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  1. Adults With Insurance May Have Unmet Dental Needs

    By Michelle Andrews Dental care ranked number one among health care services that people with insurance say they’re skimping on because of cost, a new survey found. One in five adults reported that they had unmet dental care needs because they couldn’t afford necessary care, according to the brief b

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  2. Employers Shift More Health Costs To Workers

    By Jay Hancock Premiums for job-based medical insurance rose moderately — 4 percent in 2015 — but employers continued to shift in expenses to workers, according to a new survey. The average premium for single coverage rose to $6,251 while the average premium for a family plan increased to $17,545, a

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  3. Nearly 9M Got Insurance In First Marketplace Year

    By Julie Rovner The percentage of Americans without health insurance dropped by nearly three percentage points between 2013 and 2014, according the U.S. Census Bureau, from 13.3 to 10.4 percent. Put another way, 8.8 million more people were insured in 2014 than the year before. The annual study from

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  4. In CO, Insurance Surges But Cost Still Concern

    By John Daley, Colorado Public Radio On Wednesday, the Census Bureau gave Obamacare some good news: the uninsurance rate in the country dropped to 10.4 percent in 2014, down from 13.3 percent in 2013. Colorado may be doing even better. According to a survey from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Colorado H

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  5. Spreading The Word: Obamacare and Native Americans

    By Anna Gorman ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service (IHS) her entire life. The clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema – chronic problems, nothing urgent. Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in he

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  6. Medicaid Drives Historic Coverage Gains In CO

    By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Health News Colorado Colorado’s uninsured rate has plummeted from a recent high of 15.8 percent four years ago to 6.7 percent this year, and the success of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado is almost entirely the result of Medicaid expansion, according to a much anticipa

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  7. 2 Million Exchange Enrollees Miss Out On Aid

    By Michelle Andrews More than 2 million people with coverage on the health insurance exchanges may be missing out on subsidies that could lower their deductibles, copayments and maximum out-of-pocket spending limits, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health. Those who may be missing out are peo

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  8. Diabetes Drug Costs Overlooked, But Shouldn’t Be

    By Michelle Andrews When it comes to treating chronic conditions, diabetes drugs aren’t nearly as sexy as say, Sovaldi, last year’s breakthrough hepatitis C drug that offers a cure for the chronic liver infection at a price approaching six figures. Yet an estimated 29 million people have diabetes — 

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  9. Some Employers Look To Control High Drug Costs

    By Lisa Gillespie More than half of large employers in 2016 will aim to more tightly manage employees’ use of high-priced specialty drugs, one of the fastest-growing expenses in their health plans. Despite those efforts, companies still expect the cost of specialty drugs that are carefully administe

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  10. Iowans Worry About Private Management Of Medicaid

    By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio Brenda Hummel’s 7-year-old daughter Andrea was born with severe epilepsy. Like many children with significant diseases or disabilities, she has health insurance through Medicaid. Hummel navigated Iowa’s Medicaid resources for years to find just the right doctors an

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