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Martin Shkreli was CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals when the company boosted the price of a drug by 5,000 percent. He has since resigned. Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Skimping on health insurance carries a hidden price for some fast-food restaurants. Paula Connelly/Getty Images hide caption

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After knee surgery, David Larson, 66, of Huntington Beach, Calif., experienced pain in a calf muscle. His answer to an automated email from the doctor led to the diagnosis and treatment of a potentially dangerous blood clot. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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A pharmacist counts pain pills. In an effort to curb the abuse of Oxycontin, Vicodin and other opioid painkillers, some health plans in Massachusetts now limit a patient's initial prescription to a 15-day supply, and plan to halve that number in February. Gabe Souza/Getty Images hide caption

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The effects of opioid abuse can go unnoticed at work. George Doyle/Getty Images hide caption

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Opioid Abuse Takes A Toll On Workers And Their Employers

Many employers who test for drugs don't screen employees for opioids. Yet opioid abuse is linked to problems with workplace productivity and safety.

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Dave Manning (left) and three other veterans who are studying to become physician assistants at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Brian Strickland / hide caption

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Making The Most Of Military Medics' Field Experience


A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill training program for physician assistants recruits veterans and gives them credit for their experience.

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Seanne Thomas manages three health insurance plans for people in her family. Mark Zdechlik/MPR hide caption

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Nurse practitioner Rachelle Quimpo begins an ear exam on Shreya Sasaki at a Kaiser Permanente health clinic inside a Target retail department store in San Diego, Calif., as Dr. Heidi Meyer watches via video. Kaiser says it will train medical students to provide good care beyond traditional medical settings. Mike Blake/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Martha Lucia (from left), Bienvendida Barreno and Jorge Baquero discuss health insurance options with agents from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors at a Miami mall last month. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy unveiled his budget to the legislature last February, but the year's expenditures were greater than income. Connecticut's leaders voted to cut hospital funding to help close the gap. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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A recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that Medicare recipients taking Revlimid for cancer could end up paying, on average, $11,538 out of pocket for the drug in 2016, even if the medicine is covered by their Medicare Part D plan. Carmine Galasso/MCT/Landov hide caption

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A view from the starting line of the sixth annual Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, N.C., in 2010. The local children's health clinic takes its name from this annual charity race, which draws about 8,000 participants each year. Courtesy of Dustin Bates hide caption

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Rick and Letha Heitman, of Centennial, Colo., bought their health plan in 2015 through Colorado HealthOP, an insurance cooperative that will close at the end of the year. HealthOp's CEO says the co-op was "blindsided" when some promised federal subsidies failed to materialize. John Daley/CPR News hide caption

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Mendocino, Calif., lures vacationing tourists and retirees. But the lone hospital on this remote stretch of coast, in nearby Fort Bragg, is struggling financially. David McSpadden/Wikimedia hide caption

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