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    1. Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of ACA Subsidies

      By Julie Rovner Updated at 2:30 p.m. Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans. In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals

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    2. Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law

      By Carrie Feibel, KUHF In just over the past year, the number of abortion clinics in Texas fell from 41 to 20, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September. Many of those closed because of the requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a ce

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    3. Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

      By Susan Jaffe In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescripti

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    4. Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare

      By Jay Hancock UnitedHealthcare, the insurance giant that largely sat out the health law’s online marketplaces’ first year, said Thursday it may sell policies through the exchanges in nearly half the states next year. “We plan to grow next year as we expand our offering to as many as two dozen state

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    5. Specialty Care Is A Challenge In Some ACA Plans

      By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few doctors have attracted the attention of federal regulato

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    6. Obamacare Help Was In High Demand, Survey Shows

      By Jenny Gold Most working people in the U.S. sign up for health insurance in a very straightforward way: a few forms, a few questions for human resources, a few choices of plans. Signing up for Affordable Care Act insurance was nothing like that. It involved questions about income, taxes, family si

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    7. The Latest In Medical Convenience: ER Appointments

      By Anna Gorman By Victoria Colliver Scott Paul knew he needed to head to the emergency room on a recent Sunday after his foot became so painful he couldn't walk. The one thing that gave him pause was the thought of having to wait several hours next to a bunch of sick people. But his wife, Jeannette,

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    8. 2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' in Federal Insurance Applications

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. reports suggest it's possible that people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on the federal government's health care website -- or state websites in California and Connecticut --

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    9. Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Injuries

      By Jordan Rau During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in

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    10. Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans

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