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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Advocates: 'Parity' Law Not Fulfilling Promise

      By Jenny Gold When Michael Kamins opened the letter from his insurer, he was enraged. His 20-year old son recently had been hospitalized twice with bipolar disorder and rescued from the brink of suicide, he said. Now, the insurer said he had improved and it was no longer medically necessary for the

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    8. CA Survey: Newly Insured Satisified With Coverage

      By Sarah Varney SAN FRANCISCO — Americans have long stood out among residents of developed nations for how much they fret over, and are bankrupted by, health care costs. But well into the second year of expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, those worries have eased significantly in the na

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    9. Millions Reaping Benefits of ACA: Study

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions more Americans have affordable health insurance, access to a personal doctor and feel they are in better shape following the first two open-enrollment periods of the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis shows. T

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    10. Good News, Bad News In Medicare Trustees Report

      By Phil Galewitz As Medicare approaches its 50th anniversary next week, the federal program got some welcome financial news Wednesday: Its giant hospital trust fund will be solvent until 2030, and its long-term outlook has improved, according to a report from the program’s trustees. But the report w

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