Affordable Care Act: Updates

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Health website to remain a work in progress

 Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm

The HealthCare.gov website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the vast majority of users. “The 30th of November is not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement. We have some very specific things we know we

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  • Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

     Posted on November 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes at the White House. “This fix won’t solve every problem for

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  • Key dates in Obama health care overhaul law

     Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:53 am

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    Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, and within a year seniors were receiving coverage. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and the uninsured start getting coverage more than three years later on Jan. 1, 2014. Some key dates in the saga of Obama’s signature legislation: March 23, 2010 — Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Democrats hail

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Affordable Care Act: Archetype Profiles

FILE - In this March 28, 2013 file photo, medical resident Stephanie Place examines Maria Cazho at the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago. As clinics gear up for the expansion of health insurance, they're recruiting young doctors. Since summer 2012, Dr. Place, 28, a primary care resident at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has received hundreds of emails and phone calls from headhunters, recruiting agencies and health clinics. The heavy recruitment means she'll have no trouble fulfilling her dream of staying in Chicago and working in an underserved area with a largely Hispanic population. She'll also be able to pay off $160,000 in student loans through a federal program aimed at encouraging doctors to work in areas with physician shortages. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

A state-by-state breakdown of primary care doctors

 Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

A look at the number of active primary care physicians by state, the rate per capita and each state’s ranking nationally, according to a 2011 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The doctors represent those who self-reported dealing directly with patients, as opposed to primary care physicians who are teaching, involved in research or doing mostly administrative work. Updated information is expected to be available in November. Total

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  • Changes to health care under the law, at a glance

     Posted on October 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

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    ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS Under the law, health insurers must cover 10 essential benefits. This will make health plans more costly, but also more comprehensive. Starting next year, the rules will apply to all plans offered to individuals or through the small-group market to employers with 50 or fewer workers. The essential-benefits requirement does not apply to plans offered by larger employers, which typically offer most of these, already. The covered

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  • Costs worry woman, 26, who wants health insurance

     Posted on October 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Helena Gudger, 26, pauses as she works on homework while taking a break between classes at her college in Phoenix on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, but wants to sign up for private health insurance as soon as the new federal marketplace opens in October. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Helena Gudger is the type of person health insurance companies need on the books as the federal Affordable Care Act begins to roll out: Young, relatively healthy and hungry for coverage. The 26-year-old Phoenix resident has gone the past four years without health insurance, using clinics and the county hospital for checkups, routine tests and visits to a gynecologist. She pays cash, checks prices and tries to go when doctors

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Affordable Care Act: Links

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