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  1. Doctors Think Others Often Prescribe Unnecessary Care

    By Jordan Rau Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a survey released Thursday finds. The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous—and costly—medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra c

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  2. WellPoint Softens Forecast For Obamacare Rate Hikes

    By Jay Hancock Welcoming a surge of young, last-minute enrollees, the biggest player in the health law’s insurance marketplaces on Wednesday tempered its prediction for substantial 2015 rate increases. Five weeks ago WellPoint executive Ken Goulet told analysts that premium increases for 2015 plans

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  3. Some Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses

    By Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday, as a district manager for a national auto parts chain -- a schedule he’s kept for nearly 40 years.  Early retirement, while certainly appeali

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  4. Oregon Raises White Flag Over Its Health Exchange

    By Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon has been “all in” on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients’ care better, and, of course, th

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  5. Health Plans Scramble To Calculate 2015 Rates

    By Jay Hancock With the results sure to affect politics as well as pocketbooks, health insurers are already preparing to raise rates next year for plans issued under the Affordable Care Act. But their calculation about how much depends on their ability to predict how newly enrolled customers – for w

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  6. Consumers In Federal High-Risk Pools Get Special Enrollment Option For Marketplace

    By Mary Agnes Carey Participants in the federal high-risk health insurance pool who haven’t yet signed up for other coverage can qualify for a 60-day special enrollment period that begins May 1, the Obama administration announced late Thursday. In a notice posted on the Pre-Existing Condition Insura

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  7. Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You

    By Jay Hancock Eight million people have signed up for private, often subsidized health insurance under Affordable Care Act, President Obama said this month. Millions more obtained new coverage through the Medicaid program for the poor. Full implementation of the health law, and its wider coverage,

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  8. What Obamacare? Meet 4 People Choosing To Remain Uninsured

    By Stephanie O'Neill, Southern California Public Radio Despite a surge in enrollment in the two weeks before the April 15 deadline to enroll for insurance under the health law, many more Californians have not signed up. And they’re unlikely to. Many people are uninterested in health insurance, confu

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  9. Most States To Rely On Federal Website For 2015 Enrollment

    By Phil Galewitz Only two of the 36 states that relied on the federal insurance exchange this year -- Idaho and New Mexico -- plan to set up their own online marketplaces in time for the next open enrollment beginning Nov. 15. Both those states had moved to run their own exchanges last year but coul

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  10. What To Do About Medical Debt

    By Lexie Verdon For many consumers, paying their medical bills is a stretch.  One in three Americans has trouble with that, according to a recent analysis by researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. It affects people with insurance as well as

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