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  1. Few Seniors Using Obesity Counseling Benefit

    By Sarah Varney VISALIA, Calif. — In the farming town of Exeter, deep in California’s Central Valley, Anne Roberson walks a quarter mile down the road each day to her mailbox. Her walk and housekeeping chores are the 68-year-old’s only exercise, and her weight has remained stubbornly over 200 pounds

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  2. Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

    By Phil Galewitz The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year. The special enrollment period applies to people

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  3. Many Uninsured Don’t Realize They May Face A Tax Penalty

    By Michelle Andrews A “teachable moment” is one way to describe the  consternation that many uninsured people may feel when they file their taxes this spring and realize they could owe a penalty for not having health insurance. According to a new survey, the number of people who may need to be schoo

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  4. Even Insured Get Unexpectedly Big Medical Bills

    By Julie Appleby After Pam Durocher was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched her insurer’s website for a participating surgeon to do the reconstructive surgery. Having done her homework, she was stunned to get a $10,000 bill from the surgeon. “I panicked when I got that bill,” said the 60-year

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  5. Figuring Out Doctors In Your Plan Can Be Difficult

    By Michelle Andrews “Is this doctor in my insurance network?” is part of the litany of questions many people routinely ask when considering whether to see a particular doctor. Unfortunately, in some cases the answer may not be a simple yes or no. That’s what Hannah Morgan learned when her husband ne

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  6. Texas Insurance Brokers Play Bigger Obamacare Role

    By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media As the health law’s second open enrollment season barrels to a close on Sunday, nearly a million Texans have purchased or applied for health insurance. This time around, insurance brokers are aggressively marketing themselves to shoppers – it’s a big change for

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  7. Despite Law, Some Birth Control May Require Copays

    By Michelle Andrews It’s been more than two years since most health plans have been required to cover all Food and Drug Administration-approved methods of contraception without requiring women to pay anything out-of-pocket. But even though an unplanned pregnancy would cost an insurer a lot more than

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  8. Measles Outbreak Sparks Bid To Strengthen Calif. Vaccine Law

    By Jenny Gold Listen: Measles Outbreak Sparks Bid To Strengthen Calif. Vaccine Law State lawmakers in California introduced legislation Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated before going to school, a response to a measles outbreak that started in Southern California and has re

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  9. Medicare Offers Relief in Pharmacy Network Mix-Ups

    By Michelle Andrews More than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries who may have been confused or misinformed about the pharmacy details of their 2015 Aetna prescription drug plans have until the end of this month to find participating pharmacies or switch plans, according to the Centers for Medicare & Med

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  10. Why Florida Is No. 1 In Obamacare Enrollment

    By Phil Galewitz When Florida workers promoting President Barack Obama’s health law marketplace want instant feedback, they go to an online “heat map.” The map turns darker green where they’ve seen the most people and shows bright red dots for areas where enrollment is high. “The map shows us where

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