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Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

By failing to alert new mothers to such risks, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the U.S. every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes and 65,000 nearly die,

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Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

“Doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who helps.” Although doulas are trained to assist expectant mothers through labor, delivery and beyond, they are not medical providers like midwives.

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Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

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Doctors warm to single-payer health care

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

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CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

If President Donald Trump cuts federal cost-sharing subsidies, health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by an average of 20 percent next year and the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next decade

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Where to get free help picking an insurance plan

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Where to get free help picking an insurance plan

The free services navigators provide includes guiding you through the enrollment process, determining how well their current health plans worked, and exploring new coverage options available.

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No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

Combination vaccines mean kids need fewer injections overall. By adding several antigens (the part of the germ that stimulates the immune system) together in one vaccine, we can protect kids against up to six diseases in a few shots.

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Why Medicaid matters to you

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Medicaid matters to you

While many people may think of Medicaid as a government program that helps only the nation’s poor, that is not accurate. Medicaid helps pay for – and is indeed part of estate planning strategies for – nursing home care and other forms of long-term care.

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Insurers can bend out-of-network rules for patients who need specific doctors

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Insurers can bend out-of-network rules for patients who need specific doctors

If you have a rare condition you can ask your plan to allow you to see an out-of-network specialist and treat her as if she were in network for cost-sharing purposes.

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More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

Nationwide, slightly more than 1 percent of the more than 56 million Medicare beneficiaries have received advance-care planning talks, which focus on understanding and documenting treatment preferences for people nearing the end of their lives.

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