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Consensus Builds For Universal HIV Testing

Teenagers and adults as old as 65 should get screened for HIV, new guidelines say. People at higher risk of infection, including men who have sex with men and people who use IV drugs, should get retested at least once a year.
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CareFirst Calls For 25 Percent Rate Hike In Maryland

Those with individual insurance plans in Maryland could see rates rise by a quarter, if a request by the state's largest health care provider is approved.


Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan sold through the new exchanges. But a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.

As Health Law Changes Loom, A Shift To Part-Time Workers

Starting in January, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will be required to provide health insurance or pay a penalty. Some companies say they're already considering shifting those employees to part-time status. But some experts say it's not clear the shift is attributable to the health care law.
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Health Insurers Gear Up For The Affordable Care Act

Health insurers are gearing up for the Obama health care law, which opens enrollment to previously uninsured individuals in October. Kojo examines one company's request to raise premiums and looks at the options for consumers.


Medicaid Expansion To Provide More Care For Native Americans

Next year, just over 200,000 Native Americans will become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The change translates to more money for the Indian Health Service. The expansion will also force Native American health providers to deal with something they've never faced before — competition from non-tribal health programs.