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That Surgery Might Cost You A Lot Less In Another Town

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Stacey McHoul said she ran out of psychiatric medicine a few days after leaving jail last year and soon began using heroin again. Courtesy of Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Employees at all Lowe's home improvement stores, including this one in South San Francisco, Calif., are eligible to have certain surgeries paid for by the company at selected hospitals. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Firms Save Money By Offering Employees Free Surgery

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UnitedHealth Group, based in Minnetonka, Minn., says it expects to lose $650 million on health exchange plans this year. Many people who bought the plans are in relatively poor health, the company says. Mike Bradley/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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When deductibles and copays are high, quite a few people with insurance turn to free clinics for care. Jens Magnusson/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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If UnitedHealth Group. based in Minnetonka, Minn., pulls back from the Obamacare exchanges, premiums nationwide would go up around 1 percent, a Kaiser Family Foundation reports finds. Mike Bradley/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The entrance to Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif. Sutter Health has hospitals in more than 100 communities in Northern California; it reported $11 billion in revenue last year, with an operating profit of $287 million. Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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"We are now shifting our attention to changing the underlying delivery system to make it more cost effective and higher quality," says Peter Lee, executive director for Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace. Anne Cusack/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State

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Split Views On Health Overhaul In Ohio

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Hospitals Adapt ERs To Meet Patient Demand For Routine Care

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