Health care specialist Stacy Chagolla helps William Bishop compare plans at an Affordable Care Act enrollment fair in Pasadena, Calif., this month.
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November 30, 2013 Saturday is the day the White House promised the website for the Affordable Care Act will work for the "vast majority of users." NPR's health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains what that means, and whether the deadline is going to be met.
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Insurance companies say they are finding numerous mistakes on a digital form that's essential for signing up through HealthCare.gov.
November 30, 2013 HealthCare.gov is supposed to be mostly fixed by Saturday, but errors in an obscure but crucial form could further disrupt the rollout.
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The Odon Device was inspired by a YouTube video about how to remove a cork from the inside of a wine bottle.
The Odon Device
November 29, 2013 With babies getting bigger and moms' pelvises getting smaller, it's no wonder moms have problems in delivery these days. Inventors have come up with all kinds of devices to help babies into the world. Some seem promising, but others are a little far-fetched.
November 29, 2013 The Obama Administration this week announced yet another delay for small businesses seeking to purchase health insurance on the troubled HealthCare.gov website. Ari Shapiro and Julie Rovner discuss how the small business part of the program keeps getting pushed to the end of the administration's priority list.
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November 29, 2013 The ads suggest the Affordable Care Act is good for young adults because it'll save them money on health care, leaving them more to spend on liquor and birth control. (This piece initially aired Nov. 24, 2013 on Weekend Edition Sunday).
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November 29, 2013 There has not been much of a Thanksgiving break for the team that's been working frantically to repair the website of the federal government's health insurance exchanges. After a disastrous debut last month, the Obama administration promised the site would be working smoothly for the "vast majority" of users by the end of November. Where do things stand?
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November 29, 2013 In the first month of the federal health insurance exchange, about 1,400 people in Georgia signed up for insurance. One of those is Michael Lappin of Atlanta. He not only has better coverage now, but Lappin says he's saving thousands of dollars.
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Lara Imler has tried to cancel her enrollment on HealthCare.gov, but to no avail.
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November 28, 2013 Lara Imler was one of the first people in Alaska to sign up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov. Turns out, the website miscalculated her subsidy. She wants to start over and get a new plan. But a stubborn software kink is standing in her way.
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November 28, 2013 Scientists have identified special cells in the brain's hippocampus that mimic a trick of some digital cameras. These cells automatically 'tag' the memory of each event in our lives with information about where that event took place — the better to recall, perhaps, where we left our lost keys.
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November 28, 2013 The Pilgrims believed that cranberries could cure scurvy. They were wrong on their reasoning but right on the cure: The berries are packed with vitamin C. Watch our video exploring why we should all be thankful for the health-promoting compounds found in berries.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits navigators helping enroll people on HealthCare.gov.
November 28, 2013 Workers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled website have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site. Public confidence in HealthCare.gov has already taken the kind of hit that may be hard to overcome.
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What seemed like a burden can become a gift.
November 28, 2013 Most people know about advance directives for end-of-life care. But many don't know about a one-page form designed to let people who are very old or sick specify just how much medical care they want. It's signed by a physician, so it's got teeth. But some disability advocates say it may go too far for some people.
November 27, 2013 President Obama pledged that the website where consumers can sign up for health insurance will be working for the vast majority of people by Saturday. How far has HealthCare.gov come and how far does it have to go?
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Small employers can still enroll in Affordable Care Act coverage through insurers or brokers, but not through the online exchanges.
November 27, 2013 No online registration for you, the Obama administration told small-business owners interested in using the Affordable Care Act exchanges to buy employee health insurance. Online access was pushed back to November 2014. Employers can still enroll through an insurer or broker.
Madison Fitzgerald, 20, holds her baby, Jake, in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Jake, who was born 16 weeks too early, receives donor breast milk every three hours by mouth.
November 27, 2013 The push to get women to breast-feed has been so successful that many mothers who can't do it are looking for other mothers' extra milk. Milk banks that pasteurize and sell donated breast milk have sprung up. Informal online swapping of extra mother's milk has become popular, despite quality concerns.
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