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  1. Medicaid Use May Boost ER Visits: Study in Oregon

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals that Oregon residents covered by Medicaid -- the publicly funded health insurance program for the poor -- are 40 percent more likely to use emergency rooms than people with no insurance. This finding

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  2. Law Calls for Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

    There may be a lot more counting of calories when people buy snacks from vending machines or order food in certain restaurants under rules currently being crafted as part of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. Once the regulations are in place, calorie information will have to be displayed o

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  3. Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reports Surge

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 29, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- After a disastrous introduction back in October, the federal government's HealthCare.gov insurance coverage website saw a surge of enrollments in December, government officials said Sunday. More than 1.1 million people e

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  4. White House Extends Enrollment Deadline Again

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration on Tuesday once again extended the deadline for people to register for health insurance coverage on Healthcare.gov. The new extension follows a 24-hour "grace period" that was granted on Monday

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  5. Despite Help, Many May Still Be 'Underinsured'

    By Michelle Andrews People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January as the health law’s coverage requirements and spending limits take effect. But a recent analysis by Avalere Health found that many may still find themselves “underinsured,” sp

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  6. White House Extends Insurance Enrollment Deadline

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration on Monday extended the deadline for people to register for health insurance coverage on Healtcare.gov by an extra 24 hours, through to the end of Tuesday. The official deadline for signing up thr

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  7. In Some Plans, High Deductible Comes Before Doctor

    By Julie Appleby If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the health law’s marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise. Some plans will not pay for a doctor visit before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars. "This could be the next shoe to drop

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  8. New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers whose individual health insurance policies have been cancelled for failing to meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act may now apply for a "hardship exemption," Obama administration officials an

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  9. Catastrophic Obamacare Policies Not Selling

    By Phil Galewitz The Obama administration’s decision this week to allow people to buy catastrophic-level policies if their individual health plans had been canceled comes amid reports that few people have bought these less expensive policies sold in new online insurance marketplaces. In California,

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  10. In Well-funded Colo., Obamacare Signups Slow

    By Eric Whitney Despite White House and state efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act, some people still don't have health insurance or any idea how to sign up for it. Take Corryn Young, a 32-year-old dental hygienist in Fort Collins, Colorado. She knows she needs to get health insurance but is a

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