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This broad category includes articles concerning health insurance costs, carrier and health plan news, changing benefits technology, and surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and others on employee benefits.

Health Law Impacts Primary Care Doc Shortage

When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor.

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Medical Trade Groups Agree to Help Boost Covered California Enrollment

Covered California has enlisted 14 trade groups - including the California Medical Association and California Hospital Association - to urge health providers to promote health insurance during open enrollment for the state health benefit exchange.

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Growth In U.S. Health Spending In 2013 Is Lowest Since 1960

National health spending grew 3.6 percent in 2013, the lowest annual increase since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began tracking the statistic in 1960, officials said Wednesday.

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Many Agents Still Waiting to Be Paid for Covered California Enrollments

California's health exchange is leaning on insurance agents to enroll thousands of people in Obamacare coverage. Trouble is, some agents haven't been paid for months.

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Obamacare Users Would Move to Low-Cost Plans in 2016 Under U.S. Proposal

Obamacare customers who choose to re-enroll in insurance plans would automatically default to cheaper coverage during sign-up periods, protecting them from price increases, under rules proposed by the U.S. government.

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State Health Exchange Signs Up 11,000 In First Four Days

Health plan sign-ups in the first four days of Covered California's second season outpaced the early days of last year's maiden enrollment period by nearly four times, the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange said Thursday.

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Financial Health of Insurance Marketplace to be Tested in 2nd Year; Must be Self-Sustaining

The federal government shelled out billions of dollars to get health insurance marketplaces going in the 14 states that opted to run their own.

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Covered California, Redoubling Latino Enrollment Efforts

Covered California will "double-down" on its strategy to reach out to uninsured Latinos during a new enrollment period for health care under the state-run insurance exchange, the group's top executive said Monday.

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Exchange Bus Tour ‘Resonating’ With Californians as Open Enrollment Nears

Covered California officials this week are on a bus tour across the state -- stumping Thursday in La Habra and making multiple stops Friday in Los Angeles -- in preparation for Saturday's launch of the exchange's second open enrollment period.

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With Tight Enrollment Window, Consumers Seeking Coverage Should Sign Up Promptly

Smooth sailing. The administration promises and outside experts expect that this year's open enrollment period on the health insurance marketplaces will be markedly less glitchy and balky than last.

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