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Health savings accounts reward wealthier consumers most

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health savings accounts reward wealthier consumers most

HSA Balances Climb But Benefits Reward Wealthier Consumers Most By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News President-elect Donald Trump has proposed expanding health savings accounts as an alternative to the health law. More than 20 million people now have high-deductible health plans that can link to the tax-advantaged accounts, and the average account balance grew by […]

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Congress Passes Environmental Health Laws After States Force Its Hand

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Congress Passes Environmental Health Laws After States Force Its Hand

By Sarah Breitenbach Stateline For much of the last two years, Democratic state Sen. David Zuckerman of Vermont thought he was victorious. For more than a decade, the organic farmer had tried to force companies that sell food in his state to label products that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs). His legislative colleagues finally agreed […]

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Affordable Care Act 101 Webinar for Small Businesses

December 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Affordable Care Act 101 Webinar for Small Businesses

From the SHOP Marketplace Team at Healthcare.gov If you’re considering offering health insurance to your employees and want to learn more about providing quality, affordable health coverage, we invite you to join the Small Business Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services for the Affordable Care Act 101 webinar series. You’ll find all […]

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Healthy, affordable food hacks for holidays — and beyond

December 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Healthy, affordable food hacks for holidays — and beyond

Public health studies show access to fruits and vegetables, nourishing recipes, nutritional nudges help us eat better for less Welcome to eating season. The unofficial food Olympics — with Thanksgiving serving as opening ceremony and New Year’s Eve as closing bell — marks a national stretch of belly-busting indulgence, when healthy bites seem to surrender […]

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Push-ups in the park: Cal State students lead outdoor exercise in low-income areas

December 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Push-ups in the park: Cal State students lead outdoor exercise in low-income areas

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News SAN FERNANDO, Calif., — It’s early on a Wednesday morning and this city’s Recreation Park is bustling with dozens of people doing sprints, leg lifts and squats as enthusiastic students from California State University, Northridge cheer them on. “Everyone excited?” 19-year-old Celeste Alcala asked as her group lifted exercise […]

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Some GOP voters skittish on full Obamacare repeal, poll finds

December 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Some GOP voters skittish on full Obamacare repeal, poll finds

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News With their party gaining control of both the White House and Congress, some Republican voters are growing hesitant about outright abolition of the Affordable Care Act and instead favoring a more circumspect approach of scaling it back, according to a poll released Thursday. Republican opposition to the ACA remains […]

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Lax ambulance rules put paramedics and patients at risk

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lax ambulance rules put paramedics and patients at risk

By Jenni Bergal Stateline When an ambulance driver using her phone’s GPS got distracted and crashed through a guardrail, rolling off an embankment in north-central Ohio in August 2014, the consequences were dire: A 56-year-old patient was ejected and killed, and an EMS worker was injured. The emergency medical service worker was not strapped in, […]

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Tighter prescribing rules: An anti-abuse strategy that could hurt patients in pain

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tighter prescribing rules: An anti-abuse strategy that could hurt patients in pain

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As rates of prescription painkiller abuse remain stubbornly high, a number of states are attempting to cut off the supply at its source by making it harder for doctors to prescribe the addictive pills to Medicaid patients. Recommendations on how to make these restrictions and requirements were detailed in […]

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Case of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in Spokane County

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Case of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in Spokane County

No connection yet found with cases in Western Washington Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is reporting that a Spokane County child, a male under the age of 10, has acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The diagnosis was confirmed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only organization equipped to rule in or rule out […]

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Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid has red state policy chops

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid has red state policy chops

By Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump tapped Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and has a […]

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