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A federal law that aims to put insurance coverage of mental health care on equal footing with physical health care hasn't succeeded fully. James Boast/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Community Health Options founders COO Robert Hillman (left) and CEO Kevin Lewis seen in 2013 when the co-op began offering coverage. Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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You can check HealthCare.gov for health insurance options and prices. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell at a Senate hearing in 2014. "We expect this to be a transition period for the marketplace," she told reporters Wednesday. "Issuers are adjusting their prices, bringing them in line with actual data on costs." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Although expanding Medicaid in Oregon didn't drive down the recipients' overall use of hospital emergency rooms, the state has seen a decline in avoidable use of ERs by 4 percent in the past two years, according to state statistics. Paul Burns/Getty Images hide caption

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Emergency Room Use Stays High In Oregon Medicaid Study

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Once-a-day HIV pills that combine multiple medicines, such as Truvada, are easier to take, but they can be more expensive than pills that contain only one active ingredient. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Shela Bryan of Hull, Ga., is looking for a new health insurance policy but has been stunned by the prices. Steven Bush/Courtesy of Shela Bryan hide caption

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Under Internal Revenue Service rules, high-deductible insurance plans that can link to health savings accounts can only cover preventive services, such as vaccinations and mammograms, until patients pay down their deductible. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Eliminating disparities in cancer care requires more than just expanding Medicaid coverage, say cancer epidemiologists who found that patients with private insurance seemed to have a survival advantage. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images hide caption

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Employees Are Paying A Bigger Chunk Of Health Insurance Costs

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Family medical histories are used to figure out whether it is worthwhile for a woman to be tested for BRCA genetic mutations, which increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Andrew Brookes/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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A screenshot from a video touting a gap plan called "Premium Saver." Screenshot by NPR/Crema Design Studio hide caption

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The Census Bureau released new numbers on Tuesday showing that real median household incomes rose from $53,718 in 2014 to $56,516 last year. Skopein/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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