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Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Concerns about Medicare drug coverage are common: More seniors call the Medicare Rights Center’s national hotline (800-333-4114) about this topic each year than any other. Here is some essential information about the appeals process:

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Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Health officials in Minnesota are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children. Officials have identified 34 cases as of Wednesday, and they’re worried there will be more.

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Graduating? What’s the best health plan for you?

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Graduating? What’s the best health plan for you?

As graduation approaches for thousands of young adults this spring, sorting out your health insurance options may seem more daunting than any economics problem you came up against at school.

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Clock is ticking on GOP bill: 5 ways healthcare tug-of-war may play out

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Clock is ticking on GOP bill: 5 ways healthcare tug-of-war may play out

The House may pass its bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans’ pathway to fulfilling their seven-year effort to undo the federal health law is getting narrower by the day.

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Beware of Medicare fraud, Washington Insurance commissioner warns

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of Medicare fraud, Washington Insurance commissioner warns

Some scammers call beneficiaries claiming to be with Medicare and ask you to confirm your current Medicare number before you can get your new card. Others say there is a charge for the new card and are collecting beneficiaries’ personal information.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue challenges GOP plan to repeal pre-existing condition protections provided by Obamacare

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue challenges GOP plan to repeal pre-existing condition protections provided by Obamacare

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel choked up as he told how his son was born with a heart defect that would have prevented him from getting health insurance if it were not for the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, that forbid insurers from denying people insurance because they had a pre-existing condition.

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Trump’s vow to squeeze ‘sanctuary cities’ could play havoc with health programs

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s vow to squeeze ‘sanctuary cities’ could play havoc with health programs

The Trump administration’s tough stance on immigration has some local health department officials worried it could spur cuts in federal funding and complicate a wide variety of programs, from efforts to battle the opioid epidemic to domestic violence initiatives.

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Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Andrew has never had a clear diagnosis. He and his family are in a torturous state of suspense, hanging their hopes on every new exam and evaluation. Recently, they have sought help from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, a federally funded coalition of universities, clinicians, hospitals and researchers dedicated to solving the nation’s toughest medical mysteries.

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What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa.

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Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria

Cutting funding for UN health programs not only hurts communities abroad, it puts the health of Americans at risk as well. We need a fully funded U.N. so it can carry out its vital work in coordinating the response to pandemics,

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