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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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Women Applaud Michelle Obama’s Decision To Share Her Trauma Of Miscarriage

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Women Applaud Michelle Obama’s Decision To Share Her Trauma Of Miscarriage Emmarie Huetteman Miscarriage is “lonely, painful, and demoralizing,” Michelle Obama writes in her new memoirs. Yet, by some estimates, it ends as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies before the 20-week mark. The former first lady’s disclosure that she and form...
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Childbirth In The Age Of Addiction: New Mom Worries About Maintaining Sobriety

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Childbirth In The Age Of Addiction: New Mom Worries About Maintaining Sobriety April Dembosky, KQED When she was in her early 20s, Nicole Veum says, she made a lot of mistakes. “I was really sad and I didn’t want to feel my feelings,” she said. “I turned to the most natural way I could find to cover that all up and I started...
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With Hospitalization Losing Favor, Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

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With Hospitalization Losing Favor, Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News When mental illness hijacks Margaret Rodgers’ mind, she acts out. Rodgers, 35, lives with depression and bipolar disorder. When left unchecked, the conditions drive the Alabama woman to excessive spending, crying and...
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An Underused Strategy For Surge In STDs: Treat Patients’ Partners Without A Doctor Visit

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An Underused Strategy For Surge In STDs: Treat Patients’ Partners Without A Doctor Visit Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News If patients return to Dr. Crystal Bowe soon after taking medication for a sexually transmitted infection, she usually knows the reason: Their partners have re-infected them. “While you tell people not to have sex unti...
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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regs

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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regs Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Since his days on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has promised to roll back environmental regulations, boost the use of coal and pull out of the Paris climate agreement — and he’s moving toward doing all those thin...
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Deadly Shootings Are Rising In U.S. After Steady Declines

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Deadly Shootings Are Rising In U.S. After Steady Declines Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News After steadily declining for more than two decades, deadly shootings are rising across the country, according to a new government report. The researchers also said that the number of suicides involving a firearm grew 21 percent between 2006 and 20...
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New Contractor For Food Stamps Upsets Cart For Farmers Markets

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New Contractor For Food Stamps Upsets Cart For Farmers Markets Michelle Andrews When the woman stopped by Phil Munson’s stall at a Rochester, N.Y., farmers market recently, he noticed a change. A regular customer, she browsed his Fisher Hill Farm vegetables as usual and selected a few to buy. But this time, instead of offering cash for her pr...
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Midterm Election Boosts Medicaid Expansion, But Challenges Remain

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Midterm Election Boosts Medicaid Expansion, But Challenges Remain Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Medicaid — which has been a political football between Washington and state capitols during the past decade — scored big in Tuesday’s election. Following the vote, nearly 500,000 uninsured adults in five states are poised to gain Me...
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