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More U.S. counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly: analysis

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By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 31 percent of U.S. counties that will have just a single option of insurers within the ACA's exchanges would represent an increase from 7 percent this year, the nonpartisan group found. UnitedHealth Group Inc and Aetna Inc have decided to largely exit government-run online marketplaces in 2017 that sell subsidized plans created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law, citing low enrollment and high service costs.

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Egypt seeks tougher penalties for female circumcision

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Egypt's government said on Sunday it will ask parliament to approve a draft law that would increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcision. Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), was banned in Egypt in 2008. In Egypt, the procedure is practised by both Muslims and Christians.

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Singapore says 40 more locally transmitted Zika cases

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Singapore reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections on Sunday, most of them foreign workers at a construction site. All 41 are residents or workers in a suburban district, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said in a joint statement. "They are not known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, and are thus likely to have been infected in Singapore," the statement said.

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    More U.S. counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly: analysis

    By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 31 percent of U.S. counties that will have just a single option of insurers within the ACA's exchanges would represent an increase from 7 percent this year, the nonpartisan group found. UnitedHealth Group Inc and Aetna Inc have decided to largely exit government-run online marketplaces in 2017 that sell subsidized plans created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law, citing low enrollment and high service costs.

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