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How a shutdown might affect your health

How a shutdown might affect your health

A government shutdown would have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It could also disrupt some federally supported health services.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Unless Congress provides funding before the end of the year, many of the nation’s 9,800 community health clinics will face service cuts or closure — potentially crippling a vital part of the health system that provides care in poor and underserved communities across every state.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

Complaints about allegedly improper evictions and discharges from nursing homes are on the rise in California, Illinois and other states, according to government data. These concerns are echoed in lawsuits and by ombudsmen and consumer advocates.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

In Canada, medical insurance comes through a publicly funded plan. And, while covering everyone, Canada still spends far less on health care than the United States does: just over 10 percent of its GDP, compared with the United States’ 18 percent. To many American advocates, Canada’s health system sounds like the answer to the United States’ challenges.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

Why do people hate Obamacare, anyway?

A big part of why people don’t like the health law is that they don’t understand what it does or how it works. Some of that is because health care is complicated.

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

When buying prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it

Patrik Swanljung of Anacortes, Washingtonn handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug — generic Crestor — for $45.89.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health insurance exchange signups brisk

Health insurance exchange signups brisk

Nearly 18,000 new customers have used Washington Healthplanfinder to select 2018 health coverage through the first four weeks of open enrollment. The number of new customers who have signed up since Nov. 1 represents a 43 percent increase over the same period last year.

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fight fraud: Guard your Medicare card

Fight fraud: Guard your Medicare card

If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card just like you would a credit card.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More