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On Medicaid money, GOP has a win-or-lose proposition for states

On Medicaid money, GOP has a win-or-lose proposition for states

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News New England’s bucolic countryside looks much the same on either side of the Connecticut River separating Vermont from New Hampshire. But Medicaid beneficiaries are far better off in Vermont. Vermont generously funds its Medicaid program. It provides better benefits, such as dental care, and pays doctors more than New Hampshire’s […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them.

Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them.

By Bruce Horovitz and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Laura Ries was moved to action when she saw a TV commercial that portrayed a woman enjoying time with her grandchildren after taking Lyrica, a prescription medication for diabetic nerve pain. Ries’ elderly mother suffered from just that problem. “The ad showed someone who was enjoying […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Report: Fired US attorney was probing Tom Price’s stock trades

Report: Fired US attorney was probing Tom Price’s stock trades

Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price By Robert Faturechi ProPublica Kaiser Health News Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol,” it also reduces patients’ risk of dying or being hospitalized. Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of heart attack, […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

By Elaine Korry Kaiser Health News An estimated $5.8 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has California’s top universities and medical institutions sounding the alarm. Trump’s spending plan — running into opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike — would cut about 20 percent of the roughly […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
American Hospital Association advert calls for Congress to preserve coverage provided by Obamacare

American Hospital Association advert calls for Congress to preserve coverage provided by Obamacare

March 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Second King County E. coli case linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter

Second King County E. coli case linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter

By Carley Thompson Public Health – Seattle & King County A second child in King County was hospitalized for E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 linked to eating I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter. The child is now recovering and has been discharged from the hospital. On March 10, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall of SoyNut Butter products to include […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health exchange enrollment misses Obama administration’s goal, but stays steady

Health exchange enrollment misses Obama administration’s goal, but stays steady

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News An estimated 12.2 million people signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for 2017, federal officials reported Wednesday, down slightly from the 12.7 million who signed up for 2016. It was also fewer than the 13.8 million people the Obama administration predicted would sign up last […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

By Jay Maddock, Dean and Professor of Public Health Texas A&M University As America grays, healthy aging becomes essential. Physical activity or exercise is an important piece of this. Getting regular exercise of just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week has been linked to a reduction in heart disease, cancer, falls and cognitive impairment […]

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Inmates to be screened for TB after prison diagnosed with the infection

Inmates to be screened for TB after prison diagnosed with the infection

TB evaluation at King County Jail By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County An inmate in the King County Jail system was recently diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis (TB). The person came into contact with other inmates and staff at times between November 20, 2016 and March 1, 2017, mostly at the Maleng Regional Justice Center […]

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