Affordable Care Act: Updates

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Applying for health insurance? Homework involved

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting covered through President Barack Obama’s health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires research. You’ll need accurate income information for your household, plus some understanding of how health insurance works, so you can get the financial assistance you qualify for and pick a health plan that’s right for your needs. The process involves federal agencies

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  • Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland’s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act,

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  • Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting face time with the family doctor could soon become even harder. A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country is expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain coverage under the federal health care law next year. Doctors could face a backlog, and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Attempts to address the provider gap have

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

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Archetype-Family: Middle class family braces for higher premiums

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

As many as nine in 10 Texans buying health insurance on the new federally run exchange will get a break on costs, according to federal health officials. Steve and Maegan Wolf won’t be among them. The Wolfs, who live in an upscale area outside Austin, make too much money to qualify for tax credits that will help other people afford coverage. That leaves them wondering how much they’ll wind up

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  • Archetype-Small Business: Health care law perplexing to business owners

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant owners Colleen and Tim Holmes were considering opening a third business in a growing upstate New York suburb but decided against it. One factor was the risk from expanding their staff beyond 50 full-time employees and having to provide them federally mandated health coverage. Despite knowing the penalty for that part of the Affordable Care Act had been postponed for a year, the couple said

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  • Archetype-Smoker: Mich. smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit. The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance. But to qualify, he’ll almost certainly have

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Affordable Care Act: Links

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