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Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Soar to 7 Million

Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Soar to 7 Million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield [...]
HHS Grants More Time for Health Insurance ApplicantsWASHINGTON (AP) — People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. “We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the [...]
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Older Americans are Early Winners Under Health LawCHICAGO (AP) — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis. These luckless people, most in their 50s and 60s, have emerged in recent [...]
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Reminder: Deadline to Enroll for Health Care is March 31With the 2014 open enrollment deadline of March 31 fast approaching, community groups across the country are making a final push to boost health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Outreach workers for community and health groups are making a concerted effort to reach people in underserved neighborhoods. “We’re trying to make sure as many [...]
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Not a Dentist: Is a ‘Dental Therapist’ the Solution?When it comes to health care access, New Mexicans might not think of their state as “The Land of Enchantment” because an estimated 40 percent of the state’s population – at least 834,000 people – live in what the U.S. government calls a primary care health professional shortage area. Among the professionals in short supply [...]
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Health Care Trapdoor: No Medicaid, No Tax Rebates (FAQ)Most days, Robin Evans starts her newspaper route in Grangeville, Idaho at 3:30 a.m. Sundays are the only exception -- then she gets to sleep in an extra half hour. Evans, 53, also works in the cafeteria of an elementary school, but neither part-time job offers health insurance.
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Health Care ‘Navigators’ Help Enroll People for CoverageWhat do you get when you throw open the floodgates for a potential 50 million Americans to sign up for health insurance? Confusion? Frustration? Relief? There was a little bit of all three on Oct. 1, the first day of open enrollment in what The Associated Press is calling the “biggest expansion of society’s safety [...]
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Next Test for Health Insurance Marketplaces – the PublicWASHINGTON (AP) — Contentious from its conception, President Barack Obama’s health care law has survived the Supreme Court, a battle for the White House and rounds of budget brinkmanship. Now comes the ultimate test: the verdict of the American people. A government shutdown could dampen the rollout Tuesday as insurance markets open around the country. [...]
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Health Care Cost Estimates Unveiled – Details Remain KeyWASHINGTON (AP) — With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like an upfront discount for most consumers, sticker-price premiums for a mid-range benchmark plan will [...]
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Health Care Exchange Enrollment Starts Oct. 1The questions came at a brisk pace and almost the minute the Equal Voice News Facebook chat about health care and insurance marketplaces started. The reason: Health care matters. For families. For everyone in the country.  With enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplaces beginning on Oct. 1, Equal Voice News readers from throughout the country asked [...]
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