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  1. Tax Preparers Brace To Give Bad Health Law News

    By April Dembosky, KQED and Jeff Cohen, WNPR Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, and tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready for the first year that

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  2. Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some in CA

    By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio When Dennie Wright went to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California. Wright lives in

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  3. Survey: More Americans Getting Needed Health Care

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although problems persist, more Americans had significantly less trouble getting and paying for needed medical care in 2014, as the health insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in, a new survey suggest

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  4. Alaska Health Premiums Are Triple Those In Phoenix

    By Jordan Rau In health insurance prices, as in the weather, Alaska and the Sun Belt are extremes. This year Alaska is the most expensive health insurance market for people who do not get coverage through their employers, while Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., are among the very cheape

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  5. Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

    By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio It was a heck of a Christmas for David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson. They found out they were about to lose their new health insurance. “Clara was listening to the news on Iowa Public Radio and that’s how we found out,” Fairchild says. They went to their

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  6. Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

    By Phil Galewitz PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find a specialist willing to see him. After days of calling, she was finally able to get Nathaniel an ap

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  7. Many Insurers Do Not Cover Weight Loss Drugs

    By Michelle Andrews In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new anti-obesity drug, Saxenda, the fourth prescription drug the agency has given the green light to fight obesity since 2012. But even though two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese — and many may need help sticking t

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  8. Medicaid’s Western Push Hits Montana

    By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio The Affordable Care Act is on the move in Western states, with the governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana all working to hammer out deals with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid in ways tailored to each state. But getting the federal stamp of approval i

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  9. Millions Already Enrolled In 2015 Health Policies

    By Julie Rovner What a difference a year makes. With its technical troubles largely behind it, enrolled 1.9 million new customers for health insurance between Nov. 15 and Dec. 18. At the same time, another 4.5 million existing policyholders either re-enrolled or were automatically ren

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  10. Nearly 2.5 Million Select ACA Health Plans

    By Mary Agnes Carey More than 1 million people selected a health plan during the fourth week of the health law’s open enrollment and nearly 2.5 million have done so since it began Nov. 15, federal officials said Tuesday. “And this was before an extremely busy weekend,” said Andy Slavitt, principal d

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