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Health briefs: Marketplaces open soon; millions use sleeping pills

Obamacare's marketplaces to open soon

Millions of Americans soon will be able to purchase health insurance through the online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The marketplaces are scheduled to open Oct. 1 to sell coverage that takes effect Jan. 1. Medicare beneficiaries will get their insurance as they always have. Many people who work for large employers will keep getting their insurance through work, just like always. But for individuals who will be marketplace customers, there's a lot to think about in the coming weeks. The Tampa Bay Times and PolitiFact have been covering Obamacare from the start and will continue to be your guide through this unfolding story. We want to make our coverage as useful to you as possible and share the stories of bay area residents. Please send the questions and issues you would like to read about to Health and Medicine Editor Charlotte Sutton: sutton@tampabay.com.

Nearly 9M in U.S. use sleeping pills

Nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping pills — and most are white, female, educated or 50 or older, according to the first government study of its kind. But that's only part of the picture. Experts think there are millions more who try options like over-the-counter medicines or chamomile tea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study was based on interviews with about 17,000 adults from 2005 through 2010.

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