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    A Guide to Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act

    News and Features Related to Health Care Reform

    1. Last Minute Reprieve For Some On CA Exchange

      By Chad Terhune and Barbara Feder Ostrov Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, announced Friday that it was extending its enrollment deadline until Feb. 6 for people who had officially begun the process of signing up by Sunday. Exchange officials said they extended the Sunday deadline

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    2. Where the Candidates Stand on Health Care Issues

      Jan. 29, 2016 -- Although terrorism and the economy have topped Americans’ list of concerns in recent polls, health care is still on voters’ minds. WebMD looked at where presidential hopefuls from both parties stand on various health care issues, including the health care reform law (called the Affo

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    3. Most Consumers Satisfied With Health Plans: Poll

      By Jordan Rau Bashing insurance companies may be a popular pastime, but a poll released Thursday found most people were satisfied with their choices of doctors and even thought the cost of their health coverage was reasonable. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that 71 percent of insured adu

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    4. ‘Single-Payer’ Debated: What Does That Mean?

      By Julie Rovner Health care has emerged as one of the flash points in the Democratic presidential race. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been a longtime supporter of a concept he calls “Medicare for All,” a health system that falls under the heading of “single-payer.” Sanders released more details ab

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    5. States Simplify Medicaid Sign-Ups

      By Phil Galewitz Getting on Medicaid has never been so easy. In the past two years, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but even more have simplified sign-ups and renewals, according to a 50-state survey released Thursday. For

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    6. Some Spend 25% Of Income On Health Expenses

      By Michelle Andrews Even with subsidies to make coverage more affordable, many people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces spend more than 10 percent of their income on premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket payments, a recent study found. Among those hit hardest, the researchers said

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    7. High Deductibles = Fewer Imaging Tests

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. patients whose health insurance plans have high deductibles undergo fewer diagnostic imaging tests, a nationwide study finds. Researchers analyzed 2010 insurance data from more than 21 million adults nationwide and

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    8. ‘Concierge Medicine’ Reaches New Markets

      By Shefali Luthra A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by the federal health law and frustrations with insurance requirements, are bringing a service that generally has been considered “health care for billionaires” to middle-income, Medicaid and Medicare populations. It’s called direct

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    9. 4 Vitamins and Minerals for Adults

      Do you get enough of the right nutrients? Government guidelines picked out four that a lot of Americans may not pay enough attention to. Don't be part of that crowd. Find out what you're missing out on, how much you need, and how to get it. You may not hear as much about this nutrient as others, but

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    10. 2016 Health Law Exchange Enrollment Tops 11.3M

      By Phil Galewitz More than 11.3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance for 2016 under the Affordable Care Act, surpassing last year’s mark and the 10.5 million goal that the Obama administration set for the year, federal officials said Thursday. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and end

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