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    1. Feds to Insurers: Free Contraception Means Free

      By Phil Galewitz Free means free. The Obama administration said Monday that health plans must offer for free at least one of every type of prescription birth control — clarifying regulations that left some insurers misinterpreting the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. “Today’s guidance se

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    2. Thousands May Have Been Shorted On Subsidies

      By Michelle Andrews Thousands of families with a disabled or deceased parent may have received a lower subsidy than they deserved to buy health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace as a result of a calculation error by the federal government. In addition, some who should have been elig

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    3. What’s At Stake In Supreme Court Obamacare Case

      By Jeff Cohen, WNPR The Affordable Care Act mandates that all Americans get health coverage or pay a penalty. To help people pay for that insurance, the federal government subsidizes insurance premiums for millions of Americans. In just a couple of months, the Supreme Court will rule in a major case

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    4. Still Time To Save On Health Law's Tax Penalties?

      By Michelle Andrews Even though the April 15 tax filing deadline has passed, you might be eligible for some health law-related changes that may save you money down the road. –If you owed a penalty for not having health insurance last year and didn’t buy a plan for 2015, you may still be able to sign

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    5. New Specialty Medicines Drive Up Drug Spending

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay New) -- New medicines targeting conditions like hepatitis C, cancer and multiple sclerosis helped to propel drug spending to its highest level in more than a decade, a new report finds. Medicine sales jumped 13 percent, to near

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    6. Fed Marketplace Better Than States At Enrollments

      By Michelle Andrews Despite its rocky launch, the federal health insurance exchange did better than the exchanges run by individual states at both enrolling new people in Obamacare and hanging onto previous enrollees during the 2015 open enrollment period that ended in February, according to a recen

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    7. Montana Moderates Revive Medicaid Expansion

      By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Moderate Republicans have outmaneuvered conservatives in the Montana legislature to give a Medicaid expansion bill here a real chance of passing. Its prospects have been in doubt since the legislative session began in January. The bill faces a crucial debate and

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    8. No Drop In Insurance Enrollment At Work

      By Michelle Andrews There has been much hand wringing over the health law requirement that large employers this year offer insurance to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties for not doing so. The new rules would cost employers a bundle, some fretted, as part-timers clamored fo

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    9. Battle Over Dementia Drug Swap Has Big Stakes

      By Julie Appleby Executives at drug company Actavis knew they had to move fast to avoid a plunge in sales of their top-selling drug, Namenda, a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease which would lose patent protection in July. When that happened, generic knockoffs would flood the market and doctors and p

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    10. HHS: Health Law Has Helped Insure 16.4 Million

      By Julie Rovner A total of 16.4 million non-elderly adults have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this month – a “historic” reduction in the number of uninsured, the Department of Health and Human Services said Monday. Those gaining insurance si

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