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California Challenges Insurers on Autism Treatment

California enacted a rule that makes it more difficult for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism. The state is looking to make sure these expensive therapies are accessible to families.

The new rule enforces that insurers cover behavioral interventions for children with autism at the same level that they cover visits to a medical doctor.

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FDA Approves Cyramza for Advanced Stomach Cancer or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma

The FDA approved Cyramza (ramucirumab) to treat patients with advanced stomach cancer and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. The injectable drug, an angiogenesis inhibitor marketed by Eli Lilly and Company, is the first FDA-approved treatment for the disease following chemotherapy.

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More than 7 Million People Sign Up for Coverage on Health Insurance Exchanges

Washington, DC—Despite technical glitches that marred the rollout of the health insurance marketplaces last fall, President Barack Obama announced on April 1 that 7.1 million people signed up for insurance coverage in 2014 through the federal and state-based exchanges. Thanks to millions of enrollees in the last few weeks amidst an influx of marketing and advertising, the numbers exceeded the estimated 7 million people that the Congressional Budget Office had projected would sign up.

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