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Proposed copper plan making headlines

Seven Democrats continue to push for Affordable Care Act reform by introducing a new bill, entitled the Expanded Consumer Choice Act, which introduces copper plans, reports  Vox.

An Affordable Care Act report card

With a year of implementation experience under its belt, the Affordable Care Act has delivered on some of its promises but fallen short elsewhere, according to an analysis by  The New York Times. Excerpts from that analysis highlight ACA effects on health insurance affordability, performance of the exchanges and the healthcare industry.

Insurers push back against docs' 'Rolls Royce' treatments

As insurers increasingly deny treatment provided to members that they deem isn't medically necessary, some industry experts worry how there is no specific standard in the Affordable Care Act that states who determines what is a medical necessity, reported the  Los Angeles Daily News.

GOP senators warn ACA will increase budget woes

Will the Affordable Care Act actually add to the deficit in the coming years? Congressional Republicans, according to a recent Forbes op-ed piece, are now asserting the ACA will add $131 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, negating promises made by President Barack Obama.

Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

After much initial backlash to the Affordable C are Act  (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably,  according to   a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy.

Misinformation, cost anxiety persist among privately insured

With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new re search  conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

ACA's long-term impact on malpractice rates unknown

Medical malprac tice  premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to  Medical Liability Monitor 's annual rate su rvey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported   Medscape Medical News.

Insurers are cancelling plans that don't make business sense

Many insurers across the country are cancelling plans that don't make business sense anymore, even though the Affordable Care Act lets them sell these noncompliant, grandfathered plans through 2017, reported  The Washington Post.

Open Payments database launches amid increasing criticism

The much-maligned Open Payments database has launched, though it's far from glitch-free.

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's  Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.