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    ASK EMILY: As enforcer of Obamacare, the IRS faces limits

    BY EMILY BAZAR CHCF Center for Health Reporting
    Tuesday, Apr 22 2014 05:00 AM

    Americans love their tax refunds. I know I do. So why is conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh advising his listeners to avoid them?

    In a word, Obamacare. "If you structure your taxes so that you do not get a refund, you do not have to buy insurance and you do not have to pay a fine 'cause they can't collect it from you if you don't have a refund due," Limbaugh said in October, according to a transcript on his website.

    Limbaugh is referring to the Affordable Care Act's tax penalty, which will be imposed on people who don't have health insurance this year and beyond.

    I explained some of the particulars of the penalty in my last column. Above all, I tried to dispel the misconception that the 2014 fine is $95 per uninsured person...

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    ASK EMILY: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

    In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year. So much for that. You now have until 11:59 p.m....

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    Obamacare procrastinators endure long waits, crashing website

    The state jumped through all sorts of hoops to make sure it was ready for a deluge of applications on the last day of open enrollment for Covered California Monday. Didn't work. The Covered California health insurance exchange portal...

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    ASK EMILY: Last chance: The Obamacare deadline is here

    Here it comes, folks, the deadline that I have been harping on for months: March 31 marks the end of Obamacare's inaugural open-enrollment period and your last chance to sign up for a health plan through the state's health insurance...

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    ASK EMILY: Managing your money under Obamacare

    My inbox is brimming with your personal Obamacare stories, and most of them aren't joyous odes to the new health law. Sure, I've received a handful of emails from satisfied customers, but most of the happy people don't have much reason to...

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    ASK EMILY: Consumers getting lost in Obamacare's mazes

    To the people who run Covered California, the Medi-Cal program and health insurance companies: I know what a massive, confusing experiment Obamacare is. I know you're creating new rules, building new computer systems, hiring new staff...

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    ASK EMILY: Obamacare's other story: Medi-Cal has its own glitches

    State officials have been crowing that more than 400,000 Californians have enrolled in plans through the state's health insurance exchange, Covered California. However, another important statistic is getting lost in the exchange hubbub,...

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    Sign-up volume high for California health exchange

    SACRAMENTO -- Californians were responding to Monday's deadline for gaining health insurance with heavy activity on the marketplace's website and call centers.Covered California, the agency operating the exchange, had no current plans to...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Anemic Hispanic enrollment a big problem for Obamacare

    Ever since he started working as an adult, the 25-year-old father had never had a job that provided health benefits. All trips to the doctor as well as prescriptions for him and his wife were paid by them. In fact, Hermes Castro of Lamont...

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    Obamacare affects immigrants, too

    California has more immigrants than any other state. At least one in four Californians -- more than 10 million people -- were born in another country. And they're a diverse bunch: Some immigrants, like my parents, are naturalized U.S....

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    Ask Emily: Planes, trains and Obamacare

    About 130,000 Americans pick up and move somewhere else every single day, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates. And guess who are among the most mobile? We itchy Californians. Perhaps you're wondering what moving around has to do with...

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    ASK EMILY: Death, taxes and ... Obamacare?

    Q: I have been on the Covered California website and the calculator asks for family size, which I presume means the taxpayer plus number of dependents claimed on federal tax forms. If a consumer claims non-child family members (like aging...

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    Glitches persist in Kern with new healthcare program

    Nearly three weeks into Obamacare enrollment, those who want to help sign up people in Kern County are frustrated over technical hitches getting in their way. Some said those wrinkles seem to be smoothing out as Covered California, the... Daily Deal!

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