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Senate bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support

Senate bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support

The bill would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Winners and Losers: 40 is old in Senate GOP health plan’s subsidy structure

Winners and Losers: 40 is old in Senate GOP health plan’s subsidy structure

About 85% of the nearly 10 million consumers who enrolled in coverage last year through federal and state marketplaces received financial assistance. Under the Senate plan, some could pay less in premium costs, but many, particularly older Americans, could see their share of payments go up. And let’s be clear — you’re old at about 40.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow in Senate bill

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely.

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

Vimovo was created using two readily and cheaply available generic, or over-the-counter, medicines: naproxen, also known by the brand Aleve, and esomeprazole magnesium, also known as Nexium.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

University of Washington officials have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

There are now more adults than kids living with congenital heart diseases, and medical training lags behind. Young adults who can’t find suitable doctors may drop out of care, and their conditions may worsen.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Complete Eats’ program helps SNAP/EBT enrollees buy vegetables and fruit

‘Complete Eats’ program helps SNAP/EBT enrollees buy vegetables and fruit

If you or your family uses SNAP/Basic Food/EBT, you can earn extra savings when you buy fruits and vegetables at any Safeway store in Washington.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

After a pioneering practice in Seattle shut its doors earlier this month, some question whether “direct primary care,” as it’s called, can succeed.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bodybuilding products can be risky, FDA warns

Bodybuilding products can be risky, FDA warns

Bodybuilding products that contain steroids or steroid-like substances are associated with potentially serious health risks, including life-threatening reactions such as kidney damage, heart attack, and stroke.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Ear to the door: 5 things being weighed in secret health bill also weigh it down

Although specifics of the GOP health bill, to the extent there are any, have largely stayed secret, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear. Anything can happen, but here’s what we know so far:

June 19, 2017 | By | Reply More