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  1. TN Insurer: Monopoly Delivers Bargain Premiums

    By Jordan Rau CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The dominion of Tennessee’s largest health insurer is reflected in its headquarters’ lofty perch above the city, atop a hill that during the Civil War was lined with Union cannons to repel Confederate troops. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has used its position

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  2. Good News On California ACA Rates. But Why?

    By Lisa Aliferis, KQED After years of double-digit rate hikes in health insurance premiums, California will see average increases of 4.2 percent in 2015 for people who purchase insurance through the Covered California exchange, the state's Obamacare marketplace. It’s good news for consumers, but two

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  3. Cleveland's Early Medicaid Expansion Paying Off

    By Sarah Jane Tribble, WCPN Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago she gained Medicaid coverage. "It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People don't realize how important and how special it is to have insurance to be able to go see a doctor on a

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  4. Survey Finds 1 In 5 Uninsured Don’t Want Coverage

    By Phil Galewitz Though millions of people gained health coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, millions more remain unaware of their options or have no interest in getting insured, a new survey has found. Among those who were uninsured last year and remain uninsured, only 59 per

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  5. Survey: Progress In Enrolling California Uninsured

    By Anna Gorman A significant portion of previously uninsured Californians gained medical coverage through the nation’s health care law – about six in 10 during the state’s first open enrollment, according to a survey released Wednesday. All told, about 3.4 million people who didn’t have health insur

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  6. Limitations Of New Health Plans Rankle Some Enrollees

    By Julie Appleby Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live 2,000 miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won’t take their insurance now, even though they haven’t changed insurers. “They said, ‘We take the old plan, but not the new one,’” says Perez, an attorney in Pal

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  7. Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

    By Phil Galewitz About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The estimate of newly insured adults —

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  8. Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of ACA Subsidies

    By Julie Rovner Updated at 2:30 p.m. Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans. In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals

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  9. Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

    By Mary Agnes Carey On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people:  the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law.  KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked questions about those court

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  10. Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

    By Susan Jaffe In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescripti

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