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Questions And Answers About Health Insurance Exchanges

The Associated Press reports the company operating call centers to help consumers navigate new online insurance marketplaces will add 120 jobs in eastern Iowa as part of a nationwide expansion. Other news outlets answer queries about the cost of insurance in those marketplaces, also called exchanges, which open for enrollment Oct. 1.

The Associated Press: Company Adds 120 Jobs For Health Care Law Help
A company that won the federal contract to help customers navigate the Affordable Care Act will add at least 120 jobs at an eastern Iowa call center as part of a nationwide expansion to support the law's implementation, its vice president said Monday (Foley, 7/1).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: Q&A: Buying Your Own Health Insurance
People have lots of questions today about what will happen to the amount they pay for insurance this fall, when the federal health-care law's insurance marketplaces open, selling individual policies subject to the new requirements of the law. And we have answers (Radnofsky, 7/1).

Kaiser Health News: Income -- Not Assets -- Will Determine Subsidies In Online Insurance Marketplaces
KHN's consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers readers' questions about how income and other assets will affect health insurance choices and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act, and whether having access to a student health plan will make a person ineligible for subsidized coverage on the exchanges (Andrews, 7/2).

Fiscal Times: Healthy Consumers Will Pay More For Insurance
Healthy Americans may see their insurance rates double or triple under the new exchanges set up through Obamacare, while the new law will make health care more affordable for sick consumers, according to a new analysis of rates in eight states by The Wall Street Journal. The Journal says the exchanges aren’t likely going to offer the cut-rate policies healthy people can currently buy. At the same time, many sick consumers who previously faced astronomical premiums may see more affordable plans (Ehley, 7/1).

Los Angeles Times: NFL Punts On Obamacare As Officials Draw Up Enrollment Game Plan
The National Football League is taking a pass on promoting Obamacare. Federal and state officials across the country are looking to spread the word about enrollment starting in October for new health insurance exchanges under President Obama's Affordable Care Act (Terhune, 7/1).

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