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Health reform promises end to insurance rescissions – Health insurance industry practices that result in health policy cancellations may soon come to an end, thanks to ACA regulations that will prohibit carriers from rescinding coverage except in clear-cut cases of fraud.

June 2, 2011

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Deadly recision in the insurance industry.

Reform promises end to deadly rescissions

Industry practices that result in health policy cancellations may soon come to an end, thanks to health reform regulations that prohibit rescissions except in clear cases of fraud.

June 2, 2011

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New health reform measures give patients right to appeal health plan decisions – The Obama Administration has announced new provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will give consumers additional protection from insurance industry abuses. The Administration also announced it will set up consumer assistance offices in each state help consumers challenge health insurance plan decisions and to help them find health coverage […]

July 22, 2010

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Californians beginning to see benefits of health reform

California Progress Report – The new health reform law may not solve everyone’s problems, but Californians are beginning to feel the effects of the law just 90 days after its passage. Read the report, “Health Reform 3-Month Status Report: Californians Begin To See the Benefit, Much More Work To Do.”

June 22, 2010

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Keeping the Plan You Like – Throughout the health reform debate, the President has been clear that we should build on the insurance system we have, keeping the parts that work and gradually fixing the parts that don’t. The Affordable Care Act is designed to let Americans keep their health insurance if they like it while adding important consumer […]

June 14, 2010

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Do you have one in black?

The thing I always hated about buying a car was the grueling trek from dealership to dealership to dealership, hoping to find the right make and model with the right features. Mostly, I detested the inevitable struggle to get the car salesman to reveal the real bottom-line price of the car I wanted. Yuck. Buying […]

May 18, 2010

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HEALTH REFORM: The One Month Retrospective

The New Health Dialogue – Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, recently offered us a look at what health reform has accomplished in a few short weeks. And HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday announced how it’s going to help early retirees stay covered before reaching Medicare age. The pace is […]

May 4, 2010

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In a Coma, With the Plug Pulled on Health Insurance

AlterNet – Heather Galeotti lay in a coma for nearly six months before her health insurer, Kaiser Permanente, informed her family that it would not cover $4 million in medical bills.

March 26, 2010

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Unemployed, But Not Uninsured

Newsweek – Say what you will about the politics surrounding health-care reform, but the new legislation undoubtedly will boost the quality of life for the unemployed and the underemployed. In the midst of the Great Recession, that’s a lot of folks: roughly 15 million Americans. “Those are precisely the type of people helped by this […]

March 23, 2010

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Flashpoint: Rural America needs health insurance reform

Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.) – As a former two-term Governor and now as Secretary of Agriculture I have seen the consequences of a health care system in need of reform – too few insured, too costly for others and too little quality for all. Unsustainable growth in the cost of health care and the continued […]

September 27, 2009

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