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  1. IRS Same-Sex Ruling Has Implications For Health Law

    By Mary Agnes Carey Thursday’s announcement that the federal government will give the same tax treatment to legally married same-sex couples as they do to heterosexual couples may have ripple effects for the 2010 health care law. The decision from the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Ser

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  2. Michigan Senate OK's Medicaid Expansion

    Aug. 29, 2013 -- Michigan took a significant step this week toward becoming the 25th state to approve the expansion of Medicaid, a key part of the Affordable Care Act. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill by a vote of 20-18. Because lawmakers couldn’t win a two-thirds majority in suppo

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  3. Survey: Health Insurance Literacy Is Low

    By Marissa Evans Premium, deductible, copay, all basic health insurance terms many Americans don’t understand, according to a recent poll. More than half could not correctly define at least one of these common financial terms related to health insurance, according to poll results released by the Ame

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  4. Survey: Big Business May Shift Retirees, Part-Timers To Insurance Exchanges

    By Jay Hancock Updated at 11:20 a.m. Corporate America is taking a hard look at moving retirees and part-time workers into health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, suggests a survey by the National Business Group on Health. To a lesser extent large companies also expect cove

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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