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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. HHS Asks States To Negotiate Lower Obamacare Rates

      By Julie Rovner Some analysts who have looked at health insurers’ proposed premiums for next year predict major increases for policies sold on state and federal health exchanges. Others say it’s too soon to tell. One thing is clear: There’s a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep plans affordable

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    8. 7.5M Paid Penalty For Not Having Health Insurance

      By Phil Galewitz About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. By contrast, 76 percent of taxpayers checked a

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    9. As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is set to skyrocket in the United States due to the aging of the baby-boom generation, and the cost of caring for these patients will devour a large chunk of Medicare's budge

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    10. Ruling May Boost Gay Couples' Health Coverage

      By Jay Hancock The right to marry in any state won’t be the only gain for gay couples from last week’s Supreme Court ruling. The decision will probably boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans, say analysts and benefits consultants. How much is unclea

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