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This broad category includes articles concerning health insurance costs, carrier and health plan news, changing benefits technology, and surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and others on employee benefits.

Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Strong Ahead of Deadline

Enrollment through the state's health insurance exchange was robust ahead of a key deadline. More than 72,600 Nevadans signed up for a Nevada Health Link plan between Nov. 1 and Saturday, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Drug Companies Spend Millions to Fight Price Cap Laws

The pharmaceutical industry is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to convince California voters to reject what would be the strictest state law in the nation to cap drug prices.

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California Lawmakers To Address $1B Medi-Cal Budget Hole in 2016

A more than $1 billion hole in California's Medi-Cal budget is likely to be a high-priority agenda item for California lawmakers this year, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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Under Obamacare, Medi-Cal Ballooned to Cover 1 in 3 Californians

California officials never anticipated how many people would sign up for state-run health insurance under Obamacare.

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Kaiser to Open Medical School

Kaiser Permanente is preparing to instill its integrated model for high-quality care at sustainable costs in the minds of future physicians. The Oakland, Calif.-based system plans to open an independent medical school in Southern California, with its first class expected to enroll in fall 2019.

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SEIU Puts $3M Into Ballot Fight With California Hospitals

In another sign that a 2014 truce is in danger, a powerful union for health care workers has launched a $3 million fund that could fund a new ballot battle with hospitals.

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Obama Signs Spending Package With Health Care, ACA Provisions

President Obama on Friday signed a spending package with several health care-related provisions, including some that affect the Affordable Care Act, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Covered California Enrolls Thousands of Individuals into Obamacare Plans

More than 197,000 people have signed up for health insurance next year through Covered California, the state insurance exchange announced.

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The Experts Were Wrong About the Best Places for Better and Cheaper Health Care

As part of his push for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, President Obama came to Central High School to laud this community as a model of better, cheaper health care.

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Specialty Drug Costs Soar 32% to $438 Million at CalPERS Amid Uproar Over Prices

One of the nation's biggest healthcare buyers, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, said its specialty drug costs soared 32% last year to $438 million.

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