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  1. FAQ: New Exchanges Not for Seniors on Medicare

    By Mary Agnes Carey Nearly 50 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. The 2010 health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act, will make some changes to the program. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Me

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  2. Health Care Law Caught in Budget Fight

    Sept. 20, 2013 -- With implementation of major provisions of the Affordable Care Act looming, Republicans see this fall's budget showdown as their last chance to slow or stop President Barack Obama's signature legislation from taking effect. Here is a transcription of a discussion between Mary Agnes

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  3. White House Moves to Ease Insurance Fraud Fears

    By Phil Galewitz The White House on Wednesday unveiled several steps to protect consumers from fraud in the new online health insurance marketplaces, a move that comes after 17 states hostile to the law acted to limit the spread of information about the program, and congressional Republicans raised

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  4. Number of Uninsured Drops Slightly

    By Phil Galewitz The rate of uninsured Americans dropped slightly for the second consecutive year in 2012, from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, largely a result of more people enrolling in Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The closely-watched report found that about 48 mi

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  5. Your Guide to the New Insurance Marketplaces

    By Mary Agnes Carey By Julie Appleby The health law's online marketplaces, also known as exchanges, will be open for enrollment Oct. 1.  They will allow individuals and consumers to comparison shop for health insurance, much like they do now online for an airline ticket or a hotel room, and apply fo

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  6. Kids of Same-Sex Couples Lacking Health Coverage

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Children of same-sex parents are less likely than their peers to have private health insurance, but the disparity shrinks in states that recognize legal same-sex unions, a new U.S. study finds. The results are not surprising, expe

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  7. Beware of Affordable Care Act Scammers

    Sept. 17, 2013 -- With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act set to begin Oct. 1, officials at the new health insurance Marketplaces are gearing up to help consumers. Call centers have been launched. “Navigators” to help consumers are being trained. Ad campaigns are under way in the states o

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  8. Obamacare an Ally and Rival to eHealthInsurance

    By Eric Whitney America's biggest online health insurance retailer is getting ready for some stiff new competition from Uncle Sam. The federal government will be opening new online marketplaces for health insurance in 34 states on Oct. 1. State governments are opening their own on the same day in th

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  9. The Overlooked Obamacare Sales Force: Hospitals

    By Jay Hancock As community groups, brokers and insurers prepare to recruit members for medical plans that go on sale in October under the health law, nobody has a bigger financial stake in their success than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign consumers up for the Obamacare insurance marketp

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  10. Insurance Exchange Outreach In Connecticut Goes Far Afield

    By Jeff Cohen, WNPR Across Connecticut, you can see billboards and television ads, hear radio spots and get pamphlets, all about how to get insurance under the new federal health law starting Oct. 1. But the state also is spending big bucks on less traditional ways to get the word out. So at beaches

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