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  1. High Out-of-Pocket Costs Called a Hidden 'Side Effect' of Treatment

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should consider the "toxic" effects of medical debt as much as any other side effect when discussing treatment options with patients, a trio of physicians contends. By not making potential expense a part of the conv

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  2. Affordable Care Act Prices Now Easier to Access

    By Phil Galewitz With consumers in 36 states struggling to access a federal exchange website to compare health plans, the Obama administration launched a new online tool Thursday that lets users see premium estimates by state, health plan and two age categories. One of the biggest criticisms of heal

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  3. Affordable Care Act: State Rules Can Boost Costs

    By Julie Appleby Consumers shopping for coverage in new online marketplaces may scratch their heads when they come to a handful of plans in Virginia: Why do some cost more than $1,800 a month? No, the plans do not include gold-plated hospital beds or guaranteed same-day access to doctors. Instead, t

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  4. 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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  5. Delays Don't Stop Miss. Insurance Shoppers

    By Jeffrey Hess, Mississippi Public Broadcasting JACKSON, Miss. - In Mississippi, one of 34 states letting the federal government operate the online health insurance marketplace created by the health law, consumers continue to face long delays and other technical difficulties as they try to log on a

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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