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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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Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law
An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.

Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South
Same-sex-marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.
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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf
Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
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How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup
Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.

Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe
The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

For Your Eyes Only: Is Telling A Story's Limits Convincing Or Annoying?
Complaints over a Houston Obamacare piece illustrate a link between editorial guidance and trust.

Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law
These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.

'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter
Congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman gives his take on the 113th Congress, including how House Speaker John Boehner has little sway, and business in the Senate has virtually ground to a halt.
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Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?
A mother seeks advice on how to get her ex-husband to keep their sons on his plan because it would be less costly than hers.

Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary
The biggest jump since 2013 has been in states that expanded Medicaid and created insurance exchanges. Arkansas has fared best — reducing its percentage of uninsured from 22 to 12.
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More stories from the NPR series Judging The Health Care Law

Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website, statehealthfacts.org for California health data

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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