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  1. Hospitals Seek To Help With Obamacare Premiums

    By Julie Appleby Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way.  Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their share of the costs of government-subsidized po

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  2. Some Employers To Offer Low-Benefit 'Skinny' Plans

    By Jay Hancock Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements for value and affordability.  Many thought such low-benefit "skinny plans" would be history once the health law was fully imple

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  3. Short-Term Health Plans: Relief, But With Gaps

    By Michelle Andrews Consumers who missed open enrollment on the state health insurance marketplaces this spring or who are waiting for employer coverage to start don’t have to "go bare." Short-term policies that last from 30 days up to a year can help bridge the gap and offer some protection from un

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  4. Fast Track For Primary Care Docs At CA University

    By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio Some doctors in the state of California will soon be able to practice after three years of medical school instead of the traditional four. The American Medical Association is providing seed money for the effort in the form of a $1 million, five-year grant t

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  5. Survey: Insurance Rates Lag In Holdout States

    By Eric Whitney A Gallup poll released Tuesday says that the Affordable Care Act is significantly increasing the number of Americans with health insurance, especially in states that are embracing the law. It echoes previous Gallup surveys, and similar findings by the Urban Institute and RAND Corp. T

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  6. Obamacare Creates 'Upheaval' At Free Clinics

    By Phil Galewitz WHEELING, W.Va. - Without insurance, Pam Milliken relied for years on the free health clinic here to help manage her arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes. When she needed to have her gallbladder removed, the clinic, located in a former State Farm Insurance building, found her

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  7. Patients Soliciting Bids From Doctors Online

    By Sandra G. Boodman Francisco Velazco couldn't wait any longer. For several years, the 35-year-old Seattle handyman had searched for an orthopedic surgeon who would reconstruct the torn ligament in his knee for a price he could afford. Out of work because of the pain and unable to scrape together $

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  8. Unfavorable Views Of Health Law Spike: Poll

    By Jordan Rau The health law’s unpopularity among the public rose sharply in July with a surge of disapproval from people who had been agnostic about it in recent months, a poll released Friday shows. The law is as unpopular as it has been since it was enacted four years ago. The poll from the Kaise

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  9. Good News On California ACA Rates. But Why?

    By Lisa Aliferis, KQED After years of double-digit rate hikes in health insurance premiums, California will see average increases of 4.2 percent in 2015 for people who purchase insurance through the Covered California exchange, the state's Obamacare marketplace. It’s good news for consumers, but two

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  10. Florida's Largest Insurer Raising Exchange Rates

    By Phil Galewitz Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, is increasing premiums by an average of 17.6 percent for its Affordable Care Act exchange plans next year, company officials say. The nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate blames higher health costs as a result of attracting

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