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Are copay coupons making drugs more expensive?

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Are copay coupons making drugs more expensive?

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica, June 30, 2016 A few months back, after returning from a family vacation that involved lots of pool time, my 9-year-old son complained that his ear hurt. A Sunday morning trip to urgent care brought a diagnosis of swimmer’s ear 2014 an infection of the outer ear canal 2014 and a […]

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Most Americans want more federal money to stop Zika: poll

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Most Americans want more federal money to stop Zika: poll

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News A large majority of Americans want the federal government to increase funding to prevent Zika’s spread in the U.S. and also help women at risk in affected areas get access to abortion, contraception and family planning services, according to a poll released Thursday. The virus, which has reached epidemic […]

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First confirmed case of Zika virus in Snohomish County

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
First confirmed case of Zika virus in Snohomish County

Adult Male Exposed to Virus During Travel in the Caribbean From Snohomish County Department of Health A Snohomish County male in his 30’s has tested positive for the Zika virus according to results released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He had recently traveled to the Caribbean, one of the areas known […]

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FDA wants to know if hand sanitizers actually work | AP

June 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
FDA wants to know if hand sanitizers actually work | AP

Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim – and whether there are any health risks to their growing use Source: News from The Associated Press

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Divided Supreme Court rejects family pharmacy’s religious claim | Reuters

June 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Divided Supreme Court rejects family pharmacy’s religious claim | Reuters

Washington state permits a religiously objecting individual pharmacist to deny medicine, as long as another pharmacist working at the location provides timely delivery. The rules require a pharmacy to deliver all medicine, even if the owner objects. Source: Divided Supreme Court rejects family pharmacy’s religious claim | Reuters

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Supreme Court decision means Washington pharmacists must fill prescriptions regardless of religion – Puget Sound Business Journal

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision means Washington pharmacists must fill prescriptions regardless of religion – Puget Sound Business Journal

Washington state pharmacists who want the right to refuse to fill prescriptions based on their religious beliefs were denied Tuesday – after nearly a decade of battling it out in the courts. The United States Supreme Court chose not take the case challenging Washington state rules adopted in 2007 that ensured patients would have timely […]

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Game Changer: The best analysis of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Game Changer: The best analysis of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision

By Nina Martin ProPublica. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was an unexpectedly sweeping victory for reproductive rights advocates — a “game changer,” said Nancy Northrop of the Center for Reproductive Rights that “leaves the right to an abortion on much stronger footing than it stood on before this decision was […]

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In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

By Christine Vestal Stateline For governors and lawmakers in nearly every state, the soaring overdose death toll from prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl has become an urgent priority. Lawmakers in dozens of states took decisive action this year to stanch the flow of prescription pain drugs and help those addicted to them. Roughly 2.5 millionAmericans are […]

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

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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Florida cracks down on troubled for-profit facility for the disabled

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Florida cracks down on troubled for-profit facility for the disabled

By Heather Vogell ProPublica, June 24, 2016 After years of tepid action, Florida officials are moving to intensify monitoring and remove residents from a sprawling complex for the disabled that has a long history of abuse and neglect. The state is taking the unusual step of stationing an investigator at the Carlton Palms Educational Center […]

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