Insurance Options Dwindle in Some Rural Regions

By Anna Wilde Mathews and Stephanie Armour Health-insurance customers in a growing number of mostly rural regions will have just one insurer’s plans to choose from on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges next year, as some companies pull out of unprofitable markets. Read more…
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Rate requests way up for 2017 individual health-care plans

By JoNel Aleccia Thirteen health insurers have filed to sell 154 individual health plans for 2017 in Washington state, both inside and outside the state exchange, and they’re seeking rate increases that average 13.5 percent. Read more…
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News Analysis: Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare

By Elisabeth Rosenthal Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule
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HHS finalizes rule to improve health equity under the Affordable Care Act

HHS.gov Final rule prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects individuals with disabilities The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today
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Obama administration issues guidance on transgender access to school bathrooms

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN (CNN) The Obama administration issued guidance Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice went to schools Friday with guidelines
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The case of the $629 Band-Aid — and what it reveals about American health care

Updated by Sarah Kliff Last January, Malcolm Bird took his 1-year-old daughter, Colette, to the local emergency room. His wife had accidentally cut the young girl’s pinky finger while clipping her fingernails, and it had begun to bleed. They were nervous, first-time parents who
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Judge strikes down Obama health law insurance subsidy in victory for House GOP

By Spencer S. Hsu, Greg Jaffe and Lena H. Sun A federal judge struck down a portion of President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act health law Thursday, ruling that Obama exceeded his authority in unilaterally funding a provision that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health
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An anti-Obamacare lawsuit just won a big victory. Yes, another one.

Updated by Sarah Kliff A federal judge sided with House Republicans’ lawsuit against Obamacare on Thursday — a significant victory for one of the last remaining legal challenges to the President Barack Obama’s health law. Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) filed a la
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California may raise health insurance rates amid Obamacare concerns

By Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News California’s health insurance exchange estimates that its Obamacare premiums may rise 8 percent on average next year, which would end two consecutive years of more modest 4 percent increases. The projected rate increase in California, included in th
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HHS wants to redesign the medical billing system

By Amanda Ziadeh The Department of Health and Human Services wants to improve hospital billing with a simpler invoice and improving patients’ experience with the overall medical billing process. HHS announced its “A Bill You Can Understand” design and innovation challenge at the Healt
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