Lauren Farnsworth (left) and April Buell hand out literature in late March encouraging people to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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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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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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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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Flames devoured both vehicles just after a FedEx truck hit a charter bus Thursday in Northern California. At least 10 people were killed. The bus was carrying high school students who were going to visit a college. Jeremy Lockett/AP hide caption

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Raindrops on a windshield blurred the view of a woman Wednesday in San Francisco. California, which is suffering through a drought, is getting some much-needed precipitation this week. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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Chardonnay grapes are picked in the Stelling Vineyard at Far Niente winery Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, 2013 in Oakville, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest
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A new electronic system will attempt to cut costs at the Planned Parenthood in Concord. Courtesy of Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific hide caption

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Family Planning Squeezed In California By Health Law
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Sniper Attack On Power Station Highlights Grid's Vulnerability
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Sniper Attack On Calif. Power Station Raises Terrorism Fears
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