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    1. PhRMA, Advocates: Specialty Drug Costs Too High

      By Lisa Gillespie Here’s the next salvo in the back and forth between insurers and the drug industry over drug prices: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America are pushing the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to protect consumers who have gained insurance via th

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    2. Insurers Push Back Against Growing Cost Of Cancer Treatments

      By Julie Appleby Some cancer patients and their insurers are seeing their bills for chemotherapy jump sharply, reflecting increased drug prices and hospitals’ push to buy oncologists’ practices and then bill at higher rates. Patients say, “‘I’ve been treated with Herceptin for breast cancer for seve

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    3. Senate Confirms Sylvia Burwell as New HHS Chief

      June 6, 2014 -- The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday in a 78 to 17 vote. Her job of overseeing the Affordable Care Act likely won't be easy, though. The vote was overwhelmingly in Burwell's favor, but

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    4. More Than 1.7 Million Consumers Still Wait For Medicaid Decisions

      By Phil Galewitz While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for their applications to be processed—with some stuck in limbo for as long as eight months, according t

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    5. Medicaid Patients Get Worse Cancer Care: Studies

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid patients appear to receive worse cancer care than people who can afford private insurance, a trio of new studies says. Those covered by Medicaid, the federal health plan for low-income people, are less likely

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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