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Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

By Richard Harris, NPR News Kaiser Health News The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive. Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught […]

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If Republicans repeal health law, how will they pay for replacement?

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
If Republicans repeal health law, how will they pay for replacement?

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits. Republicans will seek to ensure that “no one is worse off,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview with a […]

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What Obamacare repeal could mean for Washington state

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
What Obamacare repeal could mean for Washington state

Families USA, an advocacy group that has supported the Affordable Care Act, has estimated what impact full repeal of the health reform law without replacement could have on each state. Here is its estimate for Washington state: 775,000 Washingtonians stand to lose their health coverage. Washington stands to lose $43 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP, and financial […]

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Street Hustle: The truth behind the ‘new’ police tool for confronting Fentanyl menace

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Street Hustle: The truth behind the ‘new’ police tool for confronting Fentanyl menace

By Ryan Gabrielson ProPublica Heroin overdoses killed thousands nationwide last year — some 75 over just three days in Chicago. The central culprit in many of the fatalities was fentanyl, a lethally powerful compound often added to drugs sold on the street. As a result, health officials have called fentanyl a new public menace, and […]

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In opioid epidemic, resistance to medication costs lives

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, resistance to medication costs lives

By Christine Vestal Stateline Dr. Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was 19. As medical director of Minnesota’s fabled Hazelden clinic, he watched it work for patients. He […]

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Mumps cases spike, raising questions about need for vaccine boosters

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mumps cases spike, raising questions about need for vaccine boosters

By Rebecca Smith, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Caroline Brown, a sophomore at the University of Missouri, got a fever over Thanksgiving break. Soon it became painful to bite down, and her cheek began to swell. A trip to her physician confirmed it — Caroline had the mumps. “Mumps kind of sounds like […]

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Mumps spreading across Washington state, health officials warn

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mumps spreading across Washington state, health officials warn

From Washington Department of Health Mumps Outbreak Alert Español WARNING – Mumps is a contagious disease spreading now in Washington State. Mumps has spread and health officials urge immunization. The Washington State Department of Health reminds people across the state to take precautions to help stop the spread of mumps. It’s especially important for you to take […]

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US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties. The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, […]

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Alleged scheme to fix generic drug prices started at dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alleged scheme to fix generic drug prices started at dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

By Liz Szabo and JoNel Aleccia and Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Kaiser Health News The high prices Americans pay for generic drugs may have been cooked up by pharmaceutical salespeople on golf courses, at a New Jersey steakhouse or over martinis at a “Girls Nights Out” in Minnesota. Details emerging from an ongoing investigation […]

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Number of mumps cases in King County reaches 93

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Number of mumps cases in King County reaches 93

Public Health – Seattle & King County reports that as of Tuesday, 20 December, 93 cases of mumps have been reported in King County. Most have been in children and teens 17-years-old and younger. Most were up-to-date on their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Seventy-six of the cases live in Auburn, 3 in Federal Way, 3 in […]

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