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Despite Distaste For Health Law, Americans Oppose Defunding(362)  

Defunding strikes most Americans as the wrong prescription for the Affordable Care Act.

August 28, 2013 The most common reason people said defunding is a bad idea boiled down to a feeling that using the budget process to undermine a law on the books isn't the way government in this country should work.


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Kids With Costly Medical Issues Get Help, But Not Enough(84)  

Katie Doderer, with dad Mark, big sister Emily, and mom Marcy, has a rare medical condition that requires 24-hour use of a ventilator.

August 26, 2013 Children with multiple medical problems are a huge expense for state Medicaid programs. Critics say that care could be managed better, saving money and reducing unnecessary tests and treatments.


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Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say(30)  

How many doctors are taking new patients under Medicare and private insurance?

August 23, 2013 An analysis allays concerns that Medicare beneficiaries may have trouble getting in to see doctors. Access has been stable and is on par, or a little better, than for people with private health insurance.


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Another Study Of Preemies Blasted Over Ethical Concerns(38)  

What should parents be told before their premature infants participate in a clinical study?

August 23, 2013 The study randomly assigns preemies to one group that will get blood transfusions when their anemia is relatively mild or another that won't get them until the anemia is severe. Researchers want to see which approach is better at reducing deaths and brain damage. Critics say the doctors haven't leveled with parents about the risks.


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Say What? Jargon Busters Tackle Health Insurance(17)  

Good luck getting there!

August 22, 2013 Getting and using health insurance shouldn't be so hard, say doctors and health literacy specialists who volunteered to come up with a consumer guide that even a seventh grader can understand. It's available just as many people are sizing up new options.


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An Alaska-Sized Price Difference For Circumcisions(80)  

Dr. Charles Ryan checks on a patient.

August 21, 2013 APRNWhen some pediatricians found out how much a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, was billing for circumcisions, they decided to perform the routine procedure in their offices instead.



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Fla. Balks At Insurance Navigators As Obamacare Deadline Nears(33)  

The federal government has awarded about $67 million in grants to groups around the country that will help people shop for health coverage. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the guidelines for these so-called navigators are inadequate.

August 20, 2013 Gov. Rick Scott has built a political career fighting the president's health overhaul — and he's not through yet. He's joining other Republicans in opposition to people called navigators, who are being hired to help enroll the public in health plans.


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More Options This Fall For Some Small-Business Workers(24)  

More options coming this fall — for some people.

August 20, 2013 KHNWhen online health insurance marketplaces for small businesses open this fall, some will offer more plans than are now available. But others will have to wait for at least a year before they have a fuller range of choices.


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You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act(472)  

From left, Garrett Berntsen, Jennifer Majer and William Shields compare notes at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Twenty-somethings have new choices under Obamacare.

August 19, 2013 Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about student status options and penalties. Julie Rovner, NPR's health policy correspondent, explains how it's going to work.


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August 16, 2013 Republican Gov. Chris Christie has approved a broad measure to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like. 

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