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In California, the effort to get people signed up for insurance has proceeded with little partisan rancor, and at a quickening pace. December enrollment was nearly four times that of October and November combined. Nonetheless, millions of Californians remain uninsured.

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About one in four Texans lack health coverage, including one in three Hispanics in the state. If a significant portion of the 6.1 million uninsured here don’t or can’t enroll, national targets could be missed, the new health insurance exchanges could falter and insurance rates could spike.

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As the Health Insurance Marketplace launched Tuesday, the news media focused on computer glitches and long wait times.  But there’s one population that didn’t have the opportunity to join the fray – those wanting to sign up in Spanish.

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Our all-star panel, including Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post and Peggy Girshman of Kaiser Health News, discuss via webcast key issues journalists need to know about covering the Affordable Care Act implementation.

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Enrollment drives are underway across the country, as community clinics, health care advocates and faith-based organizations make a push to find the uninsured and help them get ready to obtain it.

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Wondering who is eligible for health insurance that will be offered through the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplaces? Here's a breakdown of all you need to know about navigating and covering the state exchanges that will offer individual policies.
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As the deadline for the Affordable Care Act’s implementation draws nearer, the largest state in the union and often a bellwether, has revealed its plans and rates for a key element of health reform – the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

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