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Hep C And Drug Abuse Often Go Hand In Hand, But Screening For Infection Lags

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Hep C And Drug Abuse Often Go Hand In Hand, But Screening For Infection Lags Michelle Andrews When people seek help at a drug treatment center for an opioid addiction, concerns about having contracted hepatitis C are generally low on their list. They’ve often reached a crisis point in their lives, said Marie Sutton, the CEO of Imagine Hope , ...
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After Her Skiing Accident, An Uphill Battle Over Snowballing Bills

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After Her Skiing Accident, An Uphill Battle Over Snowballing Bills Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Sarah Witter couldn’t get a break even though her leg had gotten several. As she lay on a ski trail in Vermont last February, Witter, now 63, knew she hadn’t suffered a regular fall because she could not get up. An X-ray showed she had frac...
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Assisted Living’s Breakneck Growth Leaves Patient Safety Behind

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Assisted Living’s Breakneck Growth Leaves Patient Safety Behind Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco They found Bonnie Walker’s body floating in a pond behind her assisted living facility in South Carolina. There were puncture wounds on her ear, her temple, her jaw and her cheeks. Her right forearm and her pacemaker w...
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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone Martha Bebinger, WBUR Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her applica...
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For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs

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For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent...
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One Implant, Two Prices. It Depends On Who’s Paying.

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One Implant, Two Prices. It Depends On Who’s Paying. Victoria Knight Kim Daniels didn’t have to pay a penny for her double mastectomy or the reconstructive surgery she had after treatment for breast cancer in June 2018. Her health insurance, PennCare, administered through Independence Blue Cross in Pennsylvania, fully covered both proce...
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Need Health Insurance? The Deadline Is Dec. 15

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Need Health Insurance? The Deadline Is Dec. 15 Michelle Andrews The woman arrived at the University of South Florida’s navigator office in Tampa a few weeks ago with a 40-page document describing a short-term health insurance plan she was considering. She was uncomfortable with what the broker had said about the coverage, she told Jodi Ray, a...
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Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

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Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco The cups of urine travel by express mail to the Comprehensive Pain Specialists lab in an industrial park in Brentwood, Tenn., not far from Nashville. Most days bring more than 700 o...
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Without Obamacare Penalty, Think It’ll Be Nice To Drop Your Plan? Better Think Twice

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Without Obamacare Penalty, Think It’ll Be Nice To Drop Your Plan? Better Think Twice Emily Bazar, Kaiser Health News Dana Farrell’s car insurance is due. So is her homeowner’s insurance — plus her property taxes. It’s also time to re-up her health coverage. But that’s where Farrell, a 54-year-old former social wo...
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In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms

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In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News For more than a decade, the latest Apple products have been the annual must-have holiday gift for the tech-savvy. That raises the question: Is the newest Apple Watch on your list — either to give or receive — this year? At ...
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Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital

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Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The federal government has taken a new step to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients by lowering a year’s worth of payments to nearly 11,000 nursing homes. It gave bonuses to nearly 4,000 others. These fin...
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Chronically Ill, Traumatically Billed: The $123,000 Medicine For MS

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Chronically Ill, Traumatically Billed: The $123,000 Medicine For MS Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News Shereese Hickson’s multiple sclerosis was flaring again. Spasms in her legs and other symptoms were getting worse. She could still walk and take care of her son six years after doctors diagnosed the disease, which attacks the central nervous sy...
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One Twin’s Difficult Birth Puts A Project Designed To Reduce C-Sections To The Test

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One Twin’s Difficult Birth Puts A Project Designed To Reduce C-Sections To The Test The tiny hand and forearm slipped out too early. Babies are not delivered shoulder first.  Dr. Terri Marino , an obstetrician in the Boston area who specializes in high-risk deliveries, tucked it back inside the boy’s mother. “He was trying to...
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Comprar planes de salud de corto plazo, ¿es inteligente o no?

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Comprar planes de salud de corto plazo, ¿es inteligente o no? Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Los partidarios de la ley de salud los condenan. Algunos estados, incluyendo California y Nueva York, los han prohibido. Otros estados los limitan. Pero para algunos agentes de seguros y para algunos consumidores, los planes de salud de corto plazo ...
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Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

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Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors Judith Graham When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, w...
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Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge

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Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped b...
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Ga. navigator aims to boost Obamacare coverage among states Hispanics

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Ga. navigator aims to boost Obamacare coverage among states Hispanics On a sunny, cold Sunday in November, Victoria Laverde walked up to an information table at Plaza Las Americas in Lilburn and asked for federal help in signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Its exactly what officials under the Trump administration hoped wo...
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Medicare Plans Offer More Health And Wellness Benefits for 2019

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Medicare Plans Offer More Health And Wellness Benefits for 2019 ( NewsUSA ) – Beginning next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover a broader array of health-related services that may help people with Medicare improve their health.Starting in January 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded th...
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Playing On Fear And Fun, Hospitals Follow Pharma In Direct-To-Consumer Advertising

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Playing On Fear And Fun, Hospitals Follow Pharma In Direct-To-Consumer Advertising Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News The scene is shadowy, and the background music foreboding. On the TV screen, a stream of beleaguered humans stand in an unending line. “If you’re waiting patiently for a liver transplant, it could cost you your life,&rdq...
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In Throes Of Turkey Salmonella Outbreak, Don’t Invite Illness To Your Table

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In Throes Of Turkey Salmonella Outbreak, Don’t Invite Illness To Your Table JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News As Americans prepare to cook and consume nearly 50 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, an ongoing outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to the poultry means food safety at home is more critical than ever.  Federal health offic...
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