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Healthcare Need Not Be a Headache
By: Christopher Aguiar, Esq.

My PCP is a great doctor, but I hate visiting him. I only live 2 minutes from his office, but somehow, my quick visits usually turn into long excursions. Luckily, I’ve educated myself, understand how my benefit plan works, and have an urgent care clinic nearby. When needed (like last week when my back reminded me I’m losing my battle with father time) I make a quick stop and am in and out in under an hour with the meds I need, at no out of pocket cost thanks to my incentive laden benefit plan with no co-pays on urgent care or generic drugs.  The options are there, but you have to be educated and execute.

Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges
By REED ABELSON

Humana announced on Tuesday that it would no longer offer health insurance coverage in the state marketplaces created under the federal health care law, becoming the first major insurer to cast a no-confidence vote over selling individual plans on the public exchanges for 2018.

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GOP on ACA replacement: Who wants what?
By Emily Rappleye

Republicans in Congress have already laid the foundation for an ACA repeal through the reconciliation process, but what will replace the law still remains uncertain.

And while Republicans agree the ACA needs to go, they have not coalesced around a single plan yet. To provide some clarity around the replacement ideas out there right now, we pulled highlights from statements and plans put forth by President Donald Trump and several Republican leaders.

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Opinion: I’m a former health insurance CEO and this is what Obamacare repeal will do
By J.B. Silvers

There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do — take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business!

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Hospitals facing big divide in pro- and anti-ACA states
By Beth Kutscher

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital sit just 20 miles apart on opposite sides of the Pennsylvania/New York border. They serve a similar patient population in the rural, forested region. They are both owned by the not-for-profit Upper Allegheny Health System.

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