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  1. Ruling May Not Be Last Word On Birth Control

    By Julie Rovner The Supreme Court’s decision Monday saying that “closely held corporations” do not have to abide by the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act may not give those firms the ability to stop providing that coverage after all. More than half the states have “contracept

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  2. Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Injuries

    By Jordan Rau During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in

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  3. Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans

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  4. U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report

    June 18, 2014 -- The United States' health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue. The nonprofit group said that while Americans spend much more per person on medical care, they are less healthy than peopl

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  5. 'Obamacare' May Mean Healthier Young Adults

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a large study suggests. Having that c

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  6. Obamacare Credited For Big Drop In Minnesota’s Uninsured Rate

    By Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio The website malfunctioned. The exchange chief was fired. And many people had to sign up the old fashioned way: pen, paper, with a person. So, Minnesota’s launch of the Affordable Care Act was a clear failure, right? Not so much. A less modest state might

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  7. Patients Struggle to Learn Health Insurance Lingo

    By Anna Gorman As soon as Deb Emerson, a former high school teacher from Oroville, Calif., bought a health plan in January through the state’s insurance exchange, she felt overwhelmed. She couldn’t figure out what was covered and what wasn’t. Why weren’t her anti-depressant medications included?  Wh

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  8. What’s At Stake For Birth Control In Upcoming SCOTUS Decision

    By Julie Rovner One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term will may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contrace

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  9. PhRMA, Advocates: Specialty Drug Costs Too High

    By Lisa Gillespie Here’s the next salvo in the back and forth between insurers and the drug industry over drug prices: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America are pushing the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to protect consumers who have gained insurance via th

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  10. Senate Confirms Sylvia Burwell as New HHS Chief

    June 6, 2014 -- The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday in a 78 to 17 vote. Her job of overseeing the Affordable Care Act likely won't be easy, though. The vote was overwhelmingly in Burwell's favor, but

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