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  1. New Specialty Medicines Drive Up Drug Spending

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay New) -- New medicines targeting conditions like hepatitis C, cancer and multiple sclerosis helped to propel drug spending to its highest level in more than a decade, a new report finds. Medicine sales jumped 13 percent, to near

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  2. Fed Marketplace Better Than States At Enrollments

    By Michelle Andrews Despite its rocky launch, the federal health insurance exchange did better than the exchanges run by individual states at both enrolling new people in Obamacare and hanging onto previous enrollees during the 2015 open enrollment period that ended in February, according to a recen

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  3. Montana Moderates Revive Medicaid Expansion

    By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Moderate Republicans have outmaneuvered conservatives in the Montana legislature to give a Medicaid expansion bill here a real chance of passing. Its prospects have been in doubt since the legislative session began in January. The bill faces a crucial debate and

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  4. No Drop In Insurance Enrollment At Work

    By Michelle Andrews There has been much hand wringing over the health law requirement that large employers this year offer insurance to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties for not doing so. The new rules would cost employers a bundle, some fretted, as part-timers clamored fo

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  5. Battle Over Dementia Drug Swap Has Big Stakes

    By Julie Appleby Executives at drug company Actavis knew they had to move fast to avoid a plunge in sales of their top-selling drug, Namenda, a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease which would lose patent protection in July. When that happened, generic knockoffs would flood the market and doctors and p

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  6. HHS: Health Law Has Helped Insure 16.4 Million

    By Julie Rovner A total of 16.4 million non-elderly adults have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this month – a “historic” reduction in the number of uninsured, the Department of Health and Human Services said Monday. Those gaining insurance si

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  7. GOP Lawmakers Sink MT Medicaid Expansion Plan

    By Eric Whitney Obamacare’s tenuous toehold in Montana appears to be growing no firmer. Despite a hearing crowded with supporters of the Democratic governor’s Medicaid expansion bill, Republican legislators have dealt the measure a likely death blow. Republicans control both houses of the Montana le

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  8. ACA Arguments: Few Clues on Supreme Court Decision

    By Julie Rovner For the second time in three years, the federal Affordable Care Act went before the Supreme Court Wednesday. And before a packed courtroom, a divided group of justices mostly picked up right where they left off the last time. Once again, commentators and experts were left to wonder w

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  9. What’s At Stake: Health Law At Supreme Court Again

    By Sarah Varney BURNSVILLE, N. C.—It’s been a bitterly cold winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains for Julia Raye and her 13-year-old son, Charles. But despite the punishing weather, 2015 has been looking good: Raye is finally able to afford insulin and the other medications she needs to keep her diabet

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  10. What To Know About Case Challenging Health Law

    By Julie Rovner The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court. On March 4, the justices will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don’t get it through an employer or the go

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