President Obama speaks in Dallas in 2013 about the technical problems that affected the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Now, citing the law's success, he is urging Congress to expand the insurance offerings. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hassle Of Being A Patient Can Turn Into A Crisis Without Sick Leave

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In states that made medical marijuana legal, prescriptions for a range of drugs covered by Medicare dropped. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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The backlog of appeals of denied Medicare claims will take years to clear up even after changes proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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An independent commission recommended changes to Medicare Part D, including reducing or waiving copayments for generic drugs for low-income enrollees. Shana Novak/Getty Images hide caption

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There will be about 55 percent more people with diabetes as baby boomers become senior citizens, a report finds. Rolf Bruderer/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has spent about $117 million on Medicare Advantage audits that have recouped just $14 million related to overcharging. Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Congress complained to the administration that hospitals needed more time to check the accuracy of quality ratings. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Talking about end-of-life care may be difficult, but the stakes make the conversations worth the effort. Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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The question of how pharmaceutical payments to doctors affect medical practice has been fraught. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug-Company Payments Mirror Doctors' Brand-Name Prescribing

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Erbitux is used to treat cancers that start in the head and neck and tumors there that spread from other parts of the body. Because its effectiveness varies, should the price also? Dr. P. Marazzi/Science Source hide caption

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A federal whistleblower suit unsealed in late February alleges that Humana knew about billing fraud involving Medicare Advantage patients and didn't stop it. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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States can't compel self-insured employers to provide claims data for analytical purposes, the Supreme Court held. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has proposed a health care policy he calls "Medicare for All." But some left-leaning economists say the plan doesn't pencil out. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Sanders' Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage

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