Mike Smith, of Long Beach, Calif., now pays $200 for his family's health insurance policy, compared with the $3,000 a month he would have had to pay on the individual market last year. Stephanie O'Neill for NPR hide caption

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Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses
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Oregon was an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act, and ran a series of ads encouraging all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance. But their website never became fully functional. Cover Oregon hide caption

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Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills
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Informational pamphlets are displayed during an enrollment fair on the last day before the sign-up deadline at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Confusion, Cost Lead Some Californians To Go Uninsured
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Dr. Billy Oley (left) talks with Dr. William George in the Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge, Mont. The hospital became part of the Billings Clinic system in exchange for help with its digital medical records. Eric Whitney for NPR hide caption

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help
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Hundreds in California rushed to get health insurance just before the deadline. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While
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Abortion coverage was a key sticking point during the congressional debate on the new health law. Lawmakers eventually agreed to let states decide. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama announced in early April that more than 7 million people had signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story
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A 2011 GAO report that sampled data from a handful of states suggests that, even before Obamacare, patients got the claim denial overturned 39 to 59 percent of the time when they appealed directly to the insurer. iStockphoto hide caption

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Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim
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Vice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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