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When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — To the tune of $5 billion

When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — To the tune of $5 billion

Carol Emanuele has open diabetic wound on the bottom of her foot that leaves her unable to walk and prone to deadly infection. Doctors at a Philadelphia clinic have prescribed a dizzying array of treatments: freeze-dried placenta, penis foreskin cells, high doses of pressurized oxygen. “I do everything, but nothing seems to work,” she says.

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

In April, Gundy’s child, who is on private insurance, began getting the drug Spinraza, which costs $750,000 for the initial year of treatment. Chaffin’s child — a Medicaid enrollee — was not receiving the drug, as his state regulators debated whether to offer it to children like him who use ventilators to breathe.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Middlemen who save $$ on medicines — but maybe not for you

Middlemen who save $$ on medicines — but maybe not for you

Pharmacy benefit managers — companies that are often unnoticed and even less understood by most consumers — hold an important place in the prescription drug-pricing pipeline. In this video, Kaiser Health News details the emergence of these multimillion-dollar corporations and the impact they have on medication costs and patients’ access to these treatments.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Five reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. When temperatures are very hot in King County, we see a rise in the number of hospitalizations, 911 calls, and, sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on hot days.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
A bipartisan health care fix? Governors have some ideas

A bipartisan health care fix? Governors have some ideas

The apparent demise of the Republican drive to scrap the Affordable Care Act may open the door to bipartisan fixes to the law. If it does, some of the proposals being touted by a bipartisan group of governors may get a hearing on Capitol Hill.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many still sidestep end-of-life care planning, study finds

Many still sidestep end-of-life care planning, study finds

Even though advance directives for end-of-life care have been promoted for nearly 50 years, only about a third of U.S. adults have them. People with chronic illnesses were only slightly more likely than healthy individuals to document their wishes.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets.

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
McCain votes no, derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ in marathon session

McCain votes no, derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ in marathon session

 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the dramatic and decisive “no” vote in the early morning hours that upended the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Seven years of Republican vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act came to a crashing halt Tuesday, when it became clear that the Senate could not muster the necessary votes for any of three separate proposals that have been under consideration. The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More