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Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Americans Can Start Browsing Revamped Health Insurance Website Early
Americans can start shopping Monday for health insurance on HealthCare.gov, even before open enrollment begins on Saturday, a government official said Sunday.
The new version of the website will provide more information and be easier to use than the one that caused so much frustration for consumers last fall, according to Andrew Slavitt, of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The New York Times reported.
On the revamped website, users will be able to sort plans by the cost of their premiums and by the size of the deductible.
Slavitt also said that consumers will also be able to view all plans that have special programs to manage health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and depression, The Times reported.
Ebola Quarantine Fight Nurse to Visit Another Part of Maine
The Maine nurse who defied state officials' demands that she remain in quarantine after treating Ebola patients plans to travel to another part of the state after her 21-day monitoring period ends on Monday.
Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur said they'll leave Fort Kent and go to southern Maine, but did not say exactly where they would go or when they would travel, CNN reported.
The couple was in Fort Kent because Wilbur was attending the University of Maine there, but he has left the school.
"We are going to southern Maine and will decide what's next from there," Hickox told CNN.
State officials tried to force Hickox into quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, despite the fact that she tested negative for the disease and had no symptoms.
A judge ruled that Hickox did not have to be quarantined, but had to submit to close monitoring until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola was over, CNN reported.
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