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CareFirst revises request, seeks higher rate increase

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Wednesday that rate increases it requested from the Maryland Insurance Commission earlier this year are not enough to cover costs for its exchange-based plans and that it needs even larger ones. The state's largest insurer asked the commission in May to allow...

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    Coverage: 'Death with Dignity' debate

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    Sun coverage: Ebola in the news

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    Are pool workouts the next big thing? Swimwear giant Speedo is working on it

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    Why kicking the opioid habit can be so tough

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    Laurel Regional to keep inpatient services through 2017, while work group assess future

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    It has taken the state six months longer than envisioned to review applicants for the state's new business licenses for medical marijuana, and the process has cost taxpayers about $2 million — nearly five times the original estimate. When state officials dreamed up a double-blind, anonymous and...

  • Do workplace wellness programs work?

    Do workplace wellness programs work?

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    While medical marijuana, now being called medical cannabis, has been legalized in the state, Carroll County commissioners indicated Thursday that they have no intention of making it easy to distribute the product within county limits. "I want to make it as hard as possible [to sell medical cannabis]...

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    Woman found to spread Zika through sex for 1st time

    A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented. Zika is usually spread by mosquitoes, and health officials have known for some time that men can spread it through sex. The Centers for Disease...

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