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  • BY Sarah Corapi  January 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST


    A new essay in the journal Health Affairs proposes that tackling tort reform on the federal level could convince doctors to agree to bigger changes in the U.S. health care system. Photo illustration by DNY59.

    It’s a scenario most people have considered at least once. Patient A is hoisted onto Dr. B’s operating table. Knife slips and causes massive injury — and unlimited pain and suffering — to Mr. A.

    Should the resulting monetary compensation be unlimited, as well? Or should monetary damages be capped to help doctors feel more comfortable in high-stakes situations, leading to better patient outcomes and possibly helping to keep America’s ever-rising health care costs in check?

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  • BY Kaiser Health News  November 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM EST

    Mercy Cabrera, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors,helps customers navigate the online healthcare marketplace.

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    Barbara Neff of Santa Monica is one of the roughly 1 million Californians who recently got word that their health insurance coverage would be expiring soon. The canceled plans sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Barack Obama’s promise – “If you like your plan, you can keep it” — didn’t apply to everyone.

    But Neff, a 46-year-old self-employed writer, isn’t outraged. She’s relieved. Even though she makes too much money to receive a subsidy to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the policy cancellation was good news for her. READ MORE

  • BY Kaiser Health News and Roni Caryn Rabin   November 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM EST

    Doctors are concerned that new, cheaper marketplace health care plans could result in a two-tiered system

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    Many doctors are disturbed they will be paid less — often a lot less — to care for the millions of patients projected to buy coverage through the health law’s new insurance marketplaces.

    Some have complained to medical associations, including those in New York, California, Connecticut, Texas and Georgia, saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, potentially making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.
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  • BY Associated Press   November 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM EST

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    WASHINGTON — Think you’re confused by “Obamacare”? It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too.

    Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs.

    For House members and senators, it’s about a section of the law that may — or may not — require lawmakers to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. The verdict from congressional officers is ultimately that lawmakers, as employers, have discretion over who among their staffs gets ejected, and who stays. And they don’t have to say who, how many or why.
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  • BY Jason Kane   October 28, 2013 at 8:24 PM EST


    The Obama administration hopes to attract more than 2.5 million young, healthy people to enroll through the health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1. Photo courtesy of Flickr User will1ill/Alex Wong Getty Images.

    Nearly half of uninsured young Americans who are eligible to buy coverage on the new insurance marketplaces will soon be able to purchase a basic health plan for less than $50 per month, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • BY Julie Appleby and Anna Gorman   October 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM EST


    Many Americans are beginning to receive notifications that they will no longer be able to keep their health insurance plans. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images.

    Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.

    The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

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  • BY Jason Kane   October 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM EST


    Like many Americans hoping to buy health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces on Tuesday, this woman was left waiting. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

    The new websites for the Obamacare marketplaces picked a nearly universal theme on Tuesday: “Error.”
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  • BY News Desk   October 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM EST

    What’s the difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare?

    Well, if you knew that was a trick question, you might have walked away with a little more pride than these Hollywood pedestrians. When approached by a Jimmy Kimmel film crew, most described Obamacare as “un-American,” “socialist” or having “holes in it.”

    But the ACA was “better,” they said — more affordable. “The name says it all,” one man said. READ MORE

  • BY Michelle Andrews and Kaiser Health News   October 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM EST


    A woman looks at HealthCare.gov on the morning the health care reform law’s insurance exchanges opened. Photo by Karen Bleier/Getty Images.

    In recent months, all eyes have been focused on today, the day health insurance marketplaces open for business. While the date is a milestone in the implementation of the health law, other dates are likely more critical for consumers planning to shop for health insurance on their state marketplace.
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  • BY Jason Kane  October 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM EST

    The insurance marketplaces that form a pillar of the Affordable Care Act are now officially live … kind of. As uninsured Americans nationwide logged on to Healthcare.gov Tuesday morning, many were asked to keep waiting.

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