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Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged

While health savings accounts can be good for people of a certain income level,they do little for the needs of the poor, who not only stand to gain very little from the tax advantages but who also are unlikely to have thousands of dollars to contribute to such plans.

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Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

July 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill

The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options.

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Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too

Hospitals in sparsely populated areas, particularly in states that did not opt to expand the Medicaid program, have been cutting back services like maternity care or closing altogether in recent years. These are the same parts of the country that voted for President Donald Trump by large margins.

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Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate Republican leaders Thursday released their revised bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but they acknowledged that furious days of negotiation have not yet secured the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure over unanimous Democratic objections.

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‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing homes move into the insurance business

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

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Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

The controversial practice of ‘double booking’ has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

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Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

In the past four months, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Utah and Washington have enacted laws declaring students may use sunscreen in school and at after-school activities, no doctor’s note required.

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Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.

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Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

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