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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Health Law Causing Confusion For Consumers, Health Professionals

News outlets take a look at health law implementation challenges, including the difficulties that consumers are having in getting their coverage after enrolling and that the doctors' offices face when they attempt to confirm patients' new health plans. 

Huffington Post: Diagnosis: Headaches For Obamacare Enrollees At The Doctor's Office
Obamacare's enrollment glitches might have been fixed long ago, but they're still causing headaches at doctors' offices and clinics around the country. Patients and health care providers, in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post, complained that they are having trouble confirming that patients are insured, working out what their plans cover and figuring out which plans doctors will accept (Young, 6/18).

The Washington Post: District Residents Find Long Delays Getting Health Insurance From Private Plans
Consumers who signed up for private health insurance through the District's new insurance marketplace are experiencing lengthy delays in getting coverage, in some cases two to three months long, because of problems processing their applications, according to residents and enrollment personnel. In some cases, delays are forcing people without insurance to postpone doctor and dental visits (Sun, 6/18).

Also, a look at what fixes might cost -

The Washington Post's Wonkblog: What Would It Cost To 'Fix' Obamacare
You can't find an Obamacare supporter anywhere who thinks that the massive health-care law is problem-free. Any major law regularly gets fixed through the legislative process after it's passed, but the politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act has pretty much made this impossible so far. Democrats on the campaign trail have often talked about the need for fixing and improving Obamacare without really getting into specifics. That prompted conservative policy expert Chris Jacobs of America Next to recently wonder what these fixes would cost and how they'd be paid for. So I thought it would be a fun and useful exercise to round up Obamacare "fixes" that have garnered the broadest support and look at what they could potentially cost (Millman, 6/18).

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