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What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

What happens to developmentally disabled as parents age and die?

By Jen Fifield Stateline ROCKVILLE, Md. — Ever since she was 4, when a caregiver force-fed her with a spoon, Caroline Munro has not let anyone feed her but her mother. The 22-year-old has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. She doesn’t speak and functions at a preschool level. Her mother, Beth Munro, feeds her […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

1965: The year that brought civil rights to the nation’s hospitals

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News In his new book, David Barton Smith takes us back to the mid-1960s, when a small band of civil rights activists-cum-government bureaucrats toiled to get the nascent Medicare program up and running. In the process, they profoundly changed the way health care is delivered in this country. It stands in […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ask Emily: Can I afford to keep my doctor?

Ask Emily: Can I afford to keep my doctor?

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News For most of my adult life, I’ve picked my health insurance based on one simple standard: Does my beloved primary care physician participate in the plan? I’m lucky. My generous job-based coverage has allowed me to make that choice without straining my finances. But that luck isn’t universal. Like […]

August 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
The costs of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

The costs of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

By Abe Aboraya Kaiser Health News Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to the Pulse nightclub for Latin night. At 2 a.m., he heard gunshots. Loud. He knew it was real. “And the minute he started shooting, I […]

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

Some seniors surprised to be automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor’s office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its network. Neither the plan nor […]

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
You will soon be able to get dental coverage through the health exchange

You will soon be able to get dental coverage through the health exchange

Starting this open enrollment, Washington Healthplanfinder will offer family dental plans. Customers can shop for 2017 dental plans starting Nov. 1, 2016. Who Can Enroll in Family Dental? Family dental plans can cover just adults, adults and children, or children only. Anyone who is eligible and enrolls in a Qualified Health Plan is eligible to enroll in […]

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

By Jenni Bengal Stateline Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly long-term care nursing homes. States have a huge stake in where aging seniors and disabled people end […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More