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Independent firm to review CareFirst rate request

The state entity that approves insurance rates is going to hire an independent actuarial firm to review the large increases requested by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for plans that people buy under the Affordable Care Act.

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CareFirst requests rate increases of more than 50 percent

Maryland's largest health insurer asked state regulators Thursday for permission to raise rates by an average of 52 percent on health plans bought by individuals on the state insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

The other three insurance companies that sell plans on the exchange joined CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in asking to increase rates significantly, though not as much as CareFirst.

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Milia are white bumps, not acne, and should be treated differently

Those little white bumps on your face, or your newborn's face or body, may not be acne. And they may require a different tactic to treat, says Dr. G. Panisri Rao, a primary care physician at Carroll Health Group. If you're unsure, your doctor will be able to tell the difference.

What are milia and who is most likely to get them?

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Hopkins researcher says mild Zika outbreak could cost at least $183 million

As mosquito season approaches, a Johns Hopkins University researcher has made new estimates that put the cost of a mild Zika outbreak at more than $183 million and the cost of a more severe one at more than $1.2 billion.

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Ronald McDonald House to build new facility for sick children

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore will break ground this morning on a new facility that will double the number of sick children and their families that the organization is able to help.

Once completed, the 60,000-square-foot facility on Aisquith Street in Jonestown will accommodate 2,200 families a year.

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Hopkins adds Pennsylvania hospital to research network

Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania has joined a research network run by Johns Hopkins that aims to accelerate the pace that new treatments are discovered.

The network developed by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research connects researchers from academic institutions with those who work in community settings to collaborate on research and share findings.

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