Steward Health Care System, Mass. AG reach deal; Voters agree on Medicare, but not ACA;

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> Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley reached a settlement with Steward Health Care System to keep a temporary emergency department and other services open at Quincy Medical Center after the for-profit hospital operator shuttered the hospital last month in apparent violation of a contact with the attorney general's office, the Boston Globe reports. Article

> Members of both major political parties agree on protecting Medicare for future generations, but diverge on whether they would prefer to tweak the Affordable Care Act or repeal it and start over, according to a poll by the Wall Street Journal. Poll

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> The multi-state plan program was intended to amp up competition among state exchanges, but the chances of that happening are somewhat unlikely. Article

> The percentage of uninsured adults decreased from 20 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in the second half of 2014, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund. Additionally on the decline is the number of Americans who reported difficulty trying to pay medical bills. Article

> The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is often credited with contributing to the recent slowdown in healthcare cost increases by helping millions of Americans obtain health insurance. A recent survey found that delaying the impact of the ACA might also be part of the reason why. Article

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