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  1. A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Pain

    By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Dr. Linda Smith walks into a room at Providence Alaska Medical Center, ready with a stethoscope and a huge grin. She teases her patient, Dawn Dillard, saying that her spiky hair recently resembled a "faux hawk." Dillard found out she had uterine cancer a year ago.

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  2. Obama Administration Delays Key Piece of Health-Reform Law

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- In a surprise announcement, the Obama administration said Tuesday evening that it was delaying implementation of a key part of its landmark health-reform law -- the requirement that employers with more than 50 workers offer

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  3. AMA To Do ‘Whatever We Can’ To Help Carry Out Health Law

    By Mary Agnes Carey The American Medical Association will do “whatever we can in our power” to help implement the 2010 health care law, the group’s president said Tuesday. In an interview taped for C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, Ardis Dee Hoven, who became the AMA’s 168th president last month,  said the White

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  4. Advocates Urge More Government Oversight Of Medicaid Managed Care

    By Jenni Bergal When the federal government recently gave Florida the green light to vastly expand its experiment with privatizing Medicaid, patient advocates quickly raised an alarm. They cited serious problems with the state’s five-county pilot managed care program and urged close monitoring of th

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  5. Iowa, South Dakota Blues Skip Obamacare Exchange Next Year

    By Jay Hancock Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, with a long history of selling medical insurance directly to consumers, are expected to provide much of the subsidized coverage sold through the health law’s online marketplaces, or exchanges. “We expect Blue Cross Blue Shield plans will have a strong

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  6. Pennsylvania Among 17 States Turning Over High-Risk Insurance Pool Responsibility To Feds

    By Elana Gordon, WHYY Pennsylvania and 16 other states are handing over their special insurance programs for people with pre-existing health conditions to the federal government Monday. Consumers enrolled in the so-called high-risk pool, PA Fair Care, have received letters telling them the transfer

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  7. Thousands Of Mississippi Consumers May Not Be Offered Insurance Subsidies

    By Julie Appleby By Jay Hancock Tens of thousands of uninsured residents in the poorest and most rural parts of Mississippi may be unable to get subsidies to buy health coverage when a new online marketplace opens this fall because private insurers are avoiding a wide swath of the state. No insurer

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  8. Fewer Young Americans Lack Health Care Coverage

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- The number of young adults without health care coverage in the United States has declined significantly over the past few years, according to a new government report released Tuesday. That's the good news. Not-so-good are the

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  9. Arizona OK's Medicaid Expansion

    June 18, 2013 -- Arizona lawmakers have approved Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion vote, which took place during a special state budget session last week, allows more Arizonans with low incomes to qualify for health insurance coverage. Although Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer o

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  10. Obama Touts Health Care Exchanges 

    A targeted, localized strategy to convince young people to enroll in the new health care exchanges was highlighted by President Barack Obama on Friday during a visit to California. "Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like the law is designed to do," Obama sa

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