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    1. ACA May Unravel if Exchange Subsidies Struck

      By Julie Rovner Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in the three dozen states where the federal government runs the program? Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermin

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    2. EEOC Takes Aim At Employer Wellness Programs

      By Michelle Andrews Do it or else. Increasingly, that’s the approach taken by employers who are offering financial incentives for workers to take part in wellness programs that incorporate screenings that measure blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index, among other things. The controversial

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    3. Specialty Drugs to Cost Consumers More Next Year

      By Julie Appleby Americans with health coverage – including those who buy it through government insurance exchanges and Medicare beneficiaries – are likely to pay more out-of-pocket next year for so-called “specialty drugs,” which treat complex conditions, according to two studies from consulting fi

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    4. Competition Helps Restrain Premiums In Marketplace

      By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby A surge in health insurer competition appears to be helping restrain premium increases in hundreds of counties next year, with prices dropping in many places where newcomers are offering the least expensive plans, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal

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    5. HHS Closing Plan Loophole on Hospital Benefits

      By Jay Hancock The Obama administration took another step to close what many see as a health-law loophole that allows large employers to offer medical plans without hospital coverage and bars their workers from subsidies to buy their own insurance. “It has come to our attention that certain group he

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    6. Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules

      By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Network Dr. Oliver Korshin, a 71-year-old ophthalmologist in Anchorage, is not happy about the federal government’s plan to have all physicians use electronic medical records or face a Medicare penalty. A few months ago when he applied for an exemption to the late

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    7. Some Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage

      By Julie Rovner You hear it so often it’s almost a cliché: The nation is facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the coming years. But is that really the case? Many medical groups, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges, say there’s littl

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    8. Wall Street Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment

      By Julie Appleby A group of Wall Street analysts predicted Friday that enrollment in health law insurance plans will be higher than the 9 million projected by the Obama administration because insurers are aggressively courting new customers and more small businesses are likely to send workers to the

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    9. Quarter Of Uninsured Can’t Afford to Buy Coverage

      By Mary Agnes Carey Just days before the health law’s marketplaces reopened, nearly a quarter of uninsured said they expect to remain without coverage because they did not think it would be affordable, according to a poll released Friday. That was by far the most common reason given by people who ex

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    10. Costly Hep C Drugs Help Drive Spending Jump

      By Roni Caryn Rabin After several years of modest increases, American spending on medications is projected to shoot up by 12 percent this year, pushing the nation’s drug bill to between $375 billion and $385 billion, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Several fact

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