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Obamacare's Payments to Doctors Widens Access for Medicaid Patients: Study

Researchers find association between higher reimbursement and appointment availability

More Americans Getting Needed Health Care, Survey Shows

As coverage expands under 'Obamacare,' fewer report problems getting care, paying medical bills

ICU Infections Among Elderly Tied to Higher Death Rates After Discharge

Intravenous line infections and ventilator-related pneumonia among most common problems, study says

Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine

Those who did residencies in high-cost areas were more likely to spend more per patient, study finds

Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report

Workers are paying more for health plans, could be getting less financial protection

Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays

Spotting, offering transitional care to these patients should be priority for doctors, nurses, researcher says

Some Newly Insured Under 'Obamacare' May Have Trouble Finding Doctors

In certain markets, wary physicians, narrow provider networks pose obstacles to care

U.S. Seniors' Health Poorest, Global Survey Shows

Commonwealth Fund report reveals stark comparison to 10 industrialized countries with universal health coverage

Time to Enroll, or Re-Enroll, in an 'Obamacare' Health Plan

Current enrollees urged to take a fresh look at any plan changes, new offerings in 2015

Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say

Costs for care may go up as much as fivefold if disease isn't delayed, prevented

Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study

More health care strategies and costs seen for non-hospice patients at end of life

U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care

Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however

Just Try Getting an Appointment With a Psychiatrist

Of 360 U.S. doctors called in study, only one-quarter agreed to see 'patient'

Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

'Extra Help' program leads to more women on hormone therapy, study reports

Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

CT scans for high-risk seniors covered by private insurers, but Medicare not required to do so

Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study

Those with no coverage or Medicaid were diagnosed later, less likely to be alive two years later

More Young Adults Getting Mental Health Care Under Obamacare: Study

Increase was slight, but a good sign that law is working, researchers report

2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' in Federal Insurance Applications

Government findings on Obamacare signups don't necessarily mean fraud, reports say

Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study

Price tag for 1 year of institutionalized care is now about $84,000, federal report says

Millions Will Not Have to Pay Obamacare Tax Penalties: Report

More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say

More Hispanics Took Heart Meds After Medicare Part D Launch

But only small increase was seen among black patients during same period, study found

1 in 5 Elderly U.S. Patients Injured by Medical Care

Sickest patients at greatest risk, researchers say

Stepped-Up Screening Would Uncover More Lung Cancers, Study Says

But the scans and follow-up care would be expensive

Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in 1 Year: Study

Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures

Deaths Rates Fell in Massachusetts After Health-Care Reform

Study raises possibility that 'Obamacare' may extend lives, too

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills: Report

Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries, experts say

U.S. Could Face Shortage of Cancer Doctors

Gap projected to reach nearly 1,500 specialists in a decade, American Society of Clinical Oncology cautions

Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 4 Million

Advocates report surge in outreach efforts to uninsured Americans

Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors

Overuse raises risk for hospitalization, study finds

Obamacare Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million

About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows

U.S. Health Spending Rising Modestly, Report Finds

More consumer cost-sharing is tempered by lower prescription drug prices

Curtain Rises Wednesday on 'Obamacare'

New health insurance plans and consumer protections take effect Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act

Poll: Support Slipping for Affordable Care Act

But consumers who've purchased insurance are generally pleased, Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey finds

Almost 15 Percent of Americans Still Uninsured, Report Finds

Experts note numbers of uninsured should drop as final phase of 'Obamacare' is rolled out

Psychiatrists Less Likely to Accept Health Insurance, Study Finds

This could decrease access to mental health care for those who need it

Online Health Care Enrollment for Small Businesses Is Delayed

Tech experts focus on making the website work smoothly for individual consumers

No Promises on Nov. 30 Obamacare Website Fix: U.S. Technology Chief

Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears

Older Men Gain Little From PSA Test: Study

Researchers followed Medicare recipients for 3 years

HEALTH REFORM: Many on Medicare Already Enjoying Benefits

But new preventive services and a closing of 'donut hole' aim to reshape the senior program

Medicare Costs for Heart Attack Survivors Up 17 Percent, Study Finds

Rising expenses attributed to care in first year after hospital discharge

Geography, Income Determine Health Care in U.S., Report Says

'We are often two Americas,' according to Commonwealth Fund

200,000 Heart Disease, Stroke Deaths Could Be Prevented: CDC

Less progress for Americans under 65, among other disparities reported

Spinal Surgery Complications More Common in Medicaid Patients: Study

Rate was 68 percent higher than for people with private insurance

Medicare Savings Coming for Diabetic Supplies

Some seniors on fee-for-service plans may need to change ordering method

New Approach Needed to Cut Medicare Costs: Study

Finding suggests better preventive care does not lower medical costs much for those who spend most

Medicare Solvent 2 Years Longer Than Expected: Report

Government-appointed Trustees credit Affordable Care Act with cost savings

Involving Patients in Decisions Raises Health Care Costs, Study Finds

Those who delegate medical decisions to their doctor have shorter hospital stays, researchers say

Hospital Bills Can Vary Widely, Even in Same Cities

New U.S. initiative designed to bring more transparency to cost of health care

Prostate Cancer May Be Deadlier for the Uninsured

Study found they were more likely to have a higher PSA test score, advanced disease and shorter survival