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Aljazeera America: The human cost of Texas' refusal to expand Medicaid

Rejecting 'Obamacare' has cost Texas over $8 billion and, advocates say, put poor people's health at risk
By E. Tammy Kim

LAREDO, Texas—In mid-May, 20-year-old Anissa Rangel's gums began to bleed. At first she assumed it was related to her gingivitis, but one morning, she woke up in the bedroom that she shares with three siblings and saw her gray nightshirt stained dark red across the shoulder. A month passed before she told her mother that something was wrong. By then, another symptom was visible: purple bruises on her arms and legs.

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The Washington Post: Why extremely expensive drugs are often worth the cost

By Jason Millman

If you've been wondering why the high cost of a new hepatitis C cure has ignited such a fierce public debate over the past few months, it's because more specialty drugs like Sovaldi are going to flood the market in coming years. This class of drugs accounted for less than 1 percent of all prescriptions in 2013, but about 25 percent of all prescription drug spending — and spending on specialty drugs is projected to increase 63 percent by 2016, according to Express Scripts.

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Kaiser Health News: Long-Acting Contraceptives Help Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rates, Study Finds

By Lisa Gillespie

Teenage girls who are given access to long-acting contraceptives such as IUDs or hormonal implants at no cost are less likely to become pregnant, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine released Wednesday.

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Kaiser Health News: Scrambling To Prove He’s Eligible For Obamacare

By Daniela Hernandez

When Fabrizio Mancinelli applied for health insurance through California's online marketplace nine months ago, he ran into a frustrating snag.

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The New York Times: For Many New Medicaid Enrollees, Care Is Hard to Find, Report Says

By Robert Pear

WASHINGTON—Enrollment in Medicaid is surging as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but the Obama administration and state officials have done little to ensure that new beneficiaries have access to doctors after they get their Medicaid cards, federal investigators say in a new report.

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