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Families to pay price if maternity care coverage is cut by GOP

Families to pay price if maternity care coverage is cut by GOP

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Christie Popp, who is pregnant with her third child, is hoping hard that the maternity coverage she has through the Affordable Care Act doesn’t go away. That coverage is written into the health law as a requirement for every plan sold on the individual market. But that could change […]

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Deciphering the CBO’s analysis of the GOP health bill

Deciphering the CBO’s analysis of the GOP health bill

Analysis concludes legislation would lead to 24 million more people without insurance in a decade By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The Congressional Budget Office is out with its estimate of what effects the Republican health bill, “The American Health Care Act,” would have on the nation’s health care system and how much it would cost the […]

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UW Medical School ranked top in primary care

UW Medical School ranked top in primary care

The University of Washington’s School of Medicine is No. 1 for training in primary care, according to the latest US News & World Report rankings. The school was ranked No. 12 in the magazine’s rankings of top research institutions.

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Actinic Keratosis: Awareness, Skin Exams Key to Treating the Most Common Pre-Cancer

Actinic Keratosis: Awareness, Skin Exams Key to Treating the Most Common Pre-Cancer

By Eric Brumwell, MD Dermatologist, Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center. The name may be unfamiliar, but the appearance is common. Although you may not have heard of actinic keratosis, if you’re someone who spends time in the sun, you run a high risk of developing one or more in your lifetime. In fact, since […]

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What is you’re already sick? Will you be able to get insurance?

What is you’re already sick? Will you be able to get insurance?

KHN On Call: How Retooled Health Law Might Treat Those With A History Of Illness By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Many people are worried about how potential changes to the federal health law might affect them. But few are as concerned as those with preexisting health conditions. The Affordable Care Act made it illegal […]

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The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor

The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor

Viewpoint: By Megan Foster Friedman, Health Policy Analyst University of Michigan, Anne Arbor, Michigan House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called this bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that […]

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As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

By Christine Vestal Stateline DENVER — At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta. Students sign up to visit Ingram during breaks in classes to talk about family and social troubles while they […]

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Kaiser doctors take pains to slash opioid prescriptions

Kaiser doctors take pains to slash opioid prescriptions

By Sam Quinones Kaiser Health News On a summer afternoon in 2009, eight Kaiser Permanente doctors met in Pasadena to review the HMO’s most prescribed drugs in Southern California. Sun blasted through the windows and the room had no air conditioning, but what unsettled the doctors most were the slides a pharmacist was presenting. “We were […]

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Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for […]

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Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans are in a hurry to get their “repeal and replace” health care bill to the House floor. In just the week since it was introduced, two committees have approved the “American Health Care Act,” and a floor vote is planned before month’s end. But in the rush to legislate, some […]

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