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Open enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act runs Oct. 1, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014. Learn more about the plans being offered in California and Nevada and follow the latest national, state and local health care stories here.

 

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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage
For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates
Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

White House Tries To Ease Hispanic Caucus Frustrations
Many were disappointed when President Obama announced he would delay immigration reform until after mid-term elections. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz.
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How To Spot A Vulnerable House Democrat
Thirteen Democrats voted with Republicans this week on what could be the final "message" votes heading into the midterm elections.

Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In
While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.

Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014
Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.
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Can I Buy Insurance After Being Injured In An Accident?
The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.

Scott Brown Captures N.H. Republican Senate Nomination
The former Republican senator from Massachusetts will face Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in November. If Brown wins, he would become only the third U.S. senator to represent more than one state.

New Drug Czar Tackles Weed, Prescription Pain Pills
Robert Siegel talks to Michael Botticelli, acting head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, about battling drug abuse at a time when drug laws are changing around the country.
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Healthy Food? Huddle House Won't Be Serving That Anytime Soon
Huddle House says its customers don't want healthy options or calorie counts. But by defying healthy trends, the chain seems increasingly — and unapologetically — out of step with the competition.

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Insight Examines Health Care in California

  • Insight: Syria Update / Corporations Using Medi-Cal? / Pet Tales / TC Boyle

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    UC Davis professor offers analysis on the latest news concerning Syria. Will a new bill keep large corporations from "dumping" their employees into Medi-Cal? Gina Spadafori offers tips for a stress-free vet visit. Author speaks in Sac this Friday.

  • Insight: Medicaid Block Grants

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Paul Ryan's budget plan could change California's implementation of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. He wants states to use block grants instead of cost sharing. Dylan Roby of UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health helps dissect Ryan's plan.

  • Insight: California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on the ACA

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, have just gone into effect. California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones talks about it and how it will benefit Californians.

  • Insight: Primary Care Physician Shortage

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    The Supreme Court's validation of the Affordable Care Act means 3 million more Californians will be needing primary care physicians by 2014, and California is facing a growing shortage of doctors.

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