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States offer privacy protections to young adults on their parents health plan

States offer privacy protections to young adults on their parents health plan

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The health law opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. But there’s a downside to remaining on the family plan. Chances are that mom or dad, as policyholder, will get a notice from the insurer every time […]

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court strikes down key restriction in Texas anti-abortion law

Supreme Court strikes down key restriction in Texas anti-abortion law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The Supreme Court struck down key aspects of a Texas abortion law Monday, casting doubt on similar laws in nearly two dozen states. At issue in the court’s decision were two specific provisions of a sweeping law to restrict abortions passed by the Texas legislature in 2013. The provisions […]

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Some consumers who use health insurance copays to buy prescription drugs are paying far more than they should be and would be better off paying with cash, especially for generics. The added cost runs as high as $30 or more per prescription, say pharmacists, and the money is largely […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
To fight antibiotic resistance, we need to fight bad prescribing habits

To fight antibiotic resistance, we need to fight bad prescribing habits

By John Gums Conversation.com May’s announcement that a strain of bacteria with genes conferring resistance to colistin, our antibiotic of last resort, was identified in the United States, is just the latest report highlighting the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is driven by many factors, the most significant of which is inappropriate prescribing. This is when […]

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rates of prescription opioid abuse doubled over 10 years

Rates of prescription opioid abuse doubled over 10 years

Rates of nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder double in 10 years From the National Institutes of Health Almost 10 million U.S. adults report misusing prescription opioids in 2012-2013. Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, a government study had found. Nearly […]

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Feed Me, Pharma: More Evidence That Industry Meals Are Linked to Costlier Prescribing

Feed Me, Pharma: More Evidence That Industry Meals Are Linked to Costlier Prescribing

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica Evidence is mounting that doctors who receive as little as one meal from a drug company tend to prescribe more expensive, brand-name medications for common ailments than those who don’t. A study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found significant evidence that doctors who received meals tied to specific drugs […]

June 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare advisory panel targets rising drug prices in latest report

Medicare advisory panel targets rising drug prices in latest report

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Congress should move to slow spending in Medicare’s drug benefit by adopting a package of changes that could save billions, but would also add costs to insurers and have mixed effects on enrollees, an independent advisory commission said Wednesday.

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More