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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Health Plans’ Drug Coverage Can Trigger Confusion

      By Julie Appleby Patients getting chemotherapy or other complex medications may have a sudden panic when shopping for health insurance: Their drugs often don’t appear to be covered. “People think, ‘Jeez, what do I do now?’” said Anna Howard, policy principal at the American Cancer Society Cancer Act

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    8. ‘Multi-State’ Plans Unavailable In Many States

      By Michelle Andrews A health law insurance program that was expected to boost consumer choice and competition on the marketplaces has slipped off course and is so far failing to meet expectations. Since just a few insurers, or sometimes just one, dominate the market for individuals and small busines

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    9. Should You Buy Insulin Without A Prescription?

      By Sarah Jane Tribble, Ideastream As anyone who needs insulin to treat diabetes can tell you, that usually means regular checkups at the doctor’s office to fine-tune the dosage, monitor blood-sugar levels and check for complications. But here’s a little known fact: Some forms of insulin can be bough

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    10. Uninsured Face Average $969 Penalty In 2016

      By Phil Galewitz The penalty for failing to have health insurance is going up, perhaps even higher than you expected. Among uninsured individuals who are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act penalty, the average household fine for not having insurance in 2015 will be $661, rising to $969 per hous

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