Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway?

It’s not just ideology; a lot of people don’t understand what the law does or how it works.

Consumers Who Froze Their Credit Reports Could Hit A Glitch Enrolling In Insurance

The federal marketplace generally uses credit reports to help verify identities, but that doesn’t work if consumers have put a security freeze on them — as some did after the Equifax breach this year. Workarounds for this issue exist, but they make the process more time-consuming.

Reverberations From War Complicate Vietnam Veterans’ End-Of-Life Care

Vietnam veterans’ wartime experiences — and their lasting psychological toll — can make it harder to treat their physical and emotional pain as they approach death.

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions. But some doctors are trying to teach others about “deprescribing” or systematically discontinuing medicines that are inappropriate, duplicative or unnecessary.

Experts Tell Congress How To Cut Drug Prices. We Give You Some Odds.

Some of the nation’s most influential scientists recommend eight steps to lower drug prices. KHN takes the political temperature and tells you the chances of Congress acting on them.

Sen. Collins’ Strategy To Stabilize Insurance Market Raises Doubts Among Analysts

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

Desperate For Coverage: Are Short-Term Plans Better Than None At All?

As stopgap health plans gain attention as possible alternatives to Obamacare, consumers are advised to read the fine print.

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Marketing Covered California

Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, is wielding a monster marketing budget that devotes $45 million to ads, including $18 million for TV and $8 million for radio. The state’s marketing riches contrast starkly with the advertising budget for the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov.

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