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  1. Job-Based Coverage Confusion and Missed Subsidies

    By Michelle Andrews Confusion about whether some types of job-based coverage disqualify consumers from signing up for subsidized insurance through the health law’s marketplaces may lead some people to buy skimpier employer plans instead. In recent weeks, some assisters who help consumers find covera

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  2. Who Is Getting ACA Insurance – And Who Isn’t

    By Julie Rovner A story on NPR earlier this week described the “family glitch” in the Affordable Care Act. That’s when people can’t afford their insurance at work but make too much to qualify for subsidies in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these mostly middle-income Americans will remain unins

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  3. EEOC Takes Aim At Employer Wellness Programs

    By Michelle Andrews Do it or else. Increasingly, that’s the approach taken by employers who are offering financial incentives for workers to take part in wellness programs that incorporate screenings that measure blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index, among other things. The controversial

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  4. Specialty Drugs to Cost Consumers More Next Year

    By Julie Appleby Americans with health coverage – including those who buy it through government insurance exchanges and Medicare beneficiaries – are likely to pay more out-of-pocket next year for so-called “specialty drugs,” which treat complex conditions, according to two studies from consulting fi

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  5. ACA May Unravel if Exchange Subsidies Struck

    By Julie Rovner Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in the three dozen states where the federal government runs the program? Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermin

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  6. Competition Helps Restrain Premiums In Marketplace

    By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby A surge in health insurer competition appears to be helping restrain premium increases in hundreds of counties next year, with prices dropping in many places where newcomers are offering the least expensive plans, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal

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  7. HHS Closing Plan Loophole on Hospital Benefits

    By Jay Hancock The Obama administration took another step to close what many see as a health-law loophole that allows large employers to offer medical plans without hospital coverage and bars their workers from subsidies to buy their own insurance. “It has come to our attention that certain group he

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  8. Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules

    By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Network Dr. Oliver Korshin, a 71-year-old ophthalmologist in Anchorage, is not happy about the federal government’s plan to have all physicians use electronic medical records or face a Medicare penalty. A few months ago when he applied for an exemption to the late

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  9. Some Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage

    By Julie Rovner You hear it so often it’s almost a cliché: The nation is facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the coming years. But is that really the case? Many medical groups, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges, say there’s littl

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  10. Quarter Of Uninsured Can’t Afford to Buy Coverage

    By Mary Agnes Carey Just days before the health law’s marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured said they expect to remain without coverage because they did not think it would be affordable, according to a poll released Friday. That was by far the most common reason given by people who ex

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