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Good news on sign-ups, costs, prompts calls for unabashed defense of 'Obamacare' in campaigns 17.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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New Mayo app aims to push out clinic's expertise to 200 million 17.4.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The venerable health care provider teamed up with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to build a mobile app to connect users with the clinic.
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Eugene Robinson: A victory lap for Obamacare 16.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
It's all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working
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Best of the Web Today: Judd Gregg Was Right 16.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The Obama nominee warned about politicizing the census.
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New Mayo app aims to reach 200 million with clinic's expertise 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: Local
The venerable health care provider teamed up with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to build a mobile app to connect users with the clinic.
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Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors 16.4.2014 NPR: Healthcare
Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.
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Mayo Clinic reaches out to consumers with a mobile app 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The venerable health care provider teamed up with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to build a mobile app to connect users with the clinic.
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Gupta: We're aliens in Ebola's world 16.4.2014 CNN: Top Stories
With Ebola, we humans are the invaders. The sense of being an alien in the world of this virus is jarring.
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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While 16.4.2014 NPR News
Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
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Scientists embark on unprecedented effort to connect millions of patient medical records 16.4.2014 Washington Post

Inside an otherwise ordinary office building in lower Manhattan, government-funded scientists have begun collecting and connecting together terabytes of patient medical records in what may be one of the most radical projects in health care ever attempted.

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Health sign-ups in state draw to a close 16.4.2014 LA Times: Business
More than 70,000 people take advantage of extension as final tally nears 1.3 million. After website troubles sparked a two-week extension, California officials wrapped up the first open enrollment for Obamacare coverage with nearly 1.3 million consumers signed up since October for the state-run ...
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What's Next for Obamacare? 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With the completion of open enrollment for individual health insurance, the focus on Obamacare shifts from how many people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act to who signed up. The latter will be a primary indicator for the cost of health insurance next year. Surge of Enrollments Since open enrollment began, 7.1 million people reportedly enrolled in qualified health plans through the exchanges setup pursuant to the Affordable Care Act. That number continues to climb as last-minute enrollees finish up their applications during the enrollment grace period. Due to system errors and long wait times to enroll, the government granted consumers extra time to complete their health insurance applications if they attempted to sign up before the March 31 enrollment deadline. As someone who works for a nationwide private exchange, GoHealth, I can tell you -- the surge in enrollments was incredible. From the beginning of March to the end of March, the number of visits to our online exchange at ...
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Kreidler to meet with Obama on health care reform 16.4.2014 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is traveling to Washington, D.C. to discuss health care reform issues with President Barack Obama....
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HUFFPOLLSTER: A Census Change Could Complicate Measuring ACA 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans, regardless of partisanship, approve of the government's reaction to the Boston bombings. A change in the Census could make comparing data on health insurance levels since 2012 more difficult. And we may have found the world's most confusing chart. This is HuffPollster for Tuesday, April 15, 2014. GOVERNMENT GETS HIGH MARKS FOR HANDLING BOSTON BOMBING -Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement: "Liberals and conservatives agree, the federal government did something right in its handling of the Boston Marathon bombing. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 67 percent of Americans approve of how the investigation was handled, including more than six in 10 of both liberals and conservatives, and majorities across every major political and demographic group in the poll. Northeastern residents -- living closest to both the 2013 Boston bombing and Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York -- give federal investigators the highest praise. Almost three-quarters approve of investigations that followed the ...
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A Misfortune, Not a Crime 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite careful monitoring and daily insulin, many people with type-I diabetes experience emergencies like diabetic coma that require hospital care. Imagine a dystopic world where this care was not given in hospitals but in jails alongside inmates convicted of violent crimes. Imagine that, for lack of hospital beds, people requiring longer-term care for often disabling diabetic complications had to be housed in state prisons, where medical care was not a priority and personal safety was not assured. If you think this sounds like a far-fetched premise for an apocalyptic movie or health care parable, check out a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center on the treatment of people with serious mental illness. According to this report, there are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons (207,000) and county jails (149,000) than there are in state mental hospitals (35,000). The report includes a state-by-state assessment of treatment of people with mental illness in jails and ...
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Republicans Accuse Census Bureau Of Trying To 'Hide The Effects Of Obamacare' 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Republicans who have tried for years to hamstring detailed surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau were suddenly alarmed Tuesday over news that changes to one of its surveys might in turn hamstring one of their political strategies -- attacks against Obamacare. The changes, reported by The New York Times , will alter the questions asked about Americans' health insurance coverage, potentially making it more difficult to compare past and future data. The move comes as the country is shifting over to full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and people on both sides of the debate would like to be able to point to solid data on how well it's working. The problem, as the University of Minnesota School of Public Health's Kathleen Thiede Call told the Times , is that “The health insurance data reported in September of this year will not be directly comparable to what was reported last September.” Republicans quickly took to Twitter to express alarm, and hint at conspiracies. Here's the spokesman for House ...
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Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000 16.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot

Final figures for Colorado's open-enrollment in private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act stand at about 124,000, according to state officials.

That number kept climbing after the March 31 deadline, when it topped 118,000, as those who started enrollment but were unable to complete it by month's end were allowed to finish.

The state insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, said Monday that enrollment is now closed until Nov. 15, 2014.

Connect for Health, which opened for business Oct. 1, offered 150 plans for individuals and families through 10 insurance companies. Tax credits for enrollees averaged $277 a month.

Read more at www.denverpost.com.

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How to Help Keep Employees From Living on the Financial Edge 16.4.2014 Yahoo: Business

How to Help Keep Employees From Living on the Financial EdgeDuring Financial Literacy Month, while many experts concentrate efforts on educating students and retirees, it's important to consider how employers can lead the charge in improving and educating their employees to be financially healthy.


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Ambulance rides a costly chunk of Minnesota's Medicare payments 16.4.2014 Twincities.com: News

The federal Medicare health insurance program winds up paying the fare for many of the ambulance rides provided by the city of St. Paul.

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Tobacco cos. make payments under pact to help states with smoking-related health care costs 16.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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