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  1. CA To Broaden Kids' Medicaid Autism Coverage

    By Daniela Hernandez Maria Cruz had never heard the word autism until her daughter, Shirley, was diagnosed as a toddler. “I felt a knot in my brain. I didn’t know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn’t have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-i

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  2. Health Law: Little Effect On Kids' Uninsured Rate

    By Michelle Andrews The uninsured rate for kids under age 18 hasn’t budged under the health law, according to a new study, even though they’re subject to the law’s requirement to have insurance just as their parents and older siblings are. Many of those children are likely eligible for coverage unde

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  3. Family Premiums Rise Modestly For 3rd Year: Survey

    By Julie Appleby Premiums for job-based insurance rose modestly for the third consecutive year, reflecting slowed spending, even as key elements of the federal health care law went into effect. Family premiums rose 3 percent in 2014, one of the lowest increases tracked since the Kaiser Family Founda

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  4. Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, but it doesn't make health insurance affordable for everyone in the United States, a new study suggests. Older adults who earn just a little bit too much to qualify for fed

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  5. Average 2015 Exchange Premiums Decline Slightly

    By Jay Hancock In preliminary but encouraging news for consumers and taxpayers, insurance filings show that average premiums will decline slightly next year in 16 major cities for a benchmark Obamacare plan. Prices for a benchmark “silver” or mid-priced plan sold through the health law’s online mark

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  6. Consumers To Hear Soon If Plans Are Canceled

    By Michelle Andrews Consumers may soon find a surprise in their mailbox: a notice that their health plan is being canceled. Last year, many consumers who thought their health plans would be canceled because they didn’t meet the standards of the health law got a reprieve. Following stinging criticism

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  7. Health Care Spending Forecast To Increase Modestly

    By Mary Agnes Carey National health spending will increase modestly over the next decade, propelled in part by the gradual rebound of the U.S. economy and the growing ranks of Americans who became insured under the health law, government actuaries projected Wednesday. But those growth rates are not

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  8. States To Help Pay Obamacare Tax On Insurers

    By Phil Galewitz When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers.  But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 -- the first time th

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  9. Feds Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

    By Michelle Andrews When Yuri Maldonado's 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California’s Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough. Medi-Cal, as California's plan is called, does provide coverage of auti

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  10. Birth Control Rules Seem To Track Court Suggestion

    By Julie Rovner Those who favor women being guaranteed no-cost birth control coverage under their health insurance say the new rules for nonprofit religious organizations issued by the Obama administration simply put into force what the Supreme Court suggested last month.   “We interpret what  [the

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