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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:14pm

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:05pm

The test aimed to help high-risk Medicare patients navigate the health care maze. But after three years, expected improvements in quality and savings failed to materialize.

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On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 7:32am

A cycling group comprised of mostly Latino, bilingual, bicultural bikers is growing in Los Angeles — and changing people's minds about what recreational bikers look like.

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California Judge Throws Out Lawsuit On Medically Assisted Suicide

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:08pm

The superior court judge says questions raised in the case should be decided by legislatures or voters, not the court. The terminally ill plaintiffs say they'll appeal his decision.

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Health Insurer Anthem To Buy Rival Cigna For Nearly $50 Billion

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 4:28pm

Health insurer Anthem has agreed to buy fellow insurer Cigna for close to $50 billion. NPR looks at what the deal might mean for consumers.

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Anthem Deal For Cigna Would Hasten Health Insurance Consolidation

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:14pm

One reason health insurers are looking to get bigger is that the hospitals and doctor groups across the negotiating table have also gotten bigger.

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What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:51pm

Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds that many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.

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Doctors Speak Out Against 'Unsustainable' Rise In Cancer Drug Prices

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:33pm

More than 100 U.S. oncologists are publicly objecting to the ever-growing cost of cancer drugs. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Dr. Ayalew Tefferi of the Mayo Clinic about efforts to bring prices down.

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Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 2:56pm

In a letter to state regulators, the Obama administration says rates shouldn't be allowed to go up as much as some insurers are proposing for plans sold to individuals on the health exchanges.

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Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:08pm

More than a hundred influential doctors banded together to propose seven ways to bring down the high prices of cancer drugs. They say changes are needed to preserve access to care.

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For Kids With Tourette's, At-Home Training Could Help

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:26am

Psychologists are working on an online training program that draws on principles of in-person behavioral therapy to help patients with Tourette syndrome manage their tics.

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How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 6:01pm

When Zachary Klundt broke into All Families Healthcare he destroyed the only clinic providing abortions in the Flathead Valley of Montana. More than a year later, the clinic remains closed.

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IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:19am

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.

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Expanding, Not Shrinking, Saves A Small Rural Hospital

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:01am

As least 55 hospitals across the rural U.S. have closed since 2010. But northern Missouri's Putnam County Memorial finds that adding high-quality specialty services lures patients and revenue.

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More Health Plan Choices At Work: What's The Catch?

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 2:44pm

An Obamacare tax that starts in 2018 may prompt more employers to establish private health insurance exchanges. They'll give their workers cash to choose from a greater variety of plans.

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Siren Song Of Tech Lures New Doctors Away From Medicine

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 12:03pm

Medical school graduates around San Francisco Bay are far less likely to pursue medical residencies than those in other parts of the country. Instead, many are heading to health technology ventures.

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UCLA Health Says 4.5M May Be Affected In Data Breach

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Attackers accessed parts of the computer network that contain personal and medical information, but there is no evidence they accessed or acquired any personal or medical information, UCLA said.

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How Did A Medical Miracle Turn Into A Global Threat?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:30am

Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.

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Home Health Agencies Get Medicare's Star Treatment

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:13pm

For the first time, the government is using a star system to rate agencies that care for seniors in their homes. Medicare was stingy with top ratings and also the poorest scores.

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John Boehner Calls For Probe Of Planned Parenthood After Sting Video

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:32pm

House Speaker John Boehner is calling for an investigation of Planned Parenthood after a sting video alleged the organization sells aborted fetal body parts, which is illegal.

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