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Documents show White House health care worries

Obama touts health care law

Internal document reveal concerns the Obama administration has had about sticker shock and anger related to the health care exchanges.

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Do I have to get health insurance?

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What if I can't afford health insurance?

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How will Affordable Care Act affect Medicare?

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If you're on Medicare, how will the new Affordable Care Act affect you? Click to find out…

Will I have to change doctors?

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Can I just keep the insurance I have?

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What kind of benefits can I expect?

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Can my auto-home-life insurance agent enroll me?

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Will past health problems keep me from getting coverage?

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Can my employer cut my hours?

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Can my adult children be covered by my policy?

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C. Oregon/NW Health Reform News

Walden questions state official over Cover Oregon failure

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At a congressional hearing Tuesday on state health insurance exchanges, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., questioned Patrick Allen, director of Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services, about the failure of Cover Oregon and where the state goes from here with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now managing the IT infrastructure of the state exchange.

Oregon health insurance premiums to rise in 2016

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The Oregon Insurance Division approved premium hikes on Wednesday of up to 40 percent for 2016. The increase applies only to the 10 percent of Oregonians who are self-insured.

Lawmakers set to decide on Cover Oregon's fate

Lawmakers deal with Cover Oregon

Cover Oregon, Oregon's state health insurance exchange, failed. Now, a 10-member joint committee of the 2015 Legislature is burdened with the task of what to do with the program. It's not as simple as you may think.

How the ACA could affect your tax return

How the ACA could affect your tax return

Tax season has begun and that means pouring over documents and files. This year you are going to have two new forms on that list.

Laid-off Prineville workers seek jobs, insurance

Former Woodgrain Millwork employees apply for insurance

During a time filled with uncertainty, Mosaic Medical partnered with Crook County health officials and Farmers Insurance to help former Woodgrain Millwork employees sign up for federal health insurance Wednesday night. And on Thursday, they were invited to a job fair, in hopes of finding new employment.

Health insurance open enrollment period nears

Open enrollment begins November 15th

Open enrollment begins Saturday and goes through Feb. 15th. It's the time period designated for individuals to purchase health insurance for 2015. New this year, Oregon is using the federal exchange after Cover Oregon's massive roll-out failure last year.

Study: 63 percent drop in uninsured Oregonians

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A study released Thursday shows that the number of uninsured Oregonians fell by 63 percent in the year ended June 30th.

C.O. veterans get new health care option

New health care option for veterans

The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research is now the first provider in Central Oregon to participate in Patient-Centered Community Care, or PC3. NewsChannel 21's Dan McCarthy found out how The Center will help ensure veterans access to prompt, qualified medical care.