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2011 October - Health Insurance Chat

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Entries for October, 2011

New health insurance co-op aims to cut costs for patients, doctors

News from TheDay.com: East Lyme – As a primary care physician running a private practice for more than 30 years, Dr. David Thompson sees firsthand the problems with health insurance from the perspective of both a physician and an employer. For people without insurance through their employer and too young for Medicare, health insurance is [...]

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A first look at health insurance exchange

News from Omaha World-Herald:Published Saturday October 29, 2011 HEALTH CARE PLANS A first look at health insurance exchange LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers got a peek at the potential skeleton of a state health insurance exchange Friday. But officials with the State Department of Insurance urged them not to proceed with setting up an exchange during [...]

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Ohioans Consider Health Care Issue

News from Wheeling News Register: Editor’s note: This article is the third in a three-part series examining the state issues that will appear before Ohio voters in the Nov. 8 general election. — ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio voters will indicate Nov. 8 whether provisions of the new federal health care law should be applied in [...]

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11000 may rejoin state’s Basic Health plan

News from The Seattle Times: Originally published October 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM | Page modified October 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM About 11,000 people who were kicked off the state’s Basic Health insurance program for the working poor in March because of their immigration status will be allowed to re-enroll after a federal court [...]

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Chamber Of Commerce Asks Supreme Court To Review Health Care Law

News from Huffington Post: A giant sign reading ‘jobs’ hangs outside the US Chamber of Commerce building in Washington on September 06, 2011. Top US Republican leaders pressed President Barack Obama for a meeting to discuss his plan for boosting the economy and creating jobs, two days before he lays it out in a crucial [...]

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Long lines for free health care in LA

News from CBS News:(CBS News)  LOS ANGELES – The crowds lining up overnight at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena weren’t there for a rock concert or basketball game. They came to see a doctor for free – a year after Congress passed health care reform. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports dental and eye [...]

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Va. officials to meet about setting up health-insurance exchange

News from Richmond Times Dispatch: The Virginia General Assembly wants a head start on how to set up a health-insurance exchange amid uncertainty about the federal law that requires that the entity be created. The commerce and labor committees of both legislative houses will meet Nov. 15 for a joint briefing by Secretary of Health [...]

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Wal-Mart trims some US health coverage

News from Reuters: A Walmart Neighborhood Market sign is seen outside a newly opened store in Chicago September 21, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jim Young By Jessica Wohl Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:01pm EDT (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer offer health insurance to new part-time U.S. employees who work fewer than 24 hours a [...]

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Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Benefits

News from New York Times: By STEVEN GREENHOUSE and REED ABELSON Published: October 20, 2011 After trying to mollify its critics in recent years by offering better health care benefits to its employees, Wal-Mart is substantially rolling back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raising premiums for many full-time staff. Citing rising costs, Wal-Mart, the [...]

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Massachusetts Tries to Rein In Its Health Costs

News from New York Times: By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KEVIN SACK Published: October 17, 2011 BOSTON — On the Republican campaign trail, the health care debate has focused on the mandatory coverage that Mitt Romney signed into law as governor in 2006. But back in Massachusetts the conversation has moved on, and lawmakers are now [...]

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