollees – 49,700 – ­­­ completed their applications during the first week of December. “The momentum is very positive,” Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said during a press conference in Los Angeles. “That momentum is not stopping. It’s buil

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