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    1. Employers Shift More Health Costs To Workers

      By Jay Hancock Premiums for job-based medical insurance rose moderately — 4 percent in 2015 — but employers continued to shift in expenses to workers, according to a new survey. The average premium for single coverage rose to $6,251 while the average premium for a family plan increased to $17,545, a

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    2. In CO, Insurance Surges But Cost Still Concern

      By John Daley, Colorado Public Radio On Wednesday, the Census Bureau gave Obamacare some good news: the uninsurance rate in the country dropped to 10.4 percent in 2014, down from 13.3 percent in 2013. Colorado may be doing even better. According to a survey from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Colorado H

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    3. Nearly 9M Got Insurance In First Marketplace Year

      By Julie Rovner The percentage of Americans without health insurance dropped by nearly three percentage points between 2013 and 2014, according the U.S. Census Bureau, from 13.3 to 10.4 percent. Put another way, 8.8 million more people were insured in 2014 than the year before. The annual study from

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    4. Spreading The Word: Obamacare and Native Americans

      By Anna Gorman ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service (IHS) her entire life. The clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema – chronic problems, nothing urgent. Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in he

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    5. Medicaid Drives Historic Coverage Gains In CO

      By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Health News Colorado Colorado’s uninsured rate has plummeted from a recent high of 15.8 percent four years ago to 6.7 percent this year, and the success of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado is almost entirely the result of Medicaid expansion, according to a much anticipa

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    6. 2 Million Exchange Enrollees Miss Out On Aid

      By Michelle Andrews More than 2 million people with coverage on the health insurance exchanges may be missing out on subsidies that could lower their deductibles, copayments and maximum out-of-pocket spending limits, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health. Those who may be missing out are peo

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    7. Diabetes Drug Costs Overlooked, But Shouldn’t Be

      By Michelle Andrews When it comes to treating chronic conditions, diabetes drugs aren’t nearly as sexy as say, Sovaldi, last year’s breakthrough hepatitis C drug that offers a cure for the chronic liver infection at a price approaching six figures. Yet an estimated 29 million people have diabetes — 

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    8. Insurance After 50: Long-Term Care Options

      Do you ever wonder -- or worry -- about who is going to look after you when you’re older and need help? Or how you will pay for care if you need it? One way to make sure you can get the support you want and need is to buy long-term care insurance. Long-term care insurance covers services that can he

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    9. Some Employers Look To Control High Drug Costs

      By Lisa Gillespie More than half of large employers in 2016 will aim to more tightly manage employees’ use of high-priced specialty drugs, one of the fastest-growing expenses in their health plans. Despite those efforts, companies still expect the cost of specialty drugs that are carefully administe

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    10. Iowans Worry About Private Management Of Medicaid

      By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio Brenda Hummel’s 7-year-old daughter Andrea was born with severe epilepsy. Like many children with significant diseases or disabilities, she has health insurance through Medicaid. Hummel navigated Iowa’s Medicaid resources for years to find just the right doctors an

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