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With Medical Debt Rising, Some Doctors Push For Payment Upfront
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America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni says she would loosen regulations on which insurance plans comply with the Affordable Care Act by adding a "lower tier" option that could entice healthier people. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state agency running the state's new health exchange, announced the plans and prices that will be offered by private insurers on May 23. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums
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Chick-Fil-A employees Jennifer Cummins, right, and Joshua Figaretti work out in the gym during lunch at the company's corporate headquarters office in Hapeville, Ga. Increasingly employers are offering health plan incentives to encourage healthy behaviors from workers. Ric Feld/AP hide caption

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Patients say they feel little personal responsibility for keeping health costs lower. Andrei Tchernov/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Rates for female applicants could be up to 40 percent higher under Genworth Financial's new pricing policy. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The health services offered in 30 years may not be explicitly covered by the long-term care insurance you buy today. Pamela Moore/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception
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Health insurance plans that require consumers to pay more in out-of-pocket medical expenses may have hidden costs. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Child-only policies can be critical to some families, including those where an employer doesn't offer dependent coverage. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance
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Insurance Companies Send Out Rebate Checks; Economists Get Nervous
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What The Apollo Astronauts Did For Life Insurance
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