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  1. U.S. Ranks Last in This Among Wealthy Nations

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system ranks dead last compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to affordability and patient access, according to a new survey. The 2013 survey of the American health care landscape was c

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  2. ACA Little-Known to Some as 2nd Enrollment Nears

    By Mary Agnes Carey Health law? What health law? Almost nine of 10 uninsured Americans – the group most likely to benefit — don’t know that the law’s second open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, according to a poll released Tuesday. Two-thirds of the uninsured say they know “only a little” or “noth

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  3. More Plans Setting Limits On Some Medical Services

    By Michelle Andrews Aiming to contain health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are adopting a strategy that limits how much they’ll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements, lab tests and complex imaging. A recent study found that savings from such moves may be

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  4. CA Insurance Exchange Gears Up For Round Two

    By Anna Gorman California’s insurance exchange began mailing renewal notices this week to more than 1.1 million people already enrolled in health plans, officials announced Thursday. Consumers who want to make changes must do so by Dec. 15 for coverage effective Jan. 1, while those who want to keep

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  5. Higher Premiums, Costs Likely For Job-Based Plans

    By Michelle Andrews Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace. Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their

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  6. OH Medicaid Expansion Faces 2015 Political Hurdle

    By Sarah Jane Tribble, WCPN A battle is brewing in Ohio. University Hospitals Chief Executive Tom Zenty warned a Cleveland audience that the state’s Medicaid expansion may not be permanent. “In July of next year, if there is no intervention, Medicaid expansion in the state of Ohio disappears,” Zenty

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  7. Got Insurance? You Still May Pay A Steep Price For Prescriptions

    By Julie Appleby Sandra Grooms recently got a call from her oncologist’s office. The chemotherapy drugs he wanted to use on her metastatic breast cancer were covered by her health plan, with one catch: Her share of the cost would be $976 for each 14-day supply of the two pills. "I said, 'I can't aff

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  8. E-Doctors: Virtual Visits Give Patients Options

    Oct. 10, 2014 -- Lindsay Kolowich wanted to see her doctor for unrelenting pain after her foot surgery. But the operation had already forced her to miss work at a new job, and she didn’t want to ask for more time off. Instead, she went home at the end of the day, logged onto the Internet, and paid a

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  9. Price Tags On Health Care? Only In Massachusetts

    By Martha Bebinger, WBUR Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of health care shopping last week. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section

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  10. Feds Unveil Streamlined Marketplace Website

    By Julie Appleby Consumers using the federal healthcare.gov website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on mobile devices, Obama administration officials said Wednesday. In a briefing with reporter

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