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Health Headlines for Tuesday, December 5

Healthcare prices hard to find online


Reuters Health – Consumers who search online for prices of common medical procedures may be disappointed by what they find, a U.S. study suggests.

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‘I’ve Never Been This Busy’: As Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch

Kaiser Health News

When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

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Death rate among people hospitalized for opioids quadrupled since 2000 — with Medicare patients big driver


The death rate for people hospitalized for opioid-related conditions more than quadrupled from the year 2000 even as the total number of such hospitalizations held steady, according to research published Monday.

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Q&A: Tax Bill Impacts on Health Law Coverage and Medicare

NBC New York

The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time.

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