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Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump told Time magazine recently that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” Not really. Among the president’s more questionable claims was his description of the House-passed health bill as “You’re going to have absolute coverage.” The last full estimate from the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a previous version of the bill would result in 24 million fewer people with insurance after 10 years.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insurance marketplaces in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Only 21% of voters approve of the Republican health care plan, poll

Only 21% of voters approve of the Republican health care plan, poll

Only 21 percent of American voters approve of the Republican health care plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, a slight improvement over the 17 percent who approved of the first health care plan in March. Overall, 56 percent of those polled said they disapproved of the plan.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change

Scrapping ‘essential benefits’ may be biggest health care change

Eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s “essential health benefits” could affect almost everybody, including the 156 million Americans who receive health coverage through their employers.

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county – Washington Post video

U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county – Washington Post video

Life expectancy is greatest in the high country of central Colorado, but in many pockets of the United States, life expectancy is more than 20 years lower, according to the report from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
How pre-existing conditions became front and center in health care vote | Viewpoint

How pre-existing conditions became front and center in health care vote | Viewpoint

Individual insurers have developed lists of pre-existing conditions they used to deny coverage (such as substance abuse, acne and sleep apnea), medications (such as heparin, Zyrexa and Interferon) or occupations (such as miners, pilots and air traffic controllers). A congressional report found that 425 medical diagnoses have been used to decline coverage.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More