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Drug Regs

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting new curbs

on private insurance plans that are popular with seniors in

Medicare, but have been criticized for marketing abuses and high

costs to the government.

   Administration officials said the changes include winnowing down

the number of versions of a plan that insurers can offer and

discouraging insurers from shifting costs to patients with chronic

diseases. The changes also include banning a sometimes common

practice of charging patients more for brand name drugs.

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