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    1. In Its Third Year, Obamacare Faces Growing Pains

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- America's scramble for health insurance coverage under Obamacare may be slowing to a crawl. The sign-up period for 2016 coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1. But federal health officials are predicting te

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    2. Tips To Help You Shop For A New Marketplace Plan

      By Mary Agnes Carey Open enrollment for the health law’s 2016 marketplace plans begins Sunday, and federal officials caution consumers to check out premium prices because in many places they may be higher. But officials are planning to offer new features to make the process faster and smoother for c

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    3. Marketplace Silver Plan Premiums Rising 7.5%: HHS

      By Mary Agnes Carey and Jordan Rau Premiums will increase an average of 7.5 percent for the second-lowest-cost silver insurance plan to be offered next year in the 37 states where the federal government operates health marketplaces, according to an analysis by the Department of Health and Human Serv

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    4. How North Carolina Is Trying To Reshape Medicaid

      By Michael Tomsic, WFAE North Carolina is in the process of overhauling its Medicaid program. The governor and state lawmakers are using a mixture of health care models to put the major players — doctors, hospitals and insurers — all on the hook to keep rising costs in check. For many of the Republi

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    5. No Ready-Made Rx For Rising Drug Costs

      By Julie Appleby When Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of an older generic drug by more than 5,000 percent last month, the move sparked a public outcry. How, critics wondered, could a firm charge $13.50 a pill for a treatment for a parasitic infection one day and $750 the next? The criticism

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    6. Remaining Uninsured Worry About Costs Of Coverage

      By Mary Agnes Carey Department of Health and Human Services officials Thursday predicted that about an additional 1 million Americans would sign up for coverage under the federal health law next year and acknowledged that prospective enrollees are worried about the cost of health insurance, even wit

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    7. Adults With Insurance May Have Unmet Dental Needs

      By Michelle Andrews Dental care ranked number one among health care services that people with insurance say they’re skimping on because of cost, a new survey found. One in five adults reported that they had unmet dental care needs because they couldn’t afford necessary care, according to the brief b

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    8. Employers Shift More Health Costs To Workers

      By Jay Hancock Premiums for job-based medical insurance rose moderately — 4 percent in 2015 — but employers continued to shift in expenses to workers, according to a new survey. The average premium for single coverage rose to $6,251 while the average premium for a family plan increased to $17,545, a

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    9. Nearly 9M Got Insurance In First Marketplace Year

      By Julie Rovner The percentage of Americans without health insurance dropped by nearly three percentage points between 2013 and 2014, according the U.S. Census Bureau, from 13.3 to 10.4 percent. Put another way, 8.8 million more people were insured in 2014 than the year before. The annual study from

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    10. In CO, Insurance Surges But Cost Still Concern

      By John Daley, Colorado Public Radio On Wednesday, the Census Bureau gave Obamacare some good news: the uninsurance rate in the country dropped to 10.4 percent in 2014, down from 13.3 percent in 2013. Colorado may be doing even better. According to a survey from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Colorado H

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