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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.

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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Governor Vetoes VSP-Backed Plan to Work With Covered California

Once again, VSP Global got the door slammed on hopes to get access to new business through Covered California.

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California Obamacare Doctor Networks to Stay Limited in 2015

Finding a doctor who takes Obamacare coverage could be just as frustrating for Californians in 2015 as the health-law expansion enters its second year.

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California Health Exchange Stays Neutral on Proposition 45

After months of intense discussions, California's health insurance exchange on Thursday remained on the sidelines of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state's elected insurance commissioner to regulate rates.

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Millions Have Joined Medicaid Under Obamacare. Here’s What They Think of It.

The Medicaid program, already the nation's largest insurer, has quickly added millions to its rolls since the start of Obamacare's coverage expansion.

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