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Recent Warmth Toward Affordable Care Act Persists, WSJ/NBC Poll Shows – WSJ

Recent Warmth Toward Affordable Care Act Persists, WSJ/NBC Poll Shows – WSJ

In the new poll, 43% of respondents thought the Affordable Care Act was a good idea, compared with 45% expressing similar sentiments in January. The new poll suggests Republicans are struggling to garner confidence in their ability to craft a better law. Some 31% of respondents said they had a great deal or some confidence […]

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Threat of Obamacare repeal leaves community health centers in limbo

Threat of Obamacare repeal leaves community health centers in limbo

From Kaiser Health News in partnership with KPCC, WXXI, KJZZ, Colorado Public Radio, and NPR  Treating people for free or for very little money has been the role of community health centers across the U.S. for decades. In 2015, 1 in 12 Americans sought care at one of these clinics; nearly 6 in 10 were women, […]

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Support for health law grows, leaving Republicans in a bind

Support for health law grows, leaving Republicans in a bind

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republican members of Congress are at home this week, with many of them getting an earful from anxious constituents about their plans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. A poll out Friday gives those lawmakers something to be anxious about, too. The monthly tracking poll from the […]

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two Polls Show Highest Support Of Affordable Care Act Since 2010 | TalkingPointsMemo

Two Polls Show Highest Support Of Affordable Care Act Since 2010 | TalkingPointsMemo

A tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, released Friday, said 48 percent of respondents felt favorably toward the health care law, as opposed to 42 percent who felt unfavorably. A poll from the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, found that 54 percent of respondents approved of the law, and 43 percent disapproved, the highest […]

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Big pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000 per day drugs

Big pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000 per day drugs

By Annie Waldman ProPublica Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade insurers, including government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, to cover the costs. That isn’t an easy sell, because the price of the treatments ranges from $40,000 […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is “Community Checkup” – Washington Health Alliance explains

What is “Community Checkup” – Washington Health Alliance explains

There is a lot of variation in health care. Variation is a sign that some people are receiving the care they should, but others are not. The Community Checkup measures the quality of health care across our state and is your resource for understanding health care value in Washington state. To learn more go to […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

From the World Health Organization: Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

By Jane Falkingham Dean of the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton, Southampton, England. The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years for the first time, scientists have predicted. An international study suggests that people will be living far longer in 2030, with the gap between men and women starting […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline A Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday could make it easier for disabled students and their parents to sue schools under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case, involving a Michigan girl and her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder, is one of several the court is considering during its current term […]

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