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Without ACA guarantees, 52 million could have trouble getting insurance

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Without ACA guarantees, 52 million could have trouble getting insurance

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News More than 1 in 4 adults younger than 65 live with conditions that private insurers could have declined to cover in some policies prior to the Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The researchers noted that a large share of those individuals […]

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Marketplace enrollment still important despite plans to repeal health law

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Marketplace enrollment still important despite plans to repeal health law

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Since Republicans have plans to repeal the federal health law, should consumers still sign up for next year’s coverage? And if the health law marketplaces disappear, might Medicare eligibility be expanded? Here are answers to some recent questions from readers. . . . get cracking. It sounds like Republicans […]

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How disease rates vary by state — and what states can do about it

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
How disease rates vary by state — and what states can do about it

  By Michael Ollove Stateline By many measures, Hawaii is one of the healthiest states in the union. Yet only Mississippi has a higher rate of flu or pneumonia deaths than the Aloha State. West Virginia, which is usually among the bottom dwellers in state health rankings, is in the middle of the pack when it […]

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Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

By Taunya English, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dementia has been slowly stealing Ruth Perez’s memory and thinking ability for 20 years. Her daughter, Angela Bobo, recalled when it was clear that her mother was never going to be the same. “She would put food together that didn’t belong together — hamburger and fish in a pot. […]

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Price poised to protect doctors’ interests at HHS

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Price poised to protect doctors’ interests at HHS

By Christina Jewett and Marisa Taylor Kaiser Health News In picking Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services, Donald Trump has chosen an orthopedic surgeon who in his congressional career, has loyally promoted the interests of the medical profession — its freedom and importantly, its financial interests. A conservative representing Georgia’s 6th District, […]

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Which sports are best for health and long life?

December 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Which sports are best for health and long life?

By Zeljko Pedisic, Senior research fellow Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia Millions of people around the world, including nearly 60% of Americans, Australians and Europeans, participate in sports. A 2015 review found the available data on long-term health benefits of specific sport disciplines is limited, but a new study provides strong evidence participation in several common sports […]

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Environmentalists offer to help protect health care under Trump

December 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Environmentalists offer to help protect health care under Trump

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News Environmental groups are laser-focused in their crusade for cleaner air and water, on curbing climate change, and preventing toxins from contaminating communities. But as they prepare for the Trump administration and Republican control of Congress, many of them say they’re rethinking their strategies and building new alliances. For Sierra […]

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Five ways a new HHS secretary could quickly change health policy

December 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Five ways a new HHS secretary could quickly change health policy

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Prospective Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee, brings a distinctive to-do list to the agency.  And, if confirmed by the Senate, he will have tremendous independent power to get things done. While he will report to the president, heads of […]

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Number of mumps cases in King County rises to 54

December 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Number of mumps cases in King County rises to 54

From Public Health – Seattle & King County The number of mumps cases in King County has reached 54. Eleven cases have been confirmed. Forty-three are probable. The remaining cases are under investigation. Thirty-eight of the cases are in children age 17 and younger and most were reported to be up-to-date on the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. […]

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GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and Risk for Esophageal Cancer

December 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and Risk for Esophageal Cancer

By Donald E. Low, MD, FACS Contributing writer Ellensburg resident Kathleen (Kathi) Brunson is lucky and she knows it. Her good fortune – namely in the form of better health – is something she’s thankful for every day. The 75-year-old Japanese-American, who was a legal secretary in Ellensburg for almost 30 years, was diagnosed with […]

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