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    1. Montana Medicaid Expansion Earns Good Grades

      By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Montana’s new Medicaid expansion just got its first progress report, and it is exceeding expectations. Initial projections were for about 23,000 of the state’s estimated 70,000 Medicaid-eligible residents to take up the new coverage in its first year. Instead, i

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    2. Long-Term Care Insurance: Less Bang, More Buck

      By Barbara Feder Ostrov Mary Julia Klimenko thought she was prudent 20 years ago when she invested in a long-term care insurance policy, one she believed would help pay for the care she’d need as she aged. Now she wishes she’d banked the money instead. Her monthly premiums have nearly quadrupled ove

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    3. 3 Obamacare Changes to Expect Next Year

      By Julie Appleby Health insurance isn’t simple. Neither are government regulations. Put the two together and things can get confusing fast. So it’s not surprising that federal regulators took a stab at making things a bit more straightforward for consumers in new rules unveiled in late February and

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    4. Retail Clinics Add Convenience But Also Hike Costs

      By Chad Terhune Retail clinics, long seen as an antidote to more expensive doctor offices and emergency rooms, may actually boost medical spending by leading consumers to get more care, a new study shows. Rather than substituting for a physician office visit or trip to the hospital, 58 percent of re

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    5. Bridging Gap Between Medical, Mental Health Care

      By Anna Gorman Even on her worst days, Tracy Young goes to her appointments at the San Fernando Mental Health Center. The counseling and medication, she says, keep her depression and schizophrenia at bay. “I come here faithfully,” said Young, 50. “I have to come here or I be feeling I just want to g

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    6. Urban Medicare Beneficiaries: More Drug Savings?

      By Michelle Andrews Medicare beneficiaries who live in urban areas may save money on their prescription drugs this year because they have better access to pharmacies in drug plan networks that charge lower copayments or coinsurance, according to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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    7. A Voter’s Guide To The Health Law

      By Julie Rovner Nearly six years after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act remains a hot-button issue in the presidential race — in both parties. “Our health care is a horror show,” said GOP candidate Donald Trump at the Republican debate in South Carolina Dec 15. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, winner of t

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    8. Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment

      By Jay Hancock Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment. In recent days Anthem, Aetna and Cigna, al

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    9. Last Minute Reprieve For Some On CA Exchange

      By Chad Terhune and Barbara Feder Ostrov Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, announced Friday that it was extending its enrollment deadline until Feb. 6 for people who had officially begun the process of signing up by Sunday. Exchange officials said they extended the Sunday deadline

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    10. Where the Candidates Stand on Health Care Issues

      Jan. 29, 2016 -- Although terrorism and the economy have topped Americans’ list of concerns in recent polls, health care is still on voters’ minds. WebMD looked at where presidential hopefuls from both parties stand on various health care issues, including the health care reform law (called the Affo

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