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    1. Some Automatically Enrolled In Medicare Advantage

               By Susan Jaffe        Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor’s office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its

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    2. Insurers May Share Blame For Generic Price Hikes

               By Michelle Andrews        This week, I addressed questions from readers about generic drug prices as well as health plans with high deductibles and those that have grandfathered status under the health law.        Q. I take levothyroxine, the generic form of Synthroid, to treat a thyroid d

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    3. Covered CA Health Plan Rates To Jump 13% In 2017

               By Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone        California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year.        The Covered California exchange had won plaudits by negotiating 4 percent average r

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    4. Even 'Good' Insurance Comes With Hidden Hospital Bills

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Quality private health insurance is no protection against large out-of-pocket bills following routine hospital stays, a new study warns. "Hidden" costs of hospitalization for privately insured adults rose more than 37 percent

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    5. Republicans Unveil Plan To Replace Health Law

               By Julie Rovner        Six years after promising a plan to “repeal and replace” the federal health law, House Republicans are finally ready to deliver.        The 37-page white paper, called “A Better Way,” includes virtually every idea on health care proposed by Republicans going back at l

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    6. HHS Targets Young Adults for Obamacare Enrollment

      By Phil Galewitz Amid early signs that insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act might rise significantly next year, administration officials Tuesday previewed their plans to increase enrollment in the marketplaces, particularly among young adults who have been slow to sign up. Open enrollmen

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    7. Increases In 2017 Obamacare Premiums Projected

               By Phil Galewitz        Next year’s premiums for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act could rise more than in past years in most markets and declines might be rare, according to a preliminary analysis of insurers’ plans.        Overall, premiums for a popular type of plan — the sec

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    8. UnitedHealth To Exit California’s Obamacare Market

               By Chad Terhune        UnitedHealth Group Inc. is leaving California’s insurance exchange at the end of this year, state officials confirmed Tuesday.        The nation’s largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health insurance marketplaces it

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    9. Medicare’s Drug-Pricing Experiment Stirs Opposition

      By Julie Appleby A broad proposal by Medicare to change the way it pays for some drugs has drawn intense reaction and lobbying, with much of the debate centering on whether the plan gives too much power over drug prices to government regulators. One of most controversial sections would set up a nati

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    10. Doctors’ House Calls Saving Money For Medicare

      By Susan Jaffe Looking for ways to save money and improve care, Medicare officials are returning to an old-fashioned idea: house calls. But the experiment, called Independence at Home, is more than a nostalgic throwback to the way medicine was practiced decades ago when the doctor arrived at the pat

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