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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

11 hours 29 min ago

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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When Home And Health Are Just Out Of Reach

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:25pm

Health insurance doesn't pay for housing, but sometimes that is what a patient needs most. A Medicaid experiment helps some elderly and disabled people move out of institutions into their own homes.

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Would You Like Health Insurance With Those Stocking Stuffers?

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 1:35pm

While shoppers rush to the mall to pick up the last neckties and Transformers for Christmas, health officials are trying to pitch them on an unconventional gift this holiday season: health insurance.

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Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25am

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:18am

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

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Can I Keep My Marketplace Insurance If I Enroll In Medicare?

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:29am

While you can keep your private plan after you join Medicare, it may not make much sense financially. For one thing, you'd be disqualified from receiving marketplace premium subsidies.

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Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:31pm

Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?

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To Patients With Heart Conditions, It's OK For Your Cardiologist To Take Time Off

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:22pm

A new study says that the mortality risk for patients with certain acute heart conditions was not negatively impacted if they are admitted to the hospital when a cardiologist isn't there. Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Anupam Jena about the study.

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A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 3:42am

There is no effective treatment for the rare genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, so two parents created a foundation to fund research. But they found there's no easy road to a cure.

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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:40am

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 4:40am

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:50am

Medicare will cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. Half of the nation's academic medical centers will be docked for making too many medical mistakes.

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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:02am

In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:30am

Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren't scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn't mean the threats go away. And most states aren't prepared for the next one.

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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:47pm

What are the odds that you'll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here's one way to look at it.

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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:30pm

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:04am

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:22am

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the benefit isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:28am

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?

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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:31pm

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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