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An analysis finds more than two million exchange enrollees could be missing out on cost-sharing subsidies that help lower health costs, such as copayments and deductibles, because they did not purchase silver plans. The subsidies are available to individuals with silver plans whose incomes are between 100% and 250% of federal poverty level. Kaiser Health News, Modern Healthcare's "Vital Signs."

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A Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General report finds the Los Angeles VA Regional Office inappropriately designated claims files to be shredded without processing them first. VA OIG says it could not determine how many claims possibly had been destroyed before the issue was identified. Washington Times, VA OIG report.

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Data from the Office of Statewide Health Policy and Development show that the mortality rate among California patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafts -- the most common open heart surgery performed in the U.S. -- increased from 1.9% in 2009 to 2.11% in 2012. Payers & Providers.

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In a letter to the Covered California board, Health Consumer Alliance alleges that the exchange has failed to promptly resolve customer service issues caused by errors in its system for determining coverage eligibility. The exchange says it is working to fix issues with its information technology systems. AP/Washington Times.

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A recent survey finds that the percentage of uninsured California adults under age 65 fell by more than 15% between 2013 and 2014 under the Affordable Care Act and expansion of the state's Medicaid program. However, ethnic and racial disparities persist, particularly among Latinos and Asians. Kaiser Health News.

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