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Indiana's Claims About Its Medicaid Experiment Don't All Check Out

49 min 56 sec ago

Indiana's health program for low-income people is experimental, and needs federal approval to continue. The state says its program is working, but some claims lack much-needed context.

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What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:35am

A lot of people are confused about when and if Republicans can "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner clears things up in the first of a series.

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Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:15pm

The activist campaigned to change rules, so that people with disabilities could get nursing care and other support at home past the age of 21, and get married without losing Medicaid benefits.

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Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:30am

There's no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms prevents deaths, yet the heart tests have become widespread despite the false alarms they often cause.

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GOP Considers Trimming Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:04am

The woman set to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. Other services could be cut entirely.

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Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Leaves Community Health Centers In Limbo

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:33am

These clinics have long provided health care to low-income patients and enjoyed expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With repeal looming, the centers' doctors worry about what's next.

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Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients They Were Anemic

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:21pm

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.

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Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:00am

There are many challenges to farming: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored: health care costs.

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GOP Leaders Urge Return To 'High-Risk Insurance Pools' That Critics Call Costly

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:43am

Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.

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Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.

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Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:57pm

Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.

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Shorter Enrollment Period For Obamacare Proposed By Administration

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:01pm

The White House is proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the insurance market as Congress moves to repeal and replace the sweeping health care law.

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Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:35pm

Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.

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The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:00am

Even many people eligible for a health savings account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.

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Congress Moves To Overturn D.C. 'Death With Dignity Law'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:15pm

The D.C. law gives District physicians the right to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live.

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Duchenne Drug Delayed After Outrage Over Price

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:15pm

Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.

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Aetna And Humana Call Off Merger After Court Decision

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:41am

The two healthcare giants said they were no longer pursuing the deal. A federal judge blocked the merger in January, citing its likely adverse effect on competition in the health insurance market.

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Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:00am

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.

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Malnutrition Is Killing Nigeria's Children Because Of Food Shortage

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:09pm

International groups warn of a looming food crisis in parts of Nigeria due to civil conflict. Children are the most vulnerable in these conditions, but up to 9 million people could be affected.

Obamacare And Affordable Care Act Are The Same, But Americans Still Don't Know That

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:09pm

Morning Consult Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp talks about a recent survey which shows one third of respondents are still confused about the Affordable Care Act and what repealing it would mean.