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Your Roommate In The Nursing Home Might Be A Bedbug

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:14am

If you're in a medical facility, bedbugs should not be on your worry list. But infestations of the bloodsucking insects in nursing homes and hospitals are on the rise.

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:46am

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

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Overnight Contacts Can Help Kids' Sight During Day, But Also Carry Risks

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:52am

Ophthalmologists and cornea specialists have raised concerns about the lenses, citing studies and their own experiences treating children and teens who developed eye infections after wearing them.

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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:58pm

Expensive versions of prescription opioids that are tougher to cut, crush and inject are less likely to be abused, legislators hope. But some doctors call the bill well-meant, but ill-advised.

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Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:40pm

Stephanie Packer's debilitating illnesses leave her in a lot of pain. But she is opposed to a California bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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Grassley To Justice Department: Crack Down On Medicare Advantage Overbilling

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:57am

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration pointed questions about what is being done to investigate alleged fraud, waste and abuse by Medicare Advantage plans.

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How Medicare Advantage Investors Profited From Loose Government Lips

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:54am

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a memo to insurers saying government audit policies could be relaxed, investors privy to the news pounced, sending shares upward.

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Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:52am

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.

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Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 8:19am

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the Americans who contracted Ebola last year, was invited back to his medical school to deliver the commencement address. NPR's Rachel Martin highlights some of his speech.

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Feds Tell Insurers To Pay For Anesthesia During Screening Colonoscopies

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:33am

Most people are anesthetized during colonoscopy. Federal law mandates that the cancer test itself must be fully covered by insurers, but quite a few of them didn't pay for anesthesia.

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Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:23pm

The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.

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Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:09am

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.

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Free Contraceptives Must Be Free, Obama Administration Tells Insurers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:06am

The notice to insurers comes after reports found many health plans weren't providing no-cost birth control for all prescription methods, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

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Free Contraceptives Must Be Free, Obama Administration Tells Insurers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:06am

The notice to insurers comes after reports found many health plans weren't providing no-cost birth control for all prescription methods, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

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State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:43am

Medicaid expansion was a big deal in a handful of state legislatures this year. Wyoming said no. Tennessee said no. But Montana said yes, and three more states are coming down to the wire.

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State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:43am

Medicaid expansion was a big deal in a handful of state legislatures this year. Wyoming said no. Tennessee said no. But Montana said yes, and three more states are coming down to the wire.

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Family Doctors Who Do More, Save More

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:04pm

A study suggests that coordinated care, led by a family doctor who is judicious about referring patients to specialists, leads to cost savings.

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Family Doctors Who Do More, Save More

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:04pm

A study suggests that coordinated care, led by a family doctor who is judicious about referring patients to specialists, leads to cost savings.

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Tales From 3 Louisianans Who Got Subsidized Health Insurance

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:42pm

About 90 percent of people in Louisiana who signed up for Obamacare got a subsidy. Some worry they won't be able to afford health insurance if the aid is overturned by the Supreme Court.

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Low, Middle Income Workers Most Vulnerable To Loss Of Obamacare Subsidies

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:42pm

The Supreme Court may soon rule Obamacare subsidies illegal in about three dozen states. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Linda Blumberg of the Urban Institute about the options those states would have.

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