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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law

    By Carrie Feibel, KUHF In just over the past year, the number of abortion clinics in Texas fell from 41 to 20, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September. Many of those closed because of the requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a ce

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  4. Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare

    By Jay Hancock UnitedHealthcare, the insurance giant that largely sat out the health law’s online marketplaces’ first year, said Thursday it may sell policies through the exchanges in nearly half the states next year. “We plan to grow next year as we expand our offering to as many as two dozen state

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  5. Specialty Care Is A Challenge In Some ACA Plans

    By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few doctors have attracted the attention of federal regulato

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  6. Obamacare Help Was In High Demand, Survey Shows

    By Jenny Gold Most working people in the U.S. sign up for health insurance in a very straightforward way: a few forms, a few questions for human resources, a few choices of plans.  Signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance was nothing like that. It involved questions about income, taxes, family s

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  7. The Latest In Medical Convenience: ER Appointments

    By Anna Gorman By Victoria Colliver Scott Paul knew he needed to head to the emergency room on a recent Sunday after his foot became so painful he couldn't walk. The one thing that gave him pause was the thought of having to wait several hours next to a bunch of sick people. But his wife, Jeannette,

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  8. 2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' in Federal Insurance Applications

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. reports suggest it's possible that people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on the federal government's health care website -- or state websites in California and Connecticut --

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  9. Ruling May Not Be Last Word On Birth Control

    By Julie Rovner The Supreme Court’s decision Monday saying that “closely held corporations” do not have to abide by the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act may not give those firms the ability to stop providing that coverage after all. More than half the states have “contracept

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  10. Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Injuries

    By Jordan Rau During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in

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