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    1. Is There Gunk On Your Greens? 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

      By Lydia Zuraw Frozen vegetables are a staple in many diets, so a huge recall of them has us peering at the packages in our freezers. On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an outbreak of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria and frozen vegetables and fruits

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    2. UHC Marketplace Departure May Impact Cost, Access

               By Phil Galewitz        UnitedHealthcare’s decision to quit insurance exchanges in about 30 states next year has patient advocates concerned that fewer options could force consumers to pay more for coverage and have a smaller choice of network providers.        The company’s departure could

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    3. AR Governor Extends Medicaid Expansion

               By David Ramsey        Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday signed an appropriation bill into law and used a line-item veto to insure continuation of the state’s Medicaid expansion, ending a two-week budget standoff.        The Medicaid expansion covers more than 267,000 Arkansans who make

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    4. Medicaid Expansion and Poor Adults' Health Care

               By Phil Galewitz        In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday.        Yet rese

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    5. Rise In Hospital Oncologists Boosts Chemo Costs

      By Michelle Andrews If you have cancer, chances are your outpatient chemotherapy treatment costs are higher if your oncologist works for a health care system than if she has her own practice, a recent study found. The study by researchers at the University of Chicago analyzed private health insuranc

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    6. Cost And Health Care Quality: Many Don’t See Link

      By Michelle Andrews Most consumers don’t believe the adage that “you get what you pay for” in health care, according to a new study. The report in this month’s issue of the journal Health Affairs analyzed the responses of 2,010 adults to four questions about the relationship between health care pric

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    7. CA Marketplace Imposes Quality, Cost Conditions

      By Ana B. Ibarra and David Gorn Moving into a realm usually reserved for health care regulators, the California health marketplace Thursday unveiled sweeping reforms to its contracts with insurers, seeking to improve the quality of care, curb its cost and increase transparency for consumers. The att

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    8. Doctors, Patients May Miss Chances To Lower Costs

      By Shefali Luthra Talking about money is never easy. But when doctors are reluctant to talk about medical costs, a patient’s health can be undermined. A study published in Monday’s Health Affairs explores the dynamics that can trigger that scenario. Patients are increasingly responsible for shoulder

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    9. Indiana's Medicaid Expansion Makes Poorest Pay

      By Phil Galewitz GARY, Ind. — Reginald Rogers owes his dentist a debt of gratitude for his new dentures, but no money. Indiana’s Medicaid program has them covered, a godsend for the almost toothless former steelworker who hasn’t held a steady job for years and lives in his daughter’s basement. “I ju

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    10. Montana Medicaid Expansion Earns Good Grades

      By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Montana’s new Medicaid expansion just got its first progress report, and it is exceeding expectations. Initial projections were for about 23,000 of the state’s estimated 70,000 Medicaid-eligible residents to take up the new coverage in its first year. Instead, i

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