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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Cancellation Notices, Uncertainty Over Doctors In New Plans Spur Concerns

News outlets report on a range of policy issues related to the health law's implementation.  

Kaiser Health News: Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies (Gorman and Appleby, 10/21).

The Texas Tribune: Uncertainty In Marketplace Health Plans Concerns Doctors
As consumers weigh coverage options available in the newly launched federal health insurance marketplace, three of the largest medical associations in Texas have raised concerns about the uncertainty of provider networks offered by health plans in the marketplace (Aaronson, 10/18).

Los Angeles Times: Insurer Health Net Overhauls Its Operations Preparing For Obamacare
Health Net Inc. sees a big opportunity in Obamacare. Although some insurers have taken a cautious approach to the Affordable Care Act, the Woodland Hills managed care company is actively seeking to cover thousands of previously uninsured people under the new healthcare system (Pfeifer, 10/20).

In addition, fresh legal tests to the health law will be heard this week --

The Wall Street Journal: Health Law Faces New Legal Challenges
The health law championed by President Barack Obama survived one major legal challenge in last year's Supreme Court ruling, but it will face fresh legal tests starting this week. Federal judges in Washington, D.C., and Virginia will consider whether the text of the statute prevents the administration from offering subsidized health insurance to millions of low- and middle-income Americans (Palazzolo, 10/20).

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