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  1. Higher Premiums, Costs Likely For Job-Based Plans

    By Michelle Andrews Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace. Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their

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  2. E-Doctors: Virtual Visits Give Patients Options

    Oct. 10, 2014 -- Lindsay Kolowich wanted to see her doctor for unrelenting pain after her foot surgery.  But the operation had already forced her to miss work at a new job, and she didn’t want to ask for more time off. Instead, she went home at the end of the day, logged onto the Internet, and paid

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  3. Got Insurance? You Still May Pay A Steep Price For Prescriptions

    By Julie Appleby Sandra Grooms recently got a call from her oncologist’s office. The chemotherapy drugs he wanted to use on her metastatic breast cancer were covered by her health plan, with one catch: Her share of the cost would be $976 for each 14-day supply of the two pills. "I said, 'I can't aff

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  4. Price Tags On Health Care? Only In Massachusetts

    By Martha Bebinger, WBUR Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of health care shopping last week. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section

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  5. Feds Unveil Streamlined Marketplace Website

    By Julie Appleby Consumers using the federal healthcare.gov website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on mobile devices, Obama administration officials said Wednesday. In a briefing with reporter

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  6. ACA Enrollment: Second Year, Tougher Challenge

    By Anna Gorman By Julie Appleby LOS ANGELES -- As states gear up for round two of Obamacare enrollment next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva. Alva, 28, works part-time at a video store and is about to graduate from Cal State Northridge. Getting insured is about the last th

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  7. Canceled Health Plans: Round Two

    By Julie Appleby Thousands of consumers who were granted a reprieve to keep insurance plans that don’t meet the federal health law’s standards are now learning those plans will be discontinued at year’s end, and they’ll have to choose a new policy, which may cost more. Cancellations are in the mail

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  8. As Payments Database Debuts, Doctors Urge Caution

    By Shefali Luthra A federal database unveiled Tuesday afternoon details 4.4 million payments from pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to doctors and teaching hospitals, sparking concerns that consumers might misinterpret the information. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services websi

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  9. California To Launch Medicaid-Funded Teledentistry

    By Daniela Hernandez California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that would require Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor, to pay for dental services delivered by teams of hygienists and dentists connected through the Internet. California is among the first states to la

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  10. Texas, Florida Expand Medicaid – For Kids

    By Phil Galewitz Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children. Those states were among 21 – including some big Democratic-led states, such as California -- that

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