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Health law’s 10 essential benefits: a look at what’s at risk in GOP overhaul

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health law’s 10 essential benefits: a look at what’s at risk in GOP overhaul

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the health law, many suggest shrinking the list of services insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility. That option came to the forefront last week when Seema Verma, who is slated to […]

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Docs in Northwest tweak aid-in-dying drugs to prevent prolonged deaths

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Docs in Northwest tweak aid-in-dying drugs to prevent prolonged deaths

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News Two years after an abrupt price hike for a lethal drug used by terminally ill patients to end their lives, doctors in the Northwest are once again rethinking aid-in-dying medications — this time because they’re taking too long to work. The concerned physicians say they’ve come up with yet another alternative […]

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Organoids – the future of medical research

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Organoids – the future of medical research

Perspective By Louise Thompson, PhD candidate in Molecular and Cellular Physiology University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. Most of the research behind new medical advances is carried out using either animal tissues or cancer cells. Both tools have their problems: results from animals and humans do not always match up and cancer cells grown for years in […]

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How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

By Ashwin Vasan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine Columbia University, New York City, NY In global public health, 2016 was a year defined by the end of two important emergencies: Ebola and Zika. But that doesn’t mean the risk either of these viruses pose has gone away. Zika transmission continues despite the World Health […]

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For California’s smallest businesses Obamacare opened the door

February 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
For California’s smallest businesses Obamacare opened the door

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News If Republicans in Congress scrap the Affordable Care Act, Carmina Bautista-Ortiz might have to go back to Mexico for health care. But she’d rather spend the time running the printing shop she and her husband own in Jurupa Valley, a city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. For […]

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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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