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  1. Obamacare: 7 Things We Know Now

    March 19, 2014 -- The big deadline -- the final, no-more-extensions, we-mean-business-this-time deadline -- is almost here. After March 31, Americans -- with a few exceptions -- won't be able to buy health insurance for 2014. And unlike the previous deadlines, there seems to be no chance of a last-m

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  2. Some Top Cancer Centers Not Covered by Exchanges

    March 19, 2014 -- A number of the best cancer hospitals in the United States aren't covered by all insurers in state insurance exchanges, a situation that's causing concern among doctors and others, a new report says. An Associated Press survey of nationally recognized comprehensive cancer centers f

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  3. Some Young People May Not Get Obamacare Help

    By Elana Gordon, WHYY Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year. But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. A new study shows that in major cities, some young people

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  4. Warning: Out-of-Network Costs Can Pile Up

    By Michelle Andrews Many plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces offer a tradeoff: lower premiums in exchange for limited networks of providers. But consumers who opt for a narrow network plan with the idea that they’ll go out of network when necessary may be taking a big financial risk. The

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  5. California Lags in Enrolling Latinos, Young Adults

    By Anna Gorman With just a few weeks remaining before the March 31 enrollment deadline, California has signed up more than 923,000 people in its new insurance marketplace—more than a fifth of the national tally, officials announced Wednesday. But the state’s success story continues to be marred by s

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  6. White House Signals Break for Insurers

    By Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby The Obama administration keeps changing the rules on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies keep complaining. But they’re unlikely to grouse about the latest adjustment. On Tuesday the Department of Health and Human Services signaled its intention

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  7. Several Factors Hobbled MNsure From the Start

    By Elizabeth Stawicki By Catharine Richert, MPRNews Using MNsure should have been easy for Becky Fink. As a local clinic director, she'd been trained by the state’s new health insurance exchange on how to help people sign up online. But the site never worked for her even though she "tried, tried, ma

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  8. Obamacare Signup Reaches 4.2 Million

    By Phil Galewitz About 4.2 million Americans have signed up for private health plans through the end of February via the online insurance marketplaces established by the federal health law -- with enrollment jumping by nearly 1 million people last month, the Obama administration said Tuesday. But th

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  9. Medicare Officials Back Away From Changes To Prescription Drug Plan

    By Mary Agnes Carey Facing heavy bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill as well as from patient groups, businesses, insurers and others, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Monday it did not plan to move ahead “at this time” with several proposed changes to the Medicare prescription dru

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  10. Window Is Closing To Sign Up Or Seek Changes To Obamacare Plans

    By Michelle Andrews People who got off to a rough start with Obamacare or have yet to pick a plan still have options— but only if they move quickly before the open enrollment period ends on March 31. Those who were unable to sign up for a marketplace plan because of the glitches with federal or stat

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