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So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

Republicans want states to remake the health insurance marketplaces within their borders with less federal money to do it.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Despite often-fierce industry opposition, a variety of bills are working their way through state governments. California, Nevada and New York are among those joining Maryland in passing legislation meant to undercut skyrocketing drug prices.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress’ cold shoulder sends shivers through community health centers

Congress’ cold shoulder sends shivers through community health centers

With four days left in the government’s fiscal year, Congress has not voted on reauthorizing billions of dollars now going to community health centers and other health programs for the 2018 budget year that starts Sunday.

September 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

The White House has long been expected to issue an executive order on drug costs. But leaked documents show that deliberations have focused on things the industry wants, such as extending overseas patents and changing a drug-discount program for hospitals, and not so much on lowering prices.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

There are no firm statistics showing how many Dreamers work in the health care sector, but industry leaders suggested that DACA’s end could have an impact, especially among medical students and home health aides. Multiple health care groups denounced the administration’s move.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food – viewpoint

Food is the number one cause of poor health in America. Poor diet is not just about individual choice, but about the systems that make eating poorly the default for most Americans. If we want to cut down on disease and achieve meaningful health care reform, we should make it a top priority to address our nation’s nutrition crisis.

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

Uninsured rate falls to record low of 8.8%

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

September 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many solutions when it comes to stabilizing markets and preventing premium increases. Rather than wasting time on issues that divide us, we should prioritize finding common ground and moving the ball in the right direction.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More