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Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland’s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act,

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  • Changes to health care under the law, at a glance

    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Barack Obama, John Dingell, Marcela Owens

      Under the law, health insurers must cover 10 essential benefits. This will make health plans more costly, but also more comprehensive. Starting next year, the rules will apply to all plans offered to individuals or through the small-group market to employers with 50 or fewer workers. The essential-benefits requirement does not apply to plans offered by larger employers, which typically offer most of these, already.   The covered benefits

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  • Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    Posted on October 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    ANN SANNER, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Getting face time with the family doctor could soon become even harder. A shortage of primary care physicians in some parts of the country is expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain coverage under the federal health care law next year. Doctors could face a backlog, and patients could find it difficult to get quick appointments. Attempts to address

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