Recent Articles

New meth surge gathers momentum

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
New meth surge gathers momentum

By Christine Vestal Stateline An Oklahoma narcotics agent displays 20 pounds of Mexican crystal meth seized from a drug dealer. As federal, state and local health officials focus on the opioid epidemic, the supply and use of methamphetamine is surging in Oklahoma and other Western, Midwestern and Southern states. © Courtesy of the Oklahoma Bureau […]

Read More

Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Recent research has linked the proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease. The risk of chronic kidney disease is as much as 50 percent higher in people who’ve taken the drug compared with those who’ve not — although no causative link has been proven and manufacturers insist they are safe.

Read More

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

Read More

UnitedHealth doctored Medicare records, overbilled U.S. by $1 Billion, feds claim

May 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
UnitedHealth doctored Medicare records, overbilled U.S. by $1 Billion, feds claim

The Justice Department on Tuesday accused giant insurer UnitedHealth Group of overcharging the federal government by more than $1 billion through its Medicare Advantage plans. In a 79-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the Justice Department alleged that the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were in order to collect higher Medicare payments than it deserved.

Read More

Preexisting conditions and continuous coverage: Key elements of the GOP bill

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Preexisting conditions and continuous coverage: Key elements of the GOP bill

The GOP bill would still require insurers to offer coverage to everyone, including people who have preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or even cancer. But it would allow states to opt out of the federal health law’s prohibition against charging sick people more than healthy ones.

Read More

Women’s rights to health care guaranteed in Washington State

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women’s rights to health care guaranteed in Washington State

Under state law, health insurance companies must give female patients direct access to women’s health care providers and to allow them to self-refer to services, including maternity care, reproductive services and gynecological care.

Read More

Fearing deportation, parents worry about undocumented kids in California’s Medicaid program

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fearing deportation, parents worry about undocumented kids in California’s Medicaid program

In the current political climate, immigration and health advocates worry that children, like Luz’s son, will drop out of Medi-Cal and that new kids won’t enroll out of concern that personal information may be used to deport families.

Read More

Houston hospital checking to see if patients’ cupboards are bare

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Houston hospital checking to see if patients’ cupboards are bare

Sherry King lost her job last year and was having trouble finding money to purchase the food she needed to stay healthy. Her doctor’s office took note of her situation and helped connect her to several food banks that carry fresh produce and some meat.

Read More

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

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
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.

Read More

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
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.

Read More