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  1. Hawaiians Still Unable to Shop on State Exchange

    By Phil Galewitz   Hawaii, President Barack Obama’s birthplace, has the only online health insurance marketplace that has not yet launched. Ten days after the Hawaii Health Connector was supposed to allow consumers and small employers to shop and enroll for coverage, officials are using paper applic

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  2. Frustration With First Days of Health Exchanges

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A new poll of consumer satisfaction with the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges confirms what headlines having been saying since the online marketplaces' launch: things have not gone smoothly. Forty percent of

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  3. 5 Lessons From Mass. for Affordable Care Act

    By Martha Bebinger, WBUR A lot of the Affordable Care Act supporters point to Massachusetts as proof that signing up the uninsured is a big, but doable task. Here, in 2013, that’s a reasonable conclusion.  But back in 2007 and 2008 things were a lot messier, and some advocates for universal coverage

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  4. N.Y. Exchange Says 40,000 Have Applied For Coverage

    By Phil Galewitz New York’s online insurance exchange on Tuesday said more than 40,000 people have completed applications for coverage so far, though not all have chosen a health plan. Officials from the exchange, called NY State of Health, said these applicants were found eligible to buy a health p

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  5. 28,000 in Cal. Sign Up for Affordable Care Act Insurance

    By Anna Gorman More than 16,000 applications on behalf of 28,700 people have been completed through the state’s insurance marketplace, Covered California, officials announced Tuesday. Executive Director Peter Lee said 16,311 applications, some representing several family members, were completed betw

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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