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Price poised to protect doctors’ interests at HHS

Price poised to protect doctors’ interests at HHS

By Christina Jewett and Marisa Taylor Kaiser Health News In picking Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services, Donald Trump has chosen an orthopedic surgeon who in his congressional career, has loyally promoted the interests of the medical profession — its freedom and importantly, its financial interests. A conservative representing Georgia’s 6th District, […]

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Environmentalists offer to help protect health care under Trump

Environmentalists offer to help protect health care under Trump

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News Environmental groups are laser-focused in their crusade for cleaner air and water, on curbing climate change, and preventing toxins from contaminating communities. But as they prepare for the Trump administration and Republican control of Congress, many of them say they’re rethinking their strategies and building new alliances. For Sierra […]

December 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Five ways a new HHS secretary could quickly change health policy

Five ways a new HHS secretary could quickly change health policy

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Prospective Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee, brings a distinctive to-do list to the agency.  And, if confirmed by the Senate, he will have tremendous independent power to get things done. While he will report to the president, heads of […]

December 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage. Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
In House majority leader’s district, many depend on health reform law he wants to scrap

In House majority leader’s district, many depend on health reform law he wants to scrap

By Pauline Bartolone and Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn’t sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy’s rural California district. “It’s like they dangled the carrot and now they’re taking it away,” said […]

December 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Need pricey drugs from an Obamacare plan? You’ll should more of the cost.

Need pricey drugs from an Obamacare plan? You’ll should more of the cost.

By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby and Elizabeth Lucas Kaiser Health News Substantially more health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces require consumers next year to pay a hefty portion of the cost of the most expensive drugs, changes that analysts say are intended to deter persistently ill patients from choosing their policies. The class […]

December 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Older patients can appeal to stop an early hospital discharge

Older patients can appeal to stop an early hospital discharge

But slowing down a hospital discharge requires fast action By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News The old man slept quietly as his daughter sat by his hospital bed. Suddenly, an aide walked in and announced that a move was imminent. “Your time here is up,” Bonnie Miller Rubin remembers the aide explaining. “He’s going to […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health savings accounts reward wealthier consumers most

Health savings accounts reward wealthier consumers most

HSA Balances Climb But Benefits Reward Wealthier Consumers Most By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News President-elect Donald Trump has proposed expanding health savings accounts as an alternative to the health law. More than 20 million people now have high-deductible health plans that can link to the tax-advantaged accounts, and the average account balance grew by […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Congress Passes Environmental Health Laws After States Force Its Hand

Congress Passes Environmental Health Laws After States Force Its Hand

By Sarah Breitenbach Stateline For much of the last two years, Democratic state Sen. David Zuckerman of Vermont thought he was victorious. For more than a decade, the organic farmer had tried to force companies that sell food in his state to label products that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs). His legislative colleagues finally agreed […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Some GOP voters skittish on full Obamacare repeal, poll finds

Some GOP voters skittish on full Obamacare repeal, poll finds

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News With their party gaining control of both the White House and Congress, some Republican voters are growing hesitant about outright abolition of the Affordable Care Act and instead favoring a more circumspect approach of scaling it back, according to a poll released Thursday. Republican opposition to the ACA remains […]

December 1, 2016 | By | Reply More