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Exchange Enrollment Growing But Still Short Of Forecasts

The Obama administration just released the latest sign-up numbers for its troubled health insurance exchange website. Enrollment picked up last month, after a disastrous start in October. Still, the number of people signing up for coverage is below the administration's original forecasts.
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Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag

As of Nov. 30, more than 137,000 people had obtained health insurance through the federal website. Another 227,000 got coverage through the state exchanges. Users have until Dec. 23 to sign up if they want the health insurance coverage to start Jan. 1.
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Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

Veterans with "other than honorable" discharges lose benefits like the GI Bill for school or a VA home loan. But they also can't get VA health care and disability compensation, even for the PTSD that may have caused the bad discharge. Such veterans have a few avenues of appeal, but none is simple.
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What's At Stake For States That Reject Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act has produced a surge in the number of people signing up for Medicaid. The ACA offers billions of federal dollars to states to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor. But only 25 states have accepted the federal government's offer, and those that haven't could face economic and budget losses.
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Lawmakers In Uruguay Vote To Legalize Pot

The country's President Jose Mujica says the prohibition of cannabis hasn't worked. The new law would allow the growing, selling and using of the drug.
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Anthony Brown Says Maryland Health Exchange Fixes Are 'Evolving Process'

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has drawn criticism for the bumpy rollout of Maryland's healthcare exchange, but he says fixes are coming, albeit slowly.

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Popular Antacids Increase The Risk Of B-12 Deficiency

All medications come with risks, and one of the risks with popular heartburn medicines seems to be that they interfere with the absorption of vitamin B-12. That can cause troubling symptoms, from anemia and depression to dementia.
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McDonnell Proposes Increase In Virginia's Mental Health Funding

The tragedy that befell the family of Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds earlier this year has prompted Virginia's governor to propose an increase in spending on mental health.

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Study: Organic Milk Contains More Healthy Fatty Acids

The journal PLoS ONE has a new study that finds organic whole milk has more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. It's being cited by organics advocates as clear evidence that organic milk is more nutritionally beneficial than conventional milk.
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To Fight Meningitis Outbreak, Princeton Tries European Vaccine

The vaccine made by Novartis isn't approved for general use in the United States. But the Food and Drug Administration is allowing it on the Princeton campus. The university is offering the vaccine to students and some other people on campus through Thursday.

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