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Some Well-Known Cancer Centers Are Not Included In Many Obamacare Plan Networks

An Associated Press survey finds examples across the country of renowned medical centers left off plans. Meanwhile, other news outlets report on implementation issues related to young people as well as premium costs.

The Associated Press: Health Law Concerns For Cancer Centers
Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation's best cancer hospitals are off-limits. An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state's insurance exchange. MD Anderson Cancer Center says it's in less than half of the plans in the Houston area. Memorial Sloan-Kettering is included by two of nine insurers in New York City and has out-of-network agreements with two more (Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/19).

Kaiser Health News: Some Young People Won't Get Tax Help For Obamacare Insurance
Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year. But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. A new study shows that in major cities, some young people are falling into a gap where they make about $46,000 or under, but don't actually qualify for government help to pay their insurance premiums (Gordon, 3/18).

The Hill: Obamacare Premiums To Skyrocket 
Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs (Viebeck, 3/19).

FactCheck.Org/USA Today: Fact Check: Obama Mixing And Matching Insurance Stats
President Obama jumbled his facts when asked about "skyrocketing" premiums for people who get insurance through work. He was correct to say that, generally, the Affordable Care Act isn't to blame for "skyrocketing" employer-sponsored premiums, but he made two dubious claims to back up his argument (Farley and Robertson, 3/18).

In North Carolina, lawmakers are scrutinizing the impact of the overhaul -

The Associated Press: NC Legislators Look At Health Care Law's Effects
Legislators heard and offered divergent perspectives Tuesday on the federal health care overhaul's effectiveness in North Carolina as a new committee met and revisited debates in Raleigh on the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, created the 46-member committee to examine the effects the law's requirements were having on businesses, individual and group insurance markets, and health care services (Robertson, 3/19).

North Carolina Health News: Obamacare Faces Scrutiny At Legislature
On Tuesday, lawmakers on a committee tasked with finding market-based solutions to health care problems started the day hearing suggestions on making the health care system more responsive to market forces. But as they talked about competition, experts called to educate legislators about the health care system invariably talked about how the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare) is changing the marketplace (Hoban, 3/19).

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