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Insurance companies say information they're getting from MNsure, Minnesota's insurance exchange, is inaccurate and incomplete - and that time is running out to fix the problems.
In Washington, some people trying to get coverage are being scammed. In Maryland, the executive director resigns under fire.
The administration said that 25 percent of people who signed up in October and November and 10 percent of Dec. enrollees could have errors in their forms.
UnitedHealthcare will appeal a federal judge's order temporarily blocking the insurer from dropping Connecticut providers, while doctors' groups in Ohio and New York look at bringing similar lawsuits.
News outlets report on the key tasks ahead -- enrolling enough people to stabilize the insurance market and covering people whose policies were canceled.
Insurers are reporting behind-the-scenes technical glitches that could undermine Jan. 1 coverage. In addition, news outlets offer progress reports from California, Connecticut, North Carolina, D.C., Minnesota and Oregon.
Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.
Washington D.C.'s insurance exchange has been having problems.
CNN cautions that it's not enough to sign up for a health law policy -- you need to make that first payment to your insurer. Elsewhere, ProPublica looks at healthcare.gov's back-end system to provide your sign-up information to insurers, and the Obama administration awards $55 million in grants to bolster the health care workforce.
The decision not to participate will costs states billions over the next decade which will be passed onto taxpayers, according to a study by the pro-reform Commonwealth Fund. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett begins the process of seeking federal approval for his proposal to use expansion money to help the poor buy private insurance. And the Wisconsin Assembly votes to give those losing Medicaid three more months to sign up for private plans.
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A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
Gallup says at least half of Americans have felt that way for the last three years.
Officials say negotiators are cobbling together a deal that offsets planned sequester cuts, but which includes none of the big reductions in Medicare or other entitlements sought by Republicans, nor any of the tax increases sought by Democrats. Instead, it includes targeted measures, such as increased fees for airport-security and federal guarantees of private pensions.
Federal officials say 49 Russian diplomats or their spouses defrauded Medicaid of about $1.5 million in improperly awarded benefits over ten years.
State health policy stories from North Carolina and Virginia.
This week's studies and briefs come from Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, Rand Corp., JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Psychiatry, UCLA and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear touted his state's progress on implementing the health law in appearances on Capitol Hill Thursday during which he also urged his state's Republicans -- including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- to come see how the exchange is working.
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including news about how both the federal and state-based health insurance websites are doing.
KHN consumer columnist Michelle Andrews says a reader may have to repay some of the subsidy and describes how this would typically work.
The effort highlights popular parts of the overhaul and how it advances President Barack Obama's vision of upward mobility and economic security.