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    1. Patients Struggle to Learn Health Insurance Lingo

      By Anna Gorman As soon as Deb Emerson, a former high school teacher from Oroville, Calif., bought a health plan in January through the state’s insurance exchange, she felt overwhelmed. She couldn’t figure out what was covered and what wasn’t. Why weren’t her anti-depressant medications included? Why

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    2. What’s At Stake For Birth Control In Upcoming SCOTUS Decision

      By Julie Rovner One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term will may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contrace

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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