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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»

Enrollment guide: Tips to help you shop for a new Obamacare plan

Open enrollment for the health law’s 2016 marketplace plans began Sunday, and federal officials caution consumers to check out premium prices because in many places they may be higher. But officials are planning to offer new features to make the process faster and smoother for consumers.... Read more»

To boost health, rehab sometimes starts before cancer treatment

Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer “prehabilitation,” as it’s called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rather than treat existing ones.... Read more»

IRS: 7.5M paid average $200 Obamacare penalty for not having insurance

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 IRS said last week. 76 percent of taxpayers checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.... Read more»

Despite Obamacare promise, transgender people have trouble getting some care

Transgender people are still fighting for access to crucial health services despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance companies not deny coverage based on gender or health history. The issue stems from the fact that enrollees must check a single gender box when they sign up for a plan sold on the individual or small group markets.... Read more»1

Calif. & Oregon to allow birth control without doctor's Rx

California and Oregon will be the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists – without a doctor’s prescription.... Read more»

Birth control coverage saving women significant money

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.... Read more»1

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