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    1. Cancer Meds Often Mean Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

      By Julie Appleby Cancer patients shopping on federal and state insurance marketplaces often find it difficult to determine whether their drugs are covered and how much they will pay for them, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society says in a report that also calls on regulators to restrict h

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    2. Health Plan Buyers Will Save Money If They Shop

      By Phil Galewitz You better shop around. For holiday gifts? No, for a 2016 health insurance plan on the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Millions of consumers who are enrolled this year could pay higher rates if they stay in the same health plan next year, according to a study released Wednesday

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    3. New Health Plans Offer Diabetes Care Discounts

      By Michelle Andrews Talk about targeted. Consumers scrolling through the health plan options on the insurance marketplaces in a few states this fall may come upon plans whose name — Leap Diabetes Plans — leaves no doubt about who should apply. Offered by Aetna in four regions next year, the gold-lev

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    4. Young Adults: 5 Things on Buying Health Insurance

      By Lisa Gillespie Imagine what you could do with $2,000. If you’re between 18 and 34, you might travel somewhere fun. Maybe buy a big TV. But would you buy health insurance? Take it from another millennial: Think about insurance if you don’t have any. We don’t get sick often, and maybe we’ll never g

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    5. In Its Third Year, Obamacare Faces Growing Pains

      By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- America's scramble for health insurance coverage under Obamacare may be slowing to a crawl. The sign-up period for 2016 coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1. But federal health officials are predicting te

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    6. Tips To Help You Shop For A New Marketplace Plan

      By Mary Agnes Carey Open enrollment for the health law’s 2016 marketplace plans begins Sunday, and federal officials caution consumers to check out premium prices because in many places they may be higher. But officials are planning to offer new features to make the process faster and smoother for c

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    7. Marketplace Silver Plan Premiums Rising 7.5%: HHS

      By Mary Agnes Carey and Jordan Rau Premiums will increase an average of 7.5 percent for the second-lowest-cost silver insurance plan to be offered next year in the 37 states where the federal government operates health marketplaces, according to an analysis by the Department of Health and Human Serv

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    8. How North Carolina Is Trying To Reshape Medicaid

      By Michael Tomsic, WFAE North Carolina is in the process of overhauling its Medicaid program. The governor and state lawmakers are using a mixture of health care models to put the major players — doctors, hospitals and insurers — all on the hook to keep rising costs in check. For many of the Republi

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    9. No Ready-Made Rx For Rising Drug Costs

      By Julie Appleby When Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of an older generic drug by more than 5,000 percent last month, the move sparked a public outcry. How, critics wondered, could a firm charge $13.50 a pill for a treatment for a parasitic infection one day and $750 the next? The criticism

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    10. Remaining Uninsured Worry About Costs Of Coverage

      By Mary Agnes Carey Department of Health and Human Services officials Thursday predicted that about an additional 1 million Americans would sign up for coverage under the federal health law next year and acknowledged that prospective enrollees are worried about the cost of health insurance, even wit

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