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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.

U.S. Cannot Subsidize Health Plans in States With No Marketplace, a Judge Rules

A federal district judge in Oklahoma dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, ruling that the federal government could not subsidize health insurance in three dozen states that refused to establish their own marketplaces. This appears to increase the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the issue.

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Bosses Face Affordable Care Act Deadline

The clock is ticking for Tommy Cain and thousands of other U.S. employers facing deadlines to make changes to the health insurance they offer their employees under the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Cain has already met one of the law's key requirements: offer health insurance to at least 70% of full-time staffers by 2015, or face penalties.

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Hundreds of Thousands Face Health Law Subsidy

Lance Shnider is confident Obamacare regulators knew exactly what they were doing when they created an online calculator that gives a green light to new employer coverage without hospital benefits. “There’s not a glitch in this system,” said Shnider, president of Voluntary Benefits Agency, an Ohio firm working with some 100 employers to implement such plans. “This is the way the calculator was designed.”

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Many Rural Hospitals Are Excluded From Government’s Push For Better Quality

Crawford Memorial Hospital, in rural Robinson, Ill., is the only hospital for miles around. Just like elsewhere, Crawford’s doctors deliver babies, perform routine operations and see thousands of patients in the emergency room.

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Under Affordable Care Act, 25 Percent Increase in Health Insurers Is Predicted

Consumers in much of the country will have a broader selection of health insurance plans next year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as it predicted an increase of about 25 percent in the number of insurers that are expected to compete in federal and state marketplaces.

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Who Can Buy Health Care Coverage and When Can Be Confusing

If an employer has 15 or more employees, it’s illegal to discriminate against someone who has a condition that makes work harder. The business has to try to make reasonable accommodations, including restructuring a job, adjusting training, providing devices for the disabled or even reassigning an employee to a vacant job.

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Hundreds of Thousands Face Health Law Subsidy

Hundreds of thousands of Americans face a Tuesday deadline to verify their income and are at risk of losing or having to pay back their federal health-insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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Consumer Group Sues 2 More California Plans Over Narrow Networks

Insurers Cigna and Blue Shield of California misled consumers about the size of their networks of doctors and hospitals, leaving enrollees frustrated and owing large bills, according to two lawsuits filed this week in Los Angeles.

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Number of Latinos With Insurance Coverage Surges Under Healthcare Law

The federal healthcare law has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos, according to a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the effects of the Affordable Care Act on a historically underinsured community.

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Obamacare Support Sliding, Jerry Brown, Water-Bond Up Big

The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state's relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage.

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