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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California

    By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio After the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act first went live in late 2013, Lori Lomas started combing the website of Covered California on a hunt for good deals for her clients. Lomas is an agent at Feather Financial, in the Sierra Nev

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  4. Most On CA Exchange Sticking With Last Year’s Plan

    By Jenny Gold When it comes to health insurance, Californians seem to value consistency. Of the 944,000 people who were could renew their coverage for 2015 through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, 94 percent stayed in the same plan that they were in last year. About a third

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  5. IN Medicaid Expansion May Tempt Other States

    By Phil Galewitz The deal reached Tuesday between the Obama administration and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to expand Medicaid under the president’s health law should help sway reluctant Republican officials in other states because it imposes new costs on poor adults, promotes healthy behaviors and relie

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  6. Have Insurers Found Way Around 'Obamacare' Rule?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some insurance companies may be using high-dollar pharmacy co-pays to flout the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate against discrimination on the basis of pre-existing health problems, Harvard researchers claim. These

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  7. If Court Strikes Subsidies, Most Want Them Back

    By Julie Rovner A new poll finds that most people think Congress or states should act to restore health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court decides later this year they are not permitted in states where the federal government is running the marketplace. The court in March is set to hear King v.

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  8. Timely Decisions Ordered On CA Medicaid Coverage

    By Anna Gorman Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The decision came in a lawsuit filed in September alleging that a

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  9. Insuring Undocumented Immigrants in California

    By Anna Gorman PASADENA, Calif. — Angel Torres hasn’t been to the doctor since coming to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. But now, his vision is getting blurry and he frequently feels tired. Torres, 51, worries he might have diabetes like his brothers. “Time is passing,” he sai

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  10. Tax Preparers Brace To Give Bad Health Law News

    By April Dembosky, KQED and Jeff Cohen, WNPR Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, and tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready for the first year that

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