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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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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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Mylan CEO Heather Bresch holds up an EpiPen two-pack while testifying about price increases to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Sept. 21. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Rethinking Automatic Insurance Coverage For Preventive Health Care

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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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The range of preventive health services covered without a copay could be extended to include condoms and vasectomies. Media for Medical/UIG via 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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Alina Nurieva (right) sat with Gabriela Cisneros, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, and picked an insurance plan at the Mall of the Americas in Miami last November. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, told the Justice Department in July that the insurer would walk away from many health exchanges if the government opposed the company's proposed deal for Humana. On Tuesday, Aetna followed through. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, said the projected rate increases for 2017 are linked to increases in the cost of health care in the state. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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A guide works on the federal enrollment website as she helps a Delaware resident sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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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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Her income as a New Orleans singer fluctuates with the tourist season, says Lisa Lynn Kotnik, and that's made health insurance too expensive in the past. Now that she has a Medicaid card, getting the health care and medicine she needs should be easier. Courtesy of Skip Bolen hide caption

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Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Brings Insurance To Many New Orleans Musicians

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How do you stay on the family health plan without your parents finding out about your health issues? Alex Williamson/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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