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Obamacare Rate Increases Low as Insurer Competition Grows

businessweek.com — Bloomberg News Obamacare premiums, once predicted to skyrocket in the second year under the government's marketplace, have risen about 6 percent for 2015, according to an analysis of preliminary state filings. While foes of the Affordable Care Act warned of double-digit rate increases, the costs of premiums seen so far is more modest for the new year.

N.Y. Ebola Case Shows Doctor Quarantine Needed: Lawmaker

bloomberg.com — Related Doctors returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa should be quarantined for at least three weeks, Representative Jason Chaffetz said today as Congress held a second hearing on the response to the virus' outbreak. Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, said a New York City doctor's self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms after he returned to the U.S.

In Case of Ebola, U.S. Has Stockpile of Expired Sanitizer

bloomberg.com — In the event Washington suffers an outbreak of Ebola, the U.S. government has almost 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer waiting for emergency workers. The trouble is that 84 percent of the stockpile has expired. An August audit by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that the U.S.

Shopping Around for a CT Scan Can Save $100, Study Finds

bloomberg.com — When patients shop for lab tests, scans and other medical procedures, they save money -- an average of $125 on expensive imaging services, for example, according to a study that evaluated consumer price comparisons for U.S. health services for the first time. It's a common-sense result that economists have long predicted, yet many U.S.

Obamacare Refutes Prediction of Corporate America Cost Increases

northjersey.com — Numbers show that the dangers predicted from the Affordable Care Act haven't happened, and corporate America is actually benefiting from it Business groups said soon after Obamacare became law in 2010 that the sweeping health care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses.

Ebola 'Not a Significant Threat' in U.S., CDC Chief Says Under GOP Grilling

bloomberg.com — Republican lawmakers sharply criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's response to the Ebola outbreak as agency director Thomas Frieden said the virus is not a "significant public health threat." "People's lives are at stake and the response so far has been unacceptable," Representative Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said today as a hearing began in Washington.

Hospitals Need Full-Time Ebola Care Supervisor, CDC Says

bloomberg.com — Hospitals in the U.S. caring for Ebola victims need to appoint a full-time individual who is responsible for overseeing infection control, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. The agency has sent infection-control experts to a Dallas hospital where two nurses became infected after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct.

Wal-Mart Health Cuts Reopen Debate Over Obamacare Costs, Savings

bloomberg.com — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 's move to eliminate health insurance for about 30,000 part-time workers underscores the mixed benefits of Obamacare for companies and their employees. Wal-Mart said yesterday it would no longer provide health coverage to employees who work less than 30 hours a week, following similar moves by retailers such as Target Corp., Home Depot Inc.

Bill for Ebola care adding up fast

star-telegram.com — Have more to add? News tip? Tell us Caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, may cost as much as half a million dollars, a bill that his hospital is unlikely to ever collect. Duncan is in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he has been isolated since Sept.

Bill for Ebola Adds Up as Care Costs $1,000 an Hour

bloomberg.com — The care provided Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan may have cost as much as half a million dollars, a bill Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is unlikely to ever collect. Duncan died today at the hospital, where he had been isolated since Sept. 28.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @spettypi: where are those skyrocketing Obamacare premiums you were promised? bloom.bg/1wMdsrT via @BloombergNews vy @aawayne

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ArmstrongDrew: “It seems like everybody’s got an #Ebola test these days." That's the problem--they don't. bloom.bg/1G1iCok by @KellyGilblom

Oct 31, 2014

RT @igorvolsky: Obamacare premiums will increase approximately 6% in 2015 Before the law, premium increases averaged about 10% bloom.bg/1wQdUXK

Oct 31, 2014

"Even though it’s a hassle, shopping is going to be worth it for consumers this fall.” #Obamacare 2015. bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-3…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CarolineYLChen: It's #Obamacare season again! @aawayne brings you the good news: premiums aren't as expensive as we feared. bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-3…

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