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Health law could overwhelm addiction services

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier, according to many experts, has been a lack of health insurance.

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  • ‘Obamacare’ contractors project confidence

    Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) —Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested. With just three weeks to go before new state health insurance markets launch, efforts are ongoing to reliably link up government agencies, the markets themselves and private health plans. The congressional

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  • Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform

    Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland’s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act,

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  • Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    In this March 28, 2013 file photo, medical resident Stephanie Place examines Maria Cazho at the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago. As clinics gear up for the expansion of health insurance, they're recruiting young doctors.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    ANN SANNER, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting face time with the family doctor could soon become even harder. A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country is expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain coverage under the federal health care law next year. Doctors could face a backlog, and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Attempts to address

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  • How to apply for benefits

    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    This April 30, 2013 file photo shows the short form for the new federal Affordable Care Act application in Washington. Getting covered through President Barack Obama’s health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires some research. You’ll need accurate income information for your household, plus some understanding of how health insurance works, so you can get the financial assistance you qualify for and pick a health plan that’s right for your needs. (AP Photo/J. David

    (AP) As enrollment under the Affordable Care Act opens, those seeking coverage will need accurate income information, plus some understanding of how health insurance works. The process involves federal agencies verifying your identity, citizenship and income, and you have to sign that you are providing truthful information, subject to perjury laws. After state health insurance markets open Oct. 1, consumers can apply online, via a call center, in person or

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  • Key consumer questions about the health reforms

    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    (AP) How do I know whether “Obamacare” applies to me? Polls show many Americans remain mystified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it is commonly known. But there’s an obvious starting point: Do you have health care coverage? If your employer provides health insurance for you, it’s likely you don’t have to do anything on Oct. 1, when enrollment begins. The president has said you

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  • Key dates in Obama health care overhaul law

    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    In this March 23, 2010 file photo, Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, and others, look on as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    (AP)  Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, and within a year seniors were receiving coverage. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and the uninsured start getting coverage more than three years later on Jan. 1, 2014. Some key dates in the saga of Obama’s signature legislation: March 23, 2010 — Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Democrats

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