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March 23, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
If you don't  have health insurance and want it, now is the time to act. The deadline to sign up for coverage under Obamacare is fast approaching. Experts have many suggestions.   Some recommendations are as easy as calling the state insurance exchange, insurers, insurance brokers or one of many enrollment counselors hired to help you. But have patience. It could involve a long wait. Here are things to consider. Know the deadline.  You have until March 31 to buy a private health plan that will take effect by May 1. If you miss the deadline, you won't be eligible to buy insurance again until open enrollment returns in November, and that coverage won't take effect until 2015.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Milk, bread and Obamacare. Ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline, the Covered California exchange said Friday that it reached a deal with pharmacy giant CVS Caremark Corp. and the Ralphs grocery chain to promote the healthcare law inside their stores. The state said it will have health insurance information displays at the front of CVS stores. At Ralphs supermarkets, shoppers can get brochures and other information, hear in-store announcements and see messages on their receipts about health coverage.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act. That's Obama's deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31...
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Nearly half of callers to California's health insurance exchange in February and March couldn't get through and abandoned their call, state figures show. Those service woes could worsen as more people try to beat the March 31 deadline to get Obamacare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Also Thursday, the Covered California exchange reported progress on another front: low enrollment among the state's large Latino population. At its monthly board meeting, the exchange said 32% of health plan enrollees in the first two weeks of March described themselves as Latino.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout has not set a deadline for negotiations on a long-term contract extension, and the Angels' center fielder said Thursday he would not be opposed to talks carrying into the regular season. Players in similar situations often prefer to sign before the start of the season, so talks don't become a distraction, or put off negotiations until after the season. Not Trout, 22, who finished second in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2012 and 2013. "It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
California is nearing 1 million people enrolled in Obamacare coverage, but the state's insurance exchange is still running behind in signing up Latinos and young people. In figures released Thursday, the state said 923,832 people had picked a health plan through March 9, and about 1.5 million people have enrolled or been deemed eligible for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor. But the overall rate of health plan sign-ups slowed during February, partly hurt by a five-day outage of the state's enrollment website.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Noam Levey
WASHINGTON - With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Obama's health law, administration officials announced Tuesday. The new enrollment report confirms that the administration and its allies probably will fall well short of the 7 million sign-ups that they had hoped to get in 2014. Administration officials would not even say if they believe they will enroll 6 million people, as projected by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Two weeks have passed since the NBA trading deadline, two weeks for Matt Barnes to contemplate his future with the Clippers. Barnes has elevated his game during that time, but it still appears to weigh on the small forward that he was among Clippers mentioned in trade talks with the New York Knicks. Rather than sulk, Barnes has seemed to use that as fuel for perhaps his best stretch of games all season. In six games after the trade deadline passed, Barnes averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists before the Clippers played the Lakers on Thursday night at Staples Center.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | Wire reports
NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo , who was ushered out of Vancouver and sent back to Florida eight years after he was sent packing. The Panthers, on their way to missing the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons, dealt goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony . "We're getting a great goaltender, a proven commodity," Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Owning the NHL's best record, the Ducks aren't feeling the pressure of Wednesday's trading deadline like others trying to get in the playoffs, climb toward Anaheim's lofty perch or rid themselves of a pending free agent. Yet, a final piece that could help clinch home-ice advantage through the Western Conference playoffs and further improve their chance at a Stanley Cup might be out there, and the Ducks are equipped with the depth to deal. Whether it be one more shutdown defenseman, an elite scoring forward or another center, Anaheim owns two first-round and two second-round picks in this year's draft, and a wealth of goaltending depth - such as Viktor Fasth - with young forwards who might also emerge as bargaining chips.
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