There are many reasons someone could end up having a lapse in health insurance. They might need to move closer to a caregiver or treatment center, for example, and consequently have to quit their job — and lose their insurance. Portra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Ann Mazuca has diabetes and glaucoma that can be aggravated by high blood pressure. The support shown by clinic staff at the University Family Health Center Southeast, in San Antonio, helps her do what's needed to reduce hypertension, she says. "The fact that they care makes me care." Wendy Rigby/TPR hide caption

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Man Who Claimed To Be 146 Years Old Dies In Indonesia

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Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients

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At Gerald Chinchar's home in San Diego, Calif., Nurse Sheri Juan (right) checks his arm for edema that might be a sign that his congestive heart failure is getting worse. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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For Some, Pre-Hospice Care Can Be A Good Alternative To Hospitals

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Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

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Small pulses of electricity to the brain have an effect on memory, new research shows. Science Photo Library/SCIEPRO/Getty Images hide caption

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

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Carl Goulden, of Littlestown Pa., developed hepatitis B 10 years ago. Soon his health insurance premiums soared beyond a price he and his wife could afford. Elana Gordon/WHYY hide caption

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U.S. Health Care Wrestles With The 'Pre-Existing Condition'

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A common blood test checks for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) in a man's blood, as an indicator that he may have prostate cancer. Renphoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

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Though they failed to mobilize Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (right), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the White House could still undercut the insurance exchanges, reduce Medicaid benefits and let states limit coverage of birth control or prenatal visits. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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In 2015, Medicaid spending topped $552 billion nationwide. People who receive both Medicaid and Medicare and people with disabilities account for more than half of Medicaid spending. Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Limits In GOP Plan Could Shrink Seniors' Long-Term Health Benefits

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A colored magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain of a 76-year-old patient with dementia shows the brain has atrophied and the dark brown fluid-filled spaces have become enlarged. Zephyr/Science Source hide caption

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Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

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