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Number of uninsured plummets; thousands may lose coverage for failing to show eligibility

Federal researchers reported on Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance had declined substantially in the first quarter of this year, the first federal measure of the number of uninsured Americans  read more…

Nonprofits in 34 states get $60 million to help people enroll in health insurance

Two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations, a food bank association and a Catholic hospital system are among 90 nonprofit groups that will receive a total of $60 million to help people sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health  read more…

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Medicare finalizes auto-enrollment plan for insurance marketplace consumers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a policy Tuesday that provides current Health Insurance Marketplace consumers a way to keep their current health insurance plan, while encouraging them to return to the marketplace to shop  read more…

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Coverage for doctor-patient end-of-life talks gaining ground

Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be  read more…

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New health law may mean changes in employer coverage; ACA-insured must fill out new tax form

If you get health insurance through your workplace, you’ll probably have a chance this fall to make important decisions about your coverage and costs.

Because many corporate health plans hold their annual open-enrollment periods in October and  read more…

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Researchers develop model to predict hospital readmission for COPD

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in a study recently published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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Hospitals seek to help consumers with Obamacare premiums

Low-income consumers struggling to pay their premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way. 

Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their  read more…

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More than 10 million people have become insured under Obamacare, new study shows

A day after a court decision that could threaten a crucial component of Obamacare, the federal government said Wednesday that 10.3 million adults have become newly insured by the close of open enrollment in the new type of health  read more…

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Consumer guide to conflicting court rulings on healthcare law

On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people:  the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law.  Kaiser Health News reporter Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently asked  read more…

Consumer 'assisters' helped about 10.6 million people understand their options under the new health law.

Kaiser report calls Obamacare outreach effort ‘impressive’ in first enrollment period

More than 4,400 consumer assistance programs created under the Affordable Care Act helped an estimated 10.6 million people explore their new health insurance options and apply for coverage during the initial six-month enrollment period, according  read more…

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Most will be able to automatically renew insurance coverage under health law

The Obama administration announced Thursday that most people will be able to renew subsidized health insurance coverage without filing an application and without going back to HealthCare.gov, the website that frustrated millions of consumers last  read more…

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Subsidies cover over 75% of premium payments purchased under Obamacare

Americans who enrolled in private health plans through the federal exchange in 2014 qualified for tax credits that covered an average of about three-quarters of their monthly premium payment, according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Health and  read more…

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Coalition asks CMS to allow nonprofit patient assistance under Obamacare

The American Plasma Users Coalition (APLUS), a coalition of national patient advocacy organizations that include the Alpha-1 Foundation, this month wrote a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, expressing  read more…

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Smoking cessation program rules clarified; health law enrollees reported at 8 million

The Obama administration clarified rules Friday regarding plans covered under Obamacare to help people quit smoking.

Group health plans and health insurance issuers under Obamacare must provide free tobacco-use screening and offer smokers at least two tobacco  read more…

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Share your story, help policymakers understand how health reform affects patients

Eight million people have bought health insurance through the new insurance marketplace. Have you used your new insurance to pay for a doctor’s visit? Are the medicines you need covered under the plan?

The Alpha-1 Foundation and the National Health Council are  read more…

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Budget office: Obamacare will cost billions less than expected

The cost of expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be billions less than previously expected, according to a report released Monday.

An analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the coverage provisions of the ACA, also known as Obamacare,  read more…

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It’s not too late to get health insurance coverage

If you didn’t get insurance coverage by the health law’s March 31 enrollment deadline, a few routes remain open.

Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance this year. And people who get coverage after the deadline  read more…

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What happens next on
the health law?

The March 31 deadline for open enrollment to buy your own health insurance doesn’t mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working  read more…

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‘Wiggle room’ in March 31 deadline to buy health insurance: a review

We’re just days away from the March 31 deadline to sign up for individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For weeks, administration officials, including the president, have insisted that there would be no extensions to the scheduled end  read more…

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Government extends insurance sign-up for those stymied by technical problems

With less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the  read more…