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    1. Medicaid Enrollment Up By More Than 1 Million In April

      By Phil Galewitz Medicaid enrollment surged by more than 1 million people in April, bringing the total growth in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor since September to about 6 million, the Obama administration said Wednesday. The increase is significant because it shows Medicaid

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    2. Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children Frustrated By Privacy Law

      By Jenny Gold Among the many questions brought up by the horrifying killings in Isla Vista, Calif., last month were what could have parents have done to prevent the tragedy, if anything? And what did they actually know about their son’s mental illness? Some parents of adult children with mental illn

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    3. Medicare Could Save Billions On Drug Plans

      By Julie Rovner A new study finds that Medicare is spending billions of dollars more than it needs to on prescription drugs for low-income seniors and disabled beneficiaries. In 2013, an estimated 10 million people who participate in the Medicare prescription drug program, known as Part D, received

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    4. Safety Net Hospitals Seeing More Paying Patients

      By Phil Galewitz At Seattle’s largest safety-net hospital, the proportion of uninsured patients fell from 12 percent last year to an unprecedented low of 2 percent this spring—a drop expected to boost Harborview Medical Center’s revenue by $20 million this year. And the share of uninsured patients w

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    5. Next Big Benefit Change: 7 Things You Should Know

      By Julie Appleby After getting a green light from the Obama administration earlier this month, more employers may begin to cap what they pay for certain medical treatments, such as joint replacements and drugs, potentially shifting more costs to workers. Done right, economists and policy experts say

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    6. California Doctors Among Those Charging Medicare The Most For Office Visits

      By Lisa Aliferis By April Dembosky By Lisa Pickoff-White When people think of seeing a doctor, generally the first thing that comes to mind is an office visit. But not all visits are the same. Frequently, patients have minor problems, which can be dispensed with quickly. Other problems are much more

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    7. Study: Limited Competition Raised Obamacare Prices

      By Jay Hancock Many insurers only dipped a toe into the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces for their first year. Cigna, one of the country’s largest insurers, offered 2014 plans to individuals in fewer than half a dozen states. Humana is only in a little more than a dozen states. The biggest

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    8. Survey: Many Women Unaware How Health Law Benefits Them

      By Lisa Gillespie A large number of women face significant barriers to health care, and while the health law will likely help them get services, some are unaware of the benefits already in effect, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially inde

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    9. Medicare Reverses Denial Of Costly Treatment For Hepatitis C Patient

      By Richard Knox Walter Bianco, an Arizona man denied access to new drugs to cure his hepatitis C infection, will get the costly medications after all. Late Tuesday, Bianco’s doctor got word that the earlier denials had been reversed – an unusually fast turnaround for the agency. “I am very pleased t

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    10. Gaps In Kids' Dental Coverage A Trouble Spot

      By Marissa Evans No one wants to go to the dentist, but kids need to. A small cavity left to fester can grow into a big health problem. That’s why the government made pediatric dental care one of the health law’s “essential benefits.” But new data suggest the law is failing to fully deliver on its p

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