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Bill will help motivate low-income women in Northwest Colorado to continue getting cancer screenings 25.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A bill just approved by the Colorado Legislature should help to motivate hundreds of low income women in Northwest Colorado to keep getting screened for breast and cervical cancer. House Bill 1045 will reauthorize and expand the state's Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program through 2019. Gisela Garrison, clinic director with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said without this expansion, some women without health insurance would likely forgo cancer screenings. “I have worked this program before and I've heard individual women say, 'Why should I even find out because if I have cancer, I will not have the money to treat it. I better not even find out,'” Garrison said. “As a primary provider of the (screenings), it is very important that we can promise to these women if we should diagnose you with cancer, you will almost automatically be enrolled in Medicaid so your cancer treatment will be financially covered and secured.” She called the funding for the breast and cervical cancer ...
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Colorado signs $117M contract with HP for new Medicaid claim system 25.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
HP Enterprise Services has signed a five year, $116.9 million contract with the state for 2016 implementation of a new Colorado Medicaid claim-payment system and for ongoing maintenance and enhancements, the Palo-Alto based company announced this ...
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Afghanistan shooting leaves Chicago doctor, two other Americans dead 25.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: World
From Chicago to Afghanistan, Dr. Jerry Umanos dedicated his service to poor children. The pediatrician was among three Americans killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday at a Kabul hospital. He was volunteering in Afghanistan to train young doctors, periodically returning to Chicago to work in a Christian clinic on the city's southwest side.
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Oregon moves to dump health exchange website 25.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.
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Obamacare Love And Trepidation As Told On The Websites Of Congressional Democrats 25.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Want to know how Democrats really feel about campaigning on Obamacare? Go to their websites. The pages touting lawmakers' reelection, or advertising the work they do in the House or Senate, often show how closely they want to associate themselves with the health care law. The Huffington Post undertook the task of looking at those pages for 186 House Democrats up for reelection (we didn't count those who've announced retirements), as well as 20 Democrats running for Senate (including three current House members and a few clear frontrunners who don't currently hold federal office). The results tell the story of a party still skeptical of the law's political benefits, but overwhelmingly committed to upholding President Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation. House Democrats are far more excited about Obamacare, with many members overstating the critical role they played in its passage. Senate Democrats seem more inclined to whitewash the entire bill from the public's memory -- the ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Southern States Have Mixed Feelings On ACA 25.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans in three red states would rather revise than repeal the ACA -- but health care question order may raise concerns about the survey's other results. Three new polls show a close Senate race in Colorado. And the New York Times explains why random sampling works. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, April 24, 2014. SOUTHERN STATES DISLIKE ACA, BUT DON'T SUPPORT REPEAL - Sabrina Tavernise and Allison Kopicki: "Despite strong dislike of President Obama’s handling of health care, a majority of people in three Southern states – Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina – would rather that Congress improve his signature health care law than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll also found that a majority of Kentucky residents – and a plurality in a fourth state, Arkansas — said they thought the health care marketplace in their state was working well, even as they expressed strong disapproval of the health care law. More than twice as many ...
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Oregon moves to dump health exchange website 25.4.2014 Health
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace ...
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Oregon moves to dump health exchange website 25.4.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.
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FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear 25.4.2014 Seattle Times: Health
Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first ever U.S.-approved alternative to the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer screening.
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Genetic-testing alternative to pap smear approved by FDA 25.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first U.S.-approved alternative to the pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer screening.
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Obama administration prepares to take over Oregon’s broken health insurance exchange 25.4.2014 Washington Post: Politics
The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to ...
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Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan 25.4.2014 Twincities.com: News
CHICAGO (AP) — An American pediatrician killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday at a Kabul hospital was dedicated to helping poor children, volunteering in Afghanistan to train young doctors and periodically returning to Chicago to work in a Christian clinic on the city's southwest side.
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Oregon Panel Recommends State Drop Troubled Health Exchange, Move To Federal System 25.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BY GOSIA WOZNIACKA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An advisory panel has recommended that Oregon drop its trouble-plagued online health exchange for private policies and have Oregonians shop for them instead on the federal online marketplace.

A top Cover Oregon official, Alex Pettit, said Thursday that fixing the existing system would be too costly at $78 million, would take too long, and would be too risky. He says switching to the federal system would cost $4 million to $6 million.

Oregon would continue using its current technology for Medicaid enrollments, but not for people who are buying private policies.

The recommendation comes more than six months after Oregon's online site was supposed to go live.

The full Cover Oregon board takes up the recommendation Friday.
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Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up 24.4.2014 AP Top News
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996....
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Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up 24.4.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.
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Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan 24.4.2014 AP National
CHICAGO (AP) -- One of the three American doctors killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday at a Kabul hospital was a pediatrician from Chicago, a family member said....
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Chicago health center confirms doctor killed in Afghanistan 24.4.2014 Health
A Chicago pediatrician was among those killed in an attack on a Kabul hospital funded by the U.S. Christian charity Cure International on Thursday, a clinic where the doctor worked in Chicago said. "For nearly a decade, Dr. Jerry Umanos volunteered in Afghanistan to train medical residents and to see pediatric patients," said Dr. Bruce Rowell, a medical director of clinical quality at Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center.
Hennepin County Commissioner election interview: Marion Greene 24.4.2014 MinnPost
Editor’s note: this is the final candidate profile for Hennepin County District 3 primary election Tuesday, April 29. Previously profiled: Ken Kelash , Anne Mavity and Ben Schweigert . The general election for the Minneapolis-St. Louis Park seat is Tuesday, May 13. Marion Greene spent her childhood years in India, Morocco, Brazil and Pakistan, following her parents as they moved with the U.S. Foreign Service. Her first job out of college was with Washington, D.C.’s Center for Science in the Public Interest, where she lead a project to establish nationwide standards for products labeled “organic.” She moved into the political arena as a New Mexico field worker for the Clinton-Gore campaign. She also worked as a Democratic caucus analyst in the New Mexico House of Representatives.  Greene moved to Minnesota in 1999 after completing an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate degree is from Swarthmore College (also Ben Schweigert’s alma mater). In 2010, she was elected to the Minnesota ...
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Chicago doctor among 3 Americans killed in Afghanistan 24.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A pediatrician who worked at a health clinic on the West Side was among three Americans killed Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, in the latest of a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in ...
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Afghan police officer kills 3 U.S. doctors 24.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul’s leading children's hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in ...
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