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In towns that lost most Obamacare insurers, rate increases still competitive

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In towns that lost most Obamacare insurers, rate increases still competitive

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News COLUMBIA, S.C. — People in this city had their pick of four health insurers last year when they shopped for policies during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment. This time they have just one: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which had the most Obamacare consumers in Richland […]

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Keeping lonely seniors company can help keep them healthy

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Keeping lonely seniors company can help keep them healthy

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Emil Girardi moved to San Francisco on New Year’s Eve in 1960. He loved everything about the city: the energy, the people, the hills. And of course, the bars, where he mixed drinks for most of his adult life. About 10 years ago, the 83-year-old New York native had […]

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Telemedicine in schools helps keep kids in the classroom

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine in schools helps keep kids in the classroom

By Michael Ollove Stateline ELKRIDGE, Md. — In late November, on the first cold morning of the season, a second-grader at Ducketts Lane Elementary School had trouble breathing during recess. When the school nurse, Veronica DeSimone, examined the girl, she heard wheezing in her chest and noted her low oxygen levels. DeSimone determined that the […]

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Vowing to jettison Obamacare, Republicans face immediate resistance and risks

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Vowing to jettison Obamacare, Republicans face immediate resistance and risks

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The 115th Congress started work Tuesday with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate in agreement on their top priority — to repeal and replace the 2010 health law, the Affordable Care Act. “The Obamacare experience has proven it’s a failure,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters […]

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New rules offer nursing home residents more control of their care

January 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
New rules offer nursing home residents more control of their care

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News About 1.4 million residents of nursing homes across the country now can be more involved in their care under the most wide-ranging revision of federal rules for such facilities in 25 years. The changes reflect a shift toward more “person-centered care,” including requirements for speedy care plans, more flexibility and […]

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King County flu cases spike

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
King County flu cases spike

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County Influenza is hitting hard in King County. We caught up with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, to get his take on the flu season so far. What kind of levels of flu are you seeing in King County […]

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January is radon action month

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
January is radon action month

The Washington State Department of Health urges Washingtonians to learn about the risk of radon exposure, a leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Radon Radon is the single largest source of radiation for almost everyone in Washington. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and […]

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A dying man’s wish to save others hits hospital ethics hurdle

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
A dying man’s wish to save others hits hospital ethics hurdle

By Karen Shakerdge, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News At 44 years old, Dave Adox was facing the end of his two year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He needed a ventilator to breathe and couldn’t move any part of his body, except his eyes. Once he started to struggle […]

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For some patients in marketplace plans, access to cancer centers is elusive

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
For some patients in marketplace plans, access to cancer centers is elusive

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Getting cancer is scary. Discovering that your marketplace plan doesn’t give you access to leading cancer centers may make the diagnosis even more daunting. As insurers’ shrink their provider networks and slash the number of plans that offer out-of-network coverage, some consumers are learning that their treatment options can […]

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California project targets health needs of homeless, ex-prisoners and those with complex, chronic disease

January 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
California project targets health needs of homeless, ex-prisoners and those with complex, chronic disease

California Hopes $3 Billion Experiment Will Improve Health Of Neediest By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Riverside County plans to connect former inmates with health clinics and social services. Orange County hopes to get homeless residents into housing — and help them stay there. Placer County is opening a respite center where homeless patients can go […]

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