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This week, the California Department of Public Health is investigating the first human case of plague in the state since 2006. DPH also has issued a warning to residents about Valley Fever, a potentially fatal disease that has grown more prevalent in recent years. Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" et al.

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A new study finds that patients with serious illnesses who visit the hospital and emergency department frequently typically do so over a short period of time. The researchers say the findings contradict previous studies that have shown such patients use health care services intensely over the long term. Kaiser Health News, FierceHealthcare.

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A report by the California HealthCare Foundation projects that the state's growing aging population could increase demand for health care services, but the effects will be disproportionate depending on service type and location. A separate report suggests community colleges could help train new health care workers to help meet such demand. Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert."

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A new Deloitte survey finds that 30% of exchange enrollees are satisfied with their plan, compared with 42% of respondents with employer-sponsored plans, 48% of Medicaid beneficiaries and 58% of Medicare beneficiaries. Meanwhile, 14% of exchange enrollees said they are "not satisfied" with their coverage. Washington Times, The Hill.

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The Obama administration is pressing state regulators to reduce insurers' requests for large premium increases for 2016 plans offered through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange. Some insurers, including three in New Jersey, are seeking double-digit premium increases. New York Times et al.

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