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Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

July 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Seven years of Republican vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act came to a crashing halt Tuesday, when it became clear that the Senate could not muster the necessary votes for any of three separate proposals that have been under consideration. The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.

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The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

Vibrio species are bacteria that occur naturally in marine waters, where oysters live and are harvested. Eating undercooked or raw shellfish, especially raw oysters in warm-weather months, is the main risk for acquiring vibriosis from infection with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

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“E-DUI” ticketing begins Sunday

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
“E-DUI” ticketing begins Sunday

Beginning July 23, it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held electronics while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices—cell phones, tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance company.

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Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

While health savings accounts can be good for people of a certain income level,they do little for the needs of the poor, who not only stand to gain very little from the tax advantages but who also are unlikely to have thousands of dollars to contribute to such plans.

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Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options.

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Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

Hospitals in sparsely populated areas, particularly in states that did not opt to expand the Medicaid program, have been cutting back services like maternity care or closing altogether in recent years. These are the same parts of the country that voted for President Donald Trump by large margins.

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Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate Republican leaders Thursday released their revised bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but they acknowledged that furious days of negotiation have not yet secured the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure over unanimous Democratic objections.

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‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing homes move into the insurance business

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

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Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

The controversial practice of ‘double booking’ has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

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