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Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast

Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.... Read more»

As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

As the number of states allowing medical marijuana grows, some are working to address this knowledge gap with physician training programs. States are beginning to require doctors to take continuing medical education courses that detail how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects.... Read more»

Analysis

Should big insurance become like Walmart to lower health costs?

Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way?... Read more»

Opioid dependence leads to 'tsunami' of medical services, study finds

In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a grim picture: Medical services for people with opioid dependence diagnoses skyrocketed more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014.... Read more»

Court ruling leaves undocumented immigrants' health care in limbo

Erica Torres is one of the estimated 1.4 million Californians who live without health insurance largely because they are undocumented. She was hopeful when President Obama expanded deportation-relief programs for immigrants — a controversial move that would have put government-subsidized health care within her reach.... Read more»

Arizona’s proposal to restart KidsCare wins federal approval

The state froze its participation in the Children's Health Insurance Program in the midst of the recession in 2009. Officials say as many as 40,000 children from low- and middle-income families may gain coverage.... Read more»

Busting myths about mental illness

Mental illness is common — and so are misconceptions about it. These too-often-believed myths can be harmful to you and your loved ones.... Read more»

How tying gun restrictions to mental health has failed

n the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A new study suggests that regulators' attempt to predict which people are likely to use a gun to cause harm needs fine-tuning. ... Read more»

Will Covered California sell health insurance to the undocumented?

California legislators are attempting to clear the way for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through the state’s insurance exchange — potentially setting a national precedent. The fusion of illegal immigration and the Affordable Care Act, two of the most highly charged elements on the periodic table of U.S. politics, could engender a combustible reaction.... Read more»

Analysis

Competition suffers most if UnitedHealthcare exits Obamacare next year

If UnitedHealthcare follows through on its threat to quit the health insurance marketplaces in 2017, more than 1 million consumers would be left with a single health plan option, forecasted an analysis released Monday.... Read more»1

Study finds ‘mortality gap’ among middle-aged whites

Death rates among middle-aged white Americans, and suicide and substance abuse are not the biggest culprit, according to a new study.... Read more»

ER docs: Federal rules could raise patients’ out-of-network bills

Emergency doctors are warning that a new federal rule could lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers when they need emergency care outside their health plan’s network of providers.... Read more»

Single-payer health care on 2016 Colorado ballot

The group ColoradoCareYES gathered enough signatures — more than 100,000 — to put a single-payer health system on the ballot next fall. But the price tag is a worry to some. ... Read more»

After last-minute extension, Obamacare exchange enrollment hits nearly 6 million

The Obama administration says about 2.4 million of those are new customers who signed up in time to get coverage starting Jan. 1. Enrollment numbers from states running their own marketplaces are still to come.... Read more»

Obamacare enrollment deadline pushed back due to 'unprecedented' demand

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said nearly 1 million people were asked to leave their contact information to hold their spot in line, as the agency tried to handle the wave of last-minute enrollees.... Read more»

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