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Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

CBO: Killing cost-sharing subsidies would hike premiums and raise deficit

If President Donald Trump cuts federal cost-sharing subsidies, health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by an average of 20 percent next year and the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next decade

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

Combination vaccines mean kids need fewer injections overall. By adding several antigens (the part of the germ that stimulates the immune system) together in one vaccine, we can protect kids against up to six diseases in a few shots.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Medicaid matters to you

Why Medicaid matters to you

While many people may think of Medicaid as a government program that helps only the nation’s poor, that is not accurate. Medicaid helps pay for – and is indeed part of estate planning strategies for – nursing home care and other forms of long-term care.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insurers can bend out-of-network rules for patients who need specific doctors

Insurers can bend out-of-network rules for patients who need specific doctors

If you have a rare condition you can ask your plan to allow you to see an out-of-network specialist and treat her as if she were in network for cost-sharing purposes.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

Nationwide, slightly more than 1 percent of the more than 56 million Medicare beneficiaries have received advance-care planning talks, which focus on understanding and documenting treatment preferences for people nearing the end of their lives.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

Martinsville drugstores sell enough Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and other opioid painkillers to medicate every man, woman and child in the city for 136 days, nearly seven times the national average.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast.

August 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
More immigrant children in U.S. illegally to receive health care

More immigrant children in U.S. illegally to receive health care

Twenty-seven states allow immigrant children with legal residency to access Medicaid, and those states are entitled to matching federal Medicaid dollars. But the bigger need, advocates for immigrants say, is for children without legal residency, whose family incomes are often low enough to otherwise qualify them for Medicaid.

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Death rates for older adults with asthma are five times that of younger patients. As the prevalence of asthma climbs in people 65 and older, more seniors will grapple with its long-term impact.

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More