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Liberal Vermont to the waters GOP health care overhaul

Liberal Vermont to the waters GOP health care overhaul

By Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News Tiny — and very blue — Vermont could be at the leading edge of the health reforms envisioned by the Trump administration and a Republican Congress. The Green Mountain State, population around 626,000, got a broad waiver last October from the federal government to redesign how its health care […]

February 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
A safety-net medical center wrestles with specter of ‘repeal’

A safety-net medical center wrestles with specter of ‘repeal’

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News SAN MATEO — Little surprises Lynda Sutherland, who has been a licensed vocational nurse for 35 years at San Mateo Medical Center. But in the past few years, Sutherland said, she’s been surprised by what’s missing: the patients who used to return again and again to the public hospital […]

February 25, 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
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

[arve url=”https://youtu.be/F3WSd6RGeek” align=”center” maxwidth=”770″/] 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 […]

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
With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

By Sophie Quinton Stateline As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance. Think […]

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

By Ashwin Vasan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine Columbia University, New York City, NY In global public health, 2016 was a year defined by the end of two important emergencies: Ebola and Zika. But that doesn’t mean the risk either of these viruses pose has gone away. Zika transmission continues despite the World Health […]

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Single-payer health care bill introduced in California senate

Single-payer health care bill introduced in California senate

By Anna Gorman CaliforniaHealthLine Legislation introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past. The bill, which is a preliminary step, says that it is the “intent of the Legislature” […]

February 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Treatment gaps persist between low- and high-income workers, even with insurance

Treatment gaps persist between low- and high-income workers, even with insurance

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Low-wage workers with job-based health insurance were significantly more likely than their higher-income colleagues to wind up in the emergency department or be admitted to the hospital, in particular for conditions that with good primary care shouldn’t result in hospitalization, a new study found. At the same time, low-wage […]

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More