In health news:

New research from CMS found that health spending jumped last year, driven mainly by increased healthcare coverage through Affordable Care Act enrollment, and the introduction of expensive hepatitis C drugs. Overall, U.S. healthcare spending saw a growth of 5.3 percent in 2014, for a total of $3 trillion. This represents a marked increase from the 2.9 percent growth rate of 2013, which was the lowest in 55 years of National Health Expenditure Accounts. Per capita spending also rose, at a rate of 4.5 percent.

Read more from MedPage Today here. Access the CMS data via Health Affairs here.

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