Demand for primary care to increase 14% by 2025; Obama fires back at critics after apology;

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> Washington state residents fear the growing influence of the Catholic church on the state's hospitals and its implications for reproductive care, MSNBC reports. Article

> Demand for adult primary care services will increase 14 percent over the next 12 years, with demand growing even more for specialized services due to an older population and greater care access, according to a new Health Affairs study. Abstract

> President Barack Obama, despite his apology to Americans whose health insurance have been cancelled, insisted that history will vindicate healthcare reform, according to CBS New York. Article

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> The Obama administration issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits and their medical and surgical counterparts in health insurance plans nationwide. Article

> Insurers could potentially see fewer enrollments if they sell plans on health insurance exchanges in certain states that are working to prevent consumers from learning about and accessing the marketplace. Article

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