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The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The House health plan: Here’s how the numbers don’t add up for the poor

Viewpoint: By Megan Foster Friedman, Health Policy Analyst University of Michigan, Anne Arbor, Michigan House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called this bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that […]

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As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow

By Christine Vestal Stateline DENVER — At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta. Students sign up to visit Ingram during breaks in classes to talk about family and social troubles while they […]

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Kaiser doctors take pains to slash opioid prescriptions

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Kaiser doctors take pains to slash opioid prescriptions

By Sam Quinones Kaiser Health News On a summer afternoon in 2009, eight Kaiser Permanente doctors met in Pasadena to review the HMO’s most prescribed drugs in Southern California. Sun blasted through the windows and the room had no air conditioning, but what unsettled the doctors most were the slides a pharmacist was presenting. “We were […]

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Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

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Hospitals now must tell Medicare patients when care is ‘observation’ only

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for […]

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Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

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Say what? Fact-checking the chatter around the GOP health bill

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans are in a hurry to get their “repeal and replace” health care bill to the House floor. In just the week since it was introduced, two committees have approved the “American Health Care Act,” and a floor vote is planned before month’s end. But in the rush to legislate, some […]

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Q&A: How often do we need to go to the gym? (And other exercise questions answered)

March 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A: How often do we need to go to the gym? (And other exercise questions answered)

By James Brown, Lecturer in Biology and Biomedical Science Aston University, Birmingham, England. If you started 2017 with a resolution to lose weight or get fit then you may have found that you need some extra help and motivation by now. In fact, 80% of people who join the gym in the new year will quit by […]

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About one in four behind on their payments for medical bills

March 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
About one in four behind on their payments for medical bills

Nearly one-quarter (23.8 percent) of US adults, aged 18-64, reported they were behind on paying their medical bills in 2015, with the highest prevalence found in the South, according to a study by the non-profit Urban Institute. The share of adults who reported past-due medical debt varies substantially across states, ranging from 5.9 percent in Hawaii […]

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Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

By Charles Redwood, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry University of Oxford, Oxford, England An Oxfordshire coroner recently announced that George Michael died of natural causes. The post-mortem examination revealed that the singer suffered from a number of health problems, including dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle. Up to half of […]

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More than one in three US Women have at least unplanned birth, survey

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More than one in three US Women have at least unplanned birth, survey

By Michael Ollove Stateline More than a third of women of reproductive age say they have had at least one unplanned birth and more than half say that an unplanned birth would negatively impact their lives in multiple ways, according to a new survey. The findings, reported Thursday by the Urban Institute, a public policy research […]

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To save on drug costs, insurer wants to steer you to ‘preferred’ pharmacies.

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To save on drug costs, insurer wants to steer you to ‘preferred’ pharmacies.

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News One of California’s largest insurers has proposed a change in the benefits of commercial plans next year that would require consumers to pay more for drugs at pharmacies outside an established network. Blue Shield of California wants to create “a tiered pharmacy network” in its 2018 small- and large-group plans, […]

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