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Humana Discloses Widening Justice Dept. Probe Of Medicare Advantage Plans

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors an alternative to standard Medicare. The plans are paid monthly fees based on complex risk formulas that are drawing federal scrutiny.

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Morning Edition

Satisfied Patients Now Make Hospitals Richer, But Is That Fair?

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Affordable Care Act made sure that hospitals scoring well on patient satisfaction surveys are paid more by Medicare. But some say that gives small, boutique hospitals an unfair edge.

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Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

Friday, February 13, 2015

An indictment in Florida is likely to draw heightened scrutiny to potential billing fraud in privately run Medicare plans. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government oversight.

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Insurer's Bid To Join California's Marketplace Meets Resistance

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UnitedHealthcare's request to be included in Covered California ran afoul of a policy that penalizes insurers that chose not to join the statewide exchange when it opened in 2014.

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Morning Edition

Insurers And Austin Mayor Promote Obamacare To Texas Latinos

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's no secret that most state and federal legislators in Texas aren't fans of Obamacare. But insurers and Texan cities are successfully marketing plans on HealthCare.gov without the state's help.

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Florida Leads Insurance Sign-Ups, Despite Political Opposition To Overhaul

Monday, February 02, 2015

With two weeks to go until the 2015 Obamacare enrollment deadline, Florida is ahead of even California, which has twice the population and embraced the Affordable Care Act from the start.

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Morning Edition

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When Blue Shield Of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.

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Morning Edition

Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.

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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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All Things Considered

Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for health care giant Kaiser Permanente went on strike. Organizers say Kaiser's "chronic failure" to provide timely, quality care hurts patients.

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All Things Considered

Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Thursday, January 15, 2015

California is seen as an Obamacare success story. But tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state have only one insurer available on the health plan exchange.

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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Morning Edition

Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Obamacare provided billions in seed money to help establish insurance companies called co-ops. One of the biggest has now gone under, and its state overseer is telling clients to switch carriers.

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.

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Fresh Air

'America's Bitter Pill' Makes Case For Why Health Care Law 'Won't Work'

Monday, January 05, 2015

Journalist Steven Brill's latest book critiques the Affordable Care Act, which he calls "unsustainable." In the next few years, "something is going to snap," he says. "We cannot pay for this."

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All Things Considered

Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Getting basic health care to rural areas has always been difficult, and delivering specialized care even harder. One doctor is raising money to bring palliative care to patients in rural California.

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How Will You Work Out When CrossFit Is No Longer Hip?

Friday, January 02, 2015

Fitness programs typically don't have much staying power. People are already saying adios to Zumba and Pilates. The cheapest and simplest routines are more likely to be keepers. Think down dog.

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Hospitals Win In States That Chose To Expand Medicaid

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In negotiations over the Affordable Care Act, hospitals agreed to cuts in federal payments for uncompensated care in the expectation that millions of people would get Medicaid coverage.

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Would You Like Health Insurance With Those Stocking Stuffers?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While shoppers rush to the mall to pick up the last neckties and Transformers for Christmas, health officials are trying to pitch them on an unconventional gift this holiday season: health insurance.

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