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    1. States Simplify Medicaid Sign-Ups

      By Phil Galewitz Getting on Medicaid has never been so easy. In the past two years, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but even more have simplified sign-ups and renewals, according to a 50-state survey released Thursday. For

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    2. Some Spend 25% Of Income On Health Expenses

      By Michelle Andrews Even with subsidies to make coverage more affordable, many people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces spend more than 10 percent of their income on premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket payments, a recent study found. Among those hit hardest, the researchers said

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    3. ‘Concierge Medicine’ Reaches New Markets

      By Shefali Luthra A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by the federal health law and frustrations with insurance requirements, are bringing a service that generally has been considered “health care for billionaires” to middle-income, Medicaid and Medicare populations. It’s called direct

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    4. High Deductibles = Fewer Imaging Tests

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. patients whose health insurance plans have high deductibles undergo fewer diagnostic imaging tests, a nationwide study finds. Researchers analyzed 2010 insurance data from more than 21 million adults nationwide and

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    5. 4 Vitamins and Minerals for Adults

      Do you get enough of the right nutrients? Government guidelines picked out four that a lot of Americans may not pay enough attention to. Don't be part of that crowd. Find out what you're missing out on, how much you need, and how to get it. You may not hear as much about this nutrient as others, but

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    6. Medicaid To Fund More Addiction Treatment

      By Ben Allen, WITF For decades, if someone on Medicaid wanted to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, they almost always had to rely solely on money from state and local sources. Now, in a dramatic shift, the federal government is considering chipping in, too. The agency that governs Medicai

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    7. 2016 Health Law Exchange Enrollment Tops 11.3M

      By Phil Galewitz More than 11.3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance for 2016 under the Affordable Care Act, surpassing last year’s mark and the 10.5 million goal that the Obama administration set for the year, federal officials said Thursday. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and end

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    8. Employers Offer Lump-Sum Plans For Some Illnesses

      By Michelle Andrews Insurance policies that pay a lump sum if workers get cancer or another serious illness are being offered in growing numbers by employers. Companies say they want to help protect their workers against the financial pain of increasingly high deductibles and other out-of-pocket cos

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    9. Do You Speak Health Insurance? It’s Not Easy

      By Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Solicit opinions about health insurance and you’re almost guaranteed to find consensus: It’s mystifying and irritating. “It just seems like a lot of the buzzwords are intended to just complicate the whole thing and make it more expensive,” said David Turgeon,

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    10. ACA Insurers Sweeten Plans With Free Doctor Visits

      By Phil Galewitz Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits this year — the financial kind. They’ll offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks. You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to pay o

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