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Stories with subject: Access to health care
  • Conn. enrolls total of 208,301 in health coverage 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:13 pm
  • HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's health insurance exchange announced Thursday it enrolled 208,301 people in health plans during the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, more than double its original goal of 100,000.

  • Iowa insurance agency probed for overbilling 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:28 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - State regulators are investigating an insurance agency accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:14 am
  • St. Cloud Times, April 16

  • Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:14 pm
  • OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for hundreds of children with autism starting next year under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback after a six-year fight by lawmakers and parents for at least a limited mandate.

  • Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:05 am
  • HONOLULU - When Piilani Smith was diagnosed with infertility at the doctor's office and chose to pursue fertility treatment, she was shocked by what she learned.

  • Corbett plan will test federal agency on Medicaid 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 9:10 am
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Billions of dollars, better health care for Pennsylvania's poor and election-year politics are riding on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's bid to bring Medicaid expansion money to the state under the 2010 federal health care law.

  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:25 pm
  • WASHINGTON - House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Study: Percent of uninsured kids in Ark. declines 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:19 am
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A new study shows that the percentage of children without health insurance in Arkansas declined from 2008 to 2012.

  • Report: More NY children have health insurance 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:04 am
  • ALBANY, New York - A new study shows continued gains in the numbers of New York children with health insurance, driven mostly by increased coverage through public programs.

  • Nebraska bill to require autism coverage advances 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 1:42 pm
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - A measure requiring insurance companies to offer coverage for autism therapy moved forward Wednesday in the Nebraska Legislature.

  • Health care access preserved for Portland homeless 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:52 am
  • PORTLAND, Maine - Officials in Portland expect a smooth transition as a city-run health care clinic for the homeless scales back operations, while another nonprofit clinic picks up the slack.

  • Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-ups 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 1:01 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

  • Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:44 pm
  • NEW YORK - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.

  • GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 8:14 am
  • WASHINGTON - At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama's health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.

  • NY out-of-network insurance coverage mandated 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 6:55 am
  • ALBANY, New York - Starting next year, patients in New York will be protected from the surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal bankruptcy.

  • Jindal: GOP needs 'Obamacare' alternative 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 1:54 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday offered a Republican alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs while giving consumers more flexibility in choosing insurance plans.

  • North Carolina editorial roundup 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:33 pm
  • Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:

  • Group works on Miss. health insurance enrollment 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 8:08 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - In an office building a couple blocks north of the state Capitol, employees at the nonprofit Mississippi Health Advocacy Program worked Monday to help state residents apply for coverage through a federally run health insurance website.

  • Maine makes final health coverage enrollment push 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 6:16 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Community health centers and navigators across Maine were flooded with calls and in-person requests for help Monday as last-minute health insurance shoppers sought coverage before the end of federal health care law's six-month enrollment period.

  • SC surge seeking health insurance runs into snags 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 5:08 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - With uninsured South Carolinians facing a deadline of midnight Monday for signing up for health care coverage, enrollment counselors reported a surge of people seeking their help.

  • Health care advocates make final enrollment push 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 4:55 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Advocates and insurers are experiencing a surge of inquiries across Michigan as the deadline approaches to sign up for insurance under the federal health care law.

  • Eagerness, anger at NC health coverage deadline 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 4:34 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - Efforts by the Obama administration and more than 100 North Carolina hospitals, community- and safety-net organizations to get people to sign up for subsidized private health insurance are reaching the end.

  • Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 1:41 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Like so much about the government's health care overhaul, Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn't turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enroll.

  • Health overhaul enrollees praise new system 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 2:19 pm
  • ELKHART, Indiana - Deborah Cutler is well aware of the white-hot controversy swirling around Obamacare.

  • Lyme disease sufferer on an educational mission 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 12:01 am
  • BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Susan Coleman Morse suffered with Lyme disease for 16 years before it was finally diagnosed in 2012.