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    1. 7.5M Paid Penalty For Not Having Health Insurance

      By Phil Galewitz About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. By contrast, 76 percent of taxpayers checked a

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    2. As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is set to skyrocket in the United States due to the aging of the baby-boom generation, and the cost of caring for these patients will devour a large chunk of Medicare's budge

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    3. Ruling May Boost Gay Couples' Health Coverage

      By Jay Hancock The right to marry in any state won’t be the only gain for gay couples from last week’s Supreme Court ruling. The decision will probably boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans, say analysts and benefits consultants. How much is unclea

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    4. Obamacare’s Next 5 Hurdles to Clear

      In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn’t ensured. Here are five of the biggest hurdles re

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    5. Ruling Supports Tax Credits for Health Insurance

      June 25, 2015 -- Millions of people who received tax credits to pay for health insurance will get to keep them. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the tax credits, offered on Affordable Care Act insurance policies sold through Healthcare.gov, are legal. The Court’s decision protects health insura

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    6. California Caps What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

      By April Dembosky, KQED Expensive specialty medicines used to treat cancer and chronic illnesses have forced some very ill Americans to choose between getting proper treatment and paying their rent. To ease the financial burden, the California agency that governs the state’s Affordable Care Act mark

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    7. Decision May Cripple N.C. Health Insurance Market

      By Michael Tomsic, WFAE CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Roughly half a million North Carolinians could soon lose money they depend on for health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule soon on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It governs federal subsidies for insurance in states like North Carolina that

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    8. CBO: 19 Million Uninsured If Health Law Repealed

      By Phil Galewitz Repealing the federal health law would add an additional 19 million to the ranks of the uninsured in 2016 and increase the federal deficit over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The report is the first time CBO has analyzed the costs of the health law usi

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    9. Four Words In Health Law Divide The Supreme Court

      By Stuart Taylor Jr. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue a decision this month in a case that could again threaten a key aspect of President Barack Obama’s health law. But this time around, unlike three years ago when the court rejected a constitutional challenge to the law’s individual mandat

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    10. Some Face Key Gap in Obamacare Women’s Coverage

      By Michelle Andrews Having a baby is a common women’s health event, yet insurance coverage isn’t always assured. Although the federal government recently clarified that many insurance plans must cover prenatal care as a preventive service without charging women anything out of pocket, it didn’t addr

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