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Single-payer health care bill introduced in California senate

February 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Single-payer health care bill introduced in California senate

By Anna Gorman CaliforniaHealthLine Legislation introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past. The bill, which is a preliminary step, says that it is the “intent of the Legislature” […]

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Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms

February 18, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms

By Hilary N. Karasz Public Health – Seattle & King County There have been 196 cases of mumps reported in King County since the beginning of the outbreak in late November, with the vast majority of cases in the Auburn area. The number of mumps cases across the state has risen to 469 cases in ten counties. This week, a […]

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New rules try to shore up individual health insurance market in 2018

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
New rules try to shore up individual health insurance market in 2018

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News While Congress continues to struggle with how to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration today unveiled its first regulation aimed at keeping insurers participating in the individual market in 2018. “These are initial steps in advance of a broader effort to reverse the harmful effects […]

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Treatment gaps persist between low- and high-income workers, even with insurance

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Treatment gaps persist between low- and high-income workers, even with insurance

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Low-wage workers with job-based health insurance were significantly more likely than their higher-income colleagues to wind up in the emergency department or be admitted to the hospital, in particular for conditions that with good primary care shouldn’t result in hospitalization, a new study found. At the same time, low-wage […]

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Right-to-die fight hits national stage

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Right-to-die fight hits national stage

By Melissa Bailey Kaiser Health News Opponents of aid-in-dying laws are claiming a small victory. They won the attention of Congress this week in their battle to stop a growing movement that allows terminally ill patients to get doctors’ prescriptions to end their lives. The Republican-led effort on Capitol Hill to overturn the District of Columbia’s […]

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Unpaid bills & charity care dropped by nearly half at Michigan hospitals soon after Medicaid expanded

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Unpaid bills & charity care dropped by nearly half at Michigan hospitals soon after Medicaid expanded

From Michigan Medicine ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For decades, hospitals across Michigan have written off the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of healthcare every year, after caring for people who didn’t have health insurance. The cost, from unpaid bills and charity care, weighs on the finances of institutions that serve all Michiganders. But […]

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ACA repeal could mean return to ‘high risk pools’

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
ACA repeal could mean return to ‘high risk pools’

By Michael Ollove Stateline Before the Affordable Care Act, 35 states plus Washington, D.C., had “high-risk health insurance pools” for people with serious and expensive health conditions. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have proposed bringing them back. By the time Lance Rice was 4 years old, in the mid-1990s, treating his hemophilia and hepatitis […]

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5 reasons why an $89,000 drug has Congress fuming

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 reasons why an $89,000 drug has Congress fuming

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News The latest flashpoint in the ongoing debate over high drug prices is Emflaza, an $89,000-a-year drug that treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy. People who have been watching the drug price issue closely, however, can reasonably ask why there is so much heat at that price tag? […]

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How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Which doctor a person happens to see at a local emergency room can have long-term consequences when it comes to opioid use. Within the same hospital, some doctors are three times more likely to prescribe an opioid than other doctors, and patients treated by high-prescribing doctors are more likely […]

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Danish ask nations in sunny climes to help protect fair-skinned Danes from the sun

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Danish ask nations in sunny climes to help protect fair-skinned Danes from the sun

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