Report: Ga. Dept. of Health has encouraging info on insurance exchange rates

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Report: Ga. Dept. of Health has encouraging info on insurance exchange rates
GHN says at least three insurers – Blue Cross, Kaiser and Alliant — have offered to sell health plans in the small business exchange for 2015, the insurance department data show. There was less positive news this week on some other aspects of the …
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Insurance exchange rates for 2015 in Georgia encouraging
##At least three insurers – Blue Cross, Kaiser and Alliant — have offered to sell health plans in the small business exchange for 2015, the insurance department data show. ##Zeldin of Georgians for a Healthy Future said she is interested in finding …
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Georgia Health Insurance Exchange Guide
This guide provides an overview of the Georgia Health Insurance Exchange including the history of the exchange, how the exchange will operate, and exchange information for Georgia residents and small businesses.
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Medicaid expansion damages Corbett reelection bid

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Medicaid expansion damages Corbett reelection bid
Corbett's proposal included an Arkansas-style Medicaid expansion waiver to put new enrollees into Obamacare exchanges. In return for expanding Medicaid and adding about $ 2 billion in state spending by 2022, the governor sought higher co-pays for …
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Bad news for Obamacare haters: In Arkansas, Dems go on offense on ACA
From the start, Arkansas has been an unlikely Obamacare success story; it's a deep-red state that embraced the law. The Democratic governor worked with the Republican Legislature to craft the “private option” compromise proposal that allowed the state …
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CNN's Lemon: 'Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interests' With
LEMON: You mentioned ObamaCare…and immigration. Why do people vote against their own interests? Because if you look at West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas – they've put a lot of Republicans – they put mostly Republicans in office this election. But …
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"Family Glitch' leaves many without health coverage

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"Family Glitch' leaves many without health coverage
Franken's bill is co-sponsored by 19 other Democratic senators, including Alaska's Mark Begich. “When we passed the Affordable Care Act, we intended that all working families … My legislation, which is supported by the Small Business Majority, the …
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Small business owners: Here's what matters most as we cast our midterm votes
Debby Retherford, partner at Fence Emporium of Alaska, a supplier of fences, gates and kennels based in Palmer, Alaska: “One of the most important issues for me this election is health care. As a small business owner, it's crucial to me … But I've …
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Smoother marketplace rollout expected
Enroll Alaska, a broker that was established to help people sign up for private health insurance, is not expecting the same technological glitches that plagued the site after it launched in October 2013. Enroll Alaska went into the first enrollment …
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No target date for final KEES rollout

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No target date for final KEES rollout
Glen Yancey, chief information officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Tuesday that his staff is "making final assessments" of the readiness the Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System, or KEES. Yancey declined to give …
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Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected
The Affordable Care Act requires that women covered by group health plans be able to acquire Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods at no additional cost. In response to an outcry from religious groups, the government devised the …
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When Will We See Vision Coverage in the ACA's Exchanges?

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When Will We See Vision Coverage in the ACA's Exchanges?
Adults who have exchange-based health plans can purchase vision coverage separately, though they cannot use any subsidy money for stand-alone vision insurance sold outside the exchanges. … adding in vision care to medical plans on the exchanges might …
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Could This Be the First Pro-Choice Republican on a National Ticket?
He is a young 51, “Hollywood handsome” in the words of the Los Angeles Times, but experienced, having served as an assemblyman, chairman of the Nevada gaming commission, state attorney general, and federal judge. He hails from … Sandoval once told a …
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Civil rights commissioner: Forcing Catholic colleges to fund abortion shows

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Civil rights commissioner: Forcing Catholic colleges to fund abortion shows
As Catholic colleges in California fight back against a new mandate that they pay for elective abortion coverage on the grounds that all abortions are “medically necessary health care,” a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights has come …
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Federal judge strikes down Montana gay marriage ban

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Federal judge strikes down Montana gay marriage ban
That led host Chris Wallace to question Cruz's strategy given that the 2013 shutdown, intended to defund ObamaCare, "backfired badly" on Republicans. "You're willing to shut down departments, and you're willing to take the backlash?" Wallace asked.
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Big jump in Medicaid spending after Obamacare
This includes people who are newly eligible under Obamacare, as well as people who were qualified but hadn't enrolled. Enrollment growth is projected to average 8.3 percent across all states this fiscal year and is projected to rise by 13.2 percent in …
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Threat to health subsidies pressures state's decision to create exchange

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Threat to health subsidies pressures state's decision to create exchange
A pending U.S. Supreme Court case will take up the question of whether the subsidies are legal in more than three dozen states, including Illinois, that use a federal insurance portal connecting consumers with health plans. By establishing its … But …
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Health exchanges' finances face test in 2nd year
It's imposing a 1.4 percent fee on monthly premiums for its plans but also approved charging a $ 1.25-a-month "general market" fee on all individual and small group policies, including those sold outside the state exchange. Some lawmakers called the fee …
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Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief – NBC-2.com WBBH News

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Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief – NBC-2.com WBBH News
WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers. During a …
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Business people
Designing Women, in Sarasota, has hired consultant Karin Gustafson to provide guidance and a fresh perspective to an organization that is in the midst of a period of growth and expansion. Gustafson joined the group in October and is to provide services …
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10 Figures That May Sum Up Obamacare in 2015
That would mean a 7% premium hike formillions of consumers who purchased a silver plan through Healthcare.gov last year and do not change their plan during this enrollment period . This increase is higher than some optimists had likely expected, but …
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Liberals can't justify Obama's amnesty

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Liberals can't justify Obama's amnesty
President Barack Obama is planning to rewrite immigration law in the guise of exercising “prosecutorial discretion.” In other words, he's going to ask federal agencies not to enforce the laws on the books and hand work permits to millions of illegal …
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Rates in Delaware's health insurance marketplace to rise
The state Department of Insurance released its 2015 premium rates for qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act marketplace Friday. Most Delawareans with group insurance will see their rates rise by about 2.9 percent — the group's total …
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