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11 Easy and Great Ways to Save Money in 2013

With the prospect of higher taxes and federal budget cuts looming on Dec. 31, here are 11 easy ways you can save money and/or put a few extra dollars back in your pocket in 2013.

Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Care Reform Law

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too: It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Obamacare Could Kill One Type of Cheap Health Insurance

A key goal of the Affordable Care Act was to reduce national cost of health care. But one of its effects may be to eliminate a popular product that cuts Americans' personal health insurance costs: high-deductible health plans.

When You Retire Really Matters

As baby boomers start hitting age 65, putting off retirement for a few years has become all the rage. But even if you're pessimistic about your financial prospects, you may not need to wait as long as you might think to retire securely.

Rebates From Obamacare to Top $1 Billion: Report

More than 3 million health insurance policyholders and thousands of employers will share $1.3 billion in rebates this year, thanks to President Barack Obama's health care law, a nonpartisan research group said Thursday.

Obama's Health Overhaul Lags in Many States

Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care. This is the year that will make or break the health care law. States were supposed to be partners in carrying out the biggest safety net expansion since Medicare and Medicaid, and the White House claims they're making steady progress.

Clearer Consumer Price Tags for Healthcare

A new database, created as part of the New York settlement with insurance companies over out-of-network coverage, estimates the cost of a wide range of different procedures. The tool gives consumers a better idea of their expected bills.

Fewer Americans Get Employer Health Insurance

Amid high unemployment rates and rising health-care costs, a smaller proportion of Americans -- less than 45% -- are getting health insurance from their employers, according to a recent Gallup survey.

Waging a War of Numbers Over Repealing Health Care Reform

GOP leaders will plead for the benefits of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, bringing arguments and numbers to support their viewpoint, while House Democrats will continue their counterpush, throwing very different numbers at the American public.

Will Obamacare Really Kill 1.6 Million Jobs?

The Republican opposition in Congress has put that number on the impact they say health care insurance reform will have on employment. The law's proponents say their figure is way off target. The real affect will likely depend on how the law actually gets implemented.

What a Wild Year It Was
for Health Care

Led by the health insurance reform law, a flurry of drug and food recalls, key medical breakthroughs and plenty of layoffs and lawsuits, 2010 proved to be an exciting -- if not always positive -- year. Here's our list of the year's biggest health stories.

Aetna Earnings Per Share Jump 63%

Aetna (AET) reported a 63% jump in earnings per share for the third quarter. The insurer reported earnings per share of $1.19 in the third quarter, up from 73 cents per share a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

One in Six Americans Is Now on Medicaid

One in Six Americans A record one in six Americans are on Medicaid, the government's health program for the poor, according to USA Today. And Medicaid is just one of several government anti-poverty programs that have seen large increases in caseloads and in costs.

Concierge Medicine: Paying for Your Doc's Undivided Attention

Long a must-have for stars and the very rich, concierge doctors are becoming more common among the middle class who are fed up with long waits and rushed visits in traditional practices. These patients are willing to pay a price for doctors who are available 24/7 and who make house calls.