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    1. Castellani: Health Law’s Cost-Sharing Could Limit Patient Access To Prescription Drugs

      By Mary Agnes Carey Enrollees in some of the health law’s most popular plans will face high cost-sharing requirements that the pharmaceutical industry says could keep patients from getting the drugs they need. Most silver plans in the online marketplaces, or exchanges, require patients to pay for pr

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    2. Chemo Costs In U.S. Driven Higher By Shift To Hospital Outpatient Facilities

      By Roni Caryn Rabin The price of cancer drugs has doubled in the past decade, with the average brand-name cancer drug in the U.S. costing $10,000 for a month’s supply, up from $5,000 in 2003, according to a new report by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a health information, services and te

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    3. Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges

      By Jay Hancock Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants. "It's all over the marketplace," said Todd Yates, a managing partner at

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    4. Death Rates Fell in MA After Health-Care Reform

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Providing greater access to health insurance led to a decline in deaths, according to a new study of Massachusetts' health-reform law. Massachusetts passed comprehensive health reform in 2006, providing a model for the Aff

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    5. Health Law Requires Medicare To Cover Dementia Evaluation

      By Michelle Andrews For the millions of seniors who worry that losing their keys may mean they’re losing their minds, the health law now requires Medicare to cover a screening for cognitive impairment during an annual wellness visit. But in a recent review of the scientific research, an influential

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    6. California's Small Business Health Insurance Exchange Off To Slow Start

      By Anna Gorman California’s insurance marketplace for small businesses has attracted just a fraction of eligible companies, with most being deterred by technology glitches, paperwork delays and customer service problems. The program, designed to make insurance more affordable and easier to purchase

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    7. Colorado Redraws ACA Map To Cut Sky-High Ski Town Rates

      By Eric Whitney Relief is in sight – and it won’t involve a lawsuit – for the four counties in Colorado that have the highest Obamacare health insurance premiums in the country. Local officials in the ski resort region in the mountains west of Denver had threatened to sue over the high rates. But on

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    8. Who Should Get Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs?

      By Julie Appleby Simple math illustrates the challenge facing U.S. taxpayers, consumers and insurers following the launch late last year of two expensive new drugs to treat hepatitis C. If all 3 million people estimated to be infected with the virus in America are treated at an average cost of $100,

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    9. Doctors Think Others Often Prescribe Unnecessary Care

      By Jordan Rau Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a survey released Thursday finds. The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous—and costly—medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra c

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    10. Healthcare.gov Finished Strong Despite Rocky Start, Enrollment Data Show

      By Phil Galewitz Obama administration officials on Thursday predicted health insurance premiums would be stable next year despite concerns that not enough young and healthy people signed up through the online insurance exchanges. “The risk pool is fundamentally large and varied to support that kind

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