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Nurses Patricia Wegener (left) and Susan Davis at Mercy Hospital can monitor the condition of a patient who is miles away via the hospital's technology. But some health insurers and analysts remain skeptical that telemedicine saves money. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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Belle Likover, a 95-year-old retired social worker, told Case Western Reserve medical students that growing old gracefully is all about being able to adapt to one's changing life situation, including health challenges. Lynn Ischay/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Note: Bars represent the average family premium for employer-based insurance. They are the total paid and reflect contributions by employers and workers. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation survey hide caption

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Can playing the Project Evo game really improve the brain's ability to deal with distractions? Its manufacturer thinks so. Courtesy of Akili hide caption

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Cris and Valerie Fiore hold one of their favorite pictures of their sons Anthony (with the dark hair) and Nick. Anthony died from a heroin overdose in May 2014 at the age of 24. Cris Fiore's eulogy described his son's death as a shock, but "not a surprise." Anthony had been addicted to heroin for years. Ben Allen/WITF hide caption

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A Texas lawsuit filed against 30 insurance plans in 15 states alleges that the companies overcharged Medicare for doctors' house calls. Laughing Stock/Corbis hide caption

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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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