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> As the Feb. 15 Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline approaches, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is upping its outreach to ensure residents sign up, reported NPR. The insurer is driving a van around the south of the state and issuing educational pamphlets in both English and Spanish. Article

> The California State University (CSU) Health Insurance Education Project released a study that found that about 50 percent of CSU students can obtain coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California for less than the cost of the fine they'd have to pay should they forego coverage, according to CSULA University Times. Article

> In Texas, insurance brokers are doing what they can to market themselves to consumers during the final days of open enrollment, Kaiser Health News reported. Previously, brokers felt left out of the process because the ACA focuses more on the navigators and websites. Article

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> In light of the cyberattack against Anthem, federal officials plan to review whether HIPAA should require encryption, according to the Associated Press. Article

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> When it comes to healthcare, both providers and consumers benefit when patients get a second opinion about treatment, new research indicates. Article

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