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Brenda Hummel and her 7-year-old daughter Andrea in their home near Des Moines, Iowa. Andrea was born with severe epilepsy and gets her health care through Medicaid. Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Patient reviews of doctors tend to focus on non-medical issues like wait time, billing and front office staff. Mahafreen H. Mistry/NPR hide caption

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One of the first signs drivers see on the way into Unionville, Mo. is this billboard advertising cardiology at Putnam County Memorial Hospital. Offering specialty services, like cardiology and psychiatry turned the hospital around, community leaders say. Bram Sable-Smith/KBIA/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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Steve Heller has worked for Minnesota's John Henry Foster company for 15 years. He says he likes the greater choice of health plans he now has because of the private exchange. Mark Zdechlik/MPR hide caption

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Amanda Angelotti (left) and Connie Chen, both graduates of University of California, San Francisco's medical school, opted for careers in digital health. Josh Cassidy/KQED hide caption

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Mardi Palan, a hair stylist in Portland, Ore., is hoping to become a surrogate for a couple from Israel. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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An analysis shows the monthly premiums for many people with Obamacare policies will not much change in 2016. But the high increases of some policies are drawing fire. Rob Colvin/ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Health plans begun under the Affordable Care Act are required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost to members. Older plans are exempt from that rule. iStockphoto hide caption

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Carol and John Iovine say the health coach their insurer assigned John after he had a torrent of grave health problems in 2014 has helped them get the medical care he still needs. And it's helped keep him out of the hospital. Todd Bookman/WHYY hide caption

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The staff at the Charlotte Community Health Clinic: Nancy Hudson (left), Maria Elena Solanilla, Tonya Luna, Lisa Ortiz-Fraticelli, Charm May Agustin, Martha Brinsko and Tamara Withers-Thompson. Michael Tomsic/WFAE hide caption

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Diagnosis by text or a phone call is often convenient and popular with patients. But is it good medicine? Apriori/iStockphoto hide caption

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There are legal questions about how far employers can go to encourage participation in wellness programs. Bjorn Rune Lie/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid. Rick Wilking/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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