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Meg Ivatti (right), a manager at HealthSource RI, the state's insurance exchange, works with Dianiri Paulino to help a caller sign up for coverage in 2014. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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For Rhode Island, Interstate Health Insurance Sales Didn't Pan Out

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As Republicans look for ways to loosen the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements, sales of short-term health insurance policies could take off. Petrol/Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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HealthCare.gov's open enrollment for 2017 started Nov. 1 and ends on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Last Chance To Sign Up For Obamacare, For 2017 And Maybe Forever

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Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging Death

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Physical therapy may not help a person with a progressive chronic disease become well, but it can help slow a decline. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A color-enhanced spiral CT image of the chest shows a large cancerous mass (in yellow) in the left upper lobe. Medical Body Scans/Science Source hide caption

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Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That's Not Cancer

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Generic drugs used for other conditions are being given a second look as cancer treatments. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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A Pinworm Medication Is Being Tested As A Potential Anti-Cancer Drug

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The micromotor device may someday be used to deliver antibiotics to the stomach. Angewandte Chemie International Edition hide caption

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This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

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Medicaid doesn't just provide health care for the poor; it also pays for long-term care for a lot of older people, including the majority of nursing home residents. Repealing the ACA could change the way Medicaid programs are funded. Bill Gallery/Doctor Stock/Science Faction/Getty Images hide caption

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Obamacare Repeal Could Threaten Provisions That Help Older Adults

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Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, speaks during an enrollment event in Grand Park, in front of Los Angeles City Hall, on Nov. 14. Gary Friedman/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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With financial incentives from the ACA, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston signed agreements with physicians and insurers to create an accountable care organization, in hopes of reducing health care's cost in the long run. But achieving those savings takes time, say hospital officials. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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Hospitals Worry Repeal Of Obamacare Would Jeopardize Innovations In Care

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A self-portrait taken by Cajal in his library when he was in his 30s. Courtesy Instituto Cajal del Consjo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid hide caption

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Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience

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