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GOP Medicaid cuts hit rural America hardest, report finds

GOP Medicaid cuts hit rural America hardest, report finds

Trump Country it may be, but rural counties and small towns also make up Medicaid Country — those parts of the nation whose low-income children and families are most dependent on the federal-state health insurance program.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

Many people with disabilities can live independently because of supportive services that are covered under Medicaid, the government health insurance for people with disabilities and the poor. These services would likely disappear under the GOP Medicaid cuts.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Large majorities say continued funding of Medicaid expansion is important

Large majorities say continued funding of Medicaid expansion is important

Large majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans want continued federal funding for Medicaid expansion, poll finds.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
STD treatment for two? Approach yields more cures at lower cost, study finds

STD treatment for two? Approach yields more cures at lower cost, study finds

States that allow doctors to treat a patient’s sexual partner without an in-person visit may find more success lowering rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

A study has found that receiving housing assistance from the federal government — through vouchers, public housing and subsidies for so-called multifamily homes — increased people’s likelihood of having health insurance and access to regular care.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

As health care systems continue to shift toward becoming comprehensive medical homes for patients, health care providers are increasingly incorporating lawyers into the team of professionals who are on hand to help people at no additional charge to patients.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Now Medicare has temporarily changed its rules to offer a reprieve from penalties for people who kept Affordable Care Act policies after becoming eligible for Medicare.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
“Don’t kiss your chicks,” says public health veterinarian

“Don’t kiss your chicks,” says public health veterinarian

On June 2, the Washington State Department of Health announced an ongoing Salmonella outbreak associated with live poultry. As of the latest update on this outbreak, 16 people in Washington (including two in King County) have been diagnosed with Salmonella, though the outbreak is affecting people nationwide.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

An estimated 1 in 9 Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and prescriptions for inhalers like Spiriva and Advair account for billions in Medicare spending each year. Yet, even with Medicare coverage many enrollees can’t afford their copays.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreak sickens 16 in Washington state

Salmonella outbreak sickens 16 in Washington state

The Department of Health confirmed today that 16 people have been diagnosed with Salmonella after coming in contact with live poultry. The people infected are from Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King (2), Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pierce (2), Snohomish, Yakima (2), and Whatcom counties.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More