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The homepage of the Affordable Care Act exchange on Nov. 1, 2017 in Miami. The open enrollment period to sign up for a health plan on HealthCare.gov runs through Dec. 15; several states with their own health care exchanges have later deadlines. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

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Isabel Diaz Tinoco and Jose Luis Tinoco had some questions for the Miami insurance agent who helped guide them in signing up for a HealthCare.gov policy at the Mall of the Americas in November. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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HealthCare.gov Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-Ups Likely To Trail Last Year's

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Opposition to Obamacare has been strong from the beginning. Demonstrators made their dissatisfaction clear in front of the Supreme Court in 2015. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A week after Hurricane Harvey swept through southern Texas in August, the streets of Katy, Texas, were still flooded. People in Puerto Rico and the Southeastern U.S. who were affected by the hurricanes are among those who may have extra time to enroll for 2018 health plans. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Anna Whiting Sorrell, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in northwest Montana, had hernia surgery a couple of years ago. The Indian Health Service picked up a part of the tab for the surgery but denied coverage for follow-up appointments. Mike Albans for NPR hide caption

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Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

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Parents Worry Congress Won't Fund The Children's Health Insurance Program

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Michele Comisky of Vienna, Va., enrolled her 8-year-old son, Jackson, in a study to test the value of probiotics in preventing the gut distress often experienced when taking antibiotics. Rob Stein/NPR hide caption

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

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About one child a month dies from being entangled in cords from blinds and shades, a study finds. Efforts are underway to get corded blinds off the market, but many will remain in homes. Joanne Dugan/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, walks through the Capitol with colleagues in early December. Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Australia had a particularly hard flu season this year, which may predict similar challenges for the U.S. Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

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I guess it's too late to change my mind. Aşkın Dursun KAMBEROĞLU/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan

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Sales surged for guns, such as these seen at a show in Kenner, La., in late 2012, after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Millions of people watched the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse in the U.S. Most emerged unscathed. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images hide caption

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Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

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Hairdressers spend more time looking at the tops of heads than anyone else, so are well positioned to spot suspicious skin changes. CommerceandCultureAgency/Getty Images hide caption

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The first baby born as a result of a womb transplant in the United States in the neonatal unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. AP hide caption

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First Baby Born To U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

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Margarita Mills (left), an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, helped Daniela Morales shop for an Affordable Care Act health plan at the Mall of the Americas in Miami last month. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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CVS Health has struck a deal to buy Aetna, the insurance giant. The combined companies would have more clout with drugmakers and would aim to bring more health care to consumers in retail clinics. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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