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Volunteers spread word about FL health insurance marketplace

Miami Herald — With state officials limiting access for federal navigators, advocacy groups and volunteers are trying to help Florida’s many uninsured residents understand the new marketplace. Enroll America, Americans United for Change, and the Young Invincibles are among the groups participating in the outreach effort.

September 30, 2013

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Two insurers to offer individual health insurance in Alabama marketplace

Birmingham Business Journal  — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, which dominates the individual insurance market in the state, and Humana will sell health insurance for individuals and families through the federal marketplace in Alabama. United Healthcare will join the other two insurers in selling small-group policies.

September 24, 2013

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Idahoans coming around to health insurance marketplace

Kaiser Health News ­— The Affordable Care Act is still wildly unpopular in Idaho, but some residents see merit in the state’s decision to run its own marketplace.

September 24, 2013

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Big MO health care providers may not be part of plans sold on health insurance exchange

St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Brokers and consultants are reporting that two large care providers, BJC Healthcare and Mercy Health, will be excluded from the insurance plans sold in Missouri through the federal marketplace, which launches Oct. 1. Federal officials have not yet confirmed which insurers will be included in Missouri.

September 24, 2013

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Limited funding leaves Missourians in the dark about health insurance marketplace

St. Louis Post-Dispatch — While neighboring Illinois has received $115 million for outreach and marketing, Missouri has received less than $5 million. Illinois is partnering with the federal government to run its marketplace, while Missouri left the responsibility completely with the feds.

September 22, 2013

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Florida bans navigators from county health facilities

The New York Times — Florida’s health department ordered county health offices to deny navigators (individuals trained to help people use the new health insurance marketplace) access to county facilities. Officials say they are applying an existing policy that blocks outside groups that are not conducting state business. Critics say it is a blatant effort […]

September 17, 2013

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Opinion: Gov. Deal working to make Obamacare fail in Georgia

Bloomberg — A doctor details how Deal and Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens are actively working against the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — at the expense of the Georgians.

September 13, 2013

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Five insurers to sell policies on Louisiana marketplace

New Orleans City Business — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Coventry, Humana, Vantage, and Louisiana Health Cooperative have applied to sell health insurance policies through the federal marketplace in Louisiana. Consumers can purchase policies beginning Oct. 1 for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2014.

September 12, 2013

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Reaching out to 3.5 million uninsured Floridians

Orlando Sentinel — Trained helpers, called navigators, are launching a grass-roots effort to help Florida’s millions of uninsured residents get health insurance through the new online marketplace. Florida health-care advocacy groups received about $8 million in federal grants to support their enrollment efforts.

September 5, 2013

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Call center opens for Washington health insurance marketplace

The Seattle Times — In a key milestone for the Washington Healthplanfinder, the new insurance marketplace opened its call center on Sept. 3. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reach the call center at 855-923-4633.

September 5, 2013

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