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President Obama's "Health Care W-2" 3.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In 1943, the government began requiring that employers track and report on employee compensation. The resulting W-2 is now part of an annual ritual. Each January, employers pull together an array of information to generate a W-2 for each employee who worked for them at any point during the year before. The form is then required by the IRS to be mailed out no later than January 31, so the employee can file his or her taxes. This year, health care reform has created a new, more daunting form that employers with more than 50 full-time employees must compile for their employees -- Form 1095-C . Similar to the W-2, employers must mail this new form out to employees by January 31 so that they can complete their taxes. Millions of Americans will receive this for the first time this upcoming January. While the W-2's main purpose is to communicate pay information to the IRS, the 1095-C's function is to communicate health insurance information. Historically, employers have never had to keep up with this kind of ...
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Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests 3.9.2015 Health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care.
Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too 3.9.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.
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STEM-student scholarship fund gets $21M, plus state match 2.9.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A state scholarship fund that aids students majoring in tech and health-care fields has gotten a $21 million private donation.
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Jamycheal Mitchell: Mentally Ill, Criminalized, and Killed by the System 2.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Stories like the one of Jamycheal Mitchell, the 24-year-old young man who was found dead in his jail cell on August 19, are particularly hard to hear. What the police ruled "natural causes" turned out to be that he starved to death. The crime? Shoplifting. Mitchell, who had a severe mental illness had been ruled permanently disabled and was unable to work. In April, he stole a zebra cake, a Snickers, and Mountain Dew from a local 7-11 in Portsmouth, Virginia. It would be a month before he ever went before a judge. A judge then ruled him incompetent to stand trial. He should have been transported to a local mental health facility, but he wasn't. Apparently there wasn't one that had room for him. Three months later, the 6'3" 180lbs Mitchell was found dead in his cell. No meds had ever been administered. He had never made it to a mental health facility. He had lost nearly 80 pounds from refusal to eat . All for less than $5 worth of snacks he stole while in a mental health crisis. There are more than ...
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CU doctor worried mental health hold would "inflame" theater gunman 2.9.2015 Denver Post: Local
One month before the Aurora movie theater shooting, the gunman's psychiatrist told a police officer that it was "on the borderline" whether her patient should be placed on a mental health ...
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​Salesforce steps up industry focus, launches Health Cloud 2.9.2015 Yahoo: Business

​Salesforce steps up industry focus, launches Health CloudSalesforce is aiming to hook into the electronic medical record market to be a front end for patient data.


Opinion: Ebola research shows value of vaccines 2.9.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Clinical science is catching up with the West African Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 11,000 people since last year in countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Ebola survivor back in Liberia 2.9.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Penn Health System posts a 9.8% revenue gain for fiscal 2015 2.9.2015 Philly.com News
The University of Pennsylvania Health System, already the Philadelphia region's largest, posted the biggest percentage gain in revenue among the area's Pennsylvania hospital systems that have reported preliminary financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30.
Southwest Colo. lags in health coverage 2.9.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – La Plata and surrounding counties lag the rest of the state in closing the uninsured health gap, according to a new report released Tuesday.The Colorado Health Access Survey, which was administered by the Colorado Health Institute, an organization that compiles data on health issues, highlighted Southwest...
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Medicaid enrollment surges, Northwest Colorado uninsured rates drop but still high, survey shows 2.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The numbers are in: the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced uninsured rates in Colorado since pre-ACA levels in 2013, including in Northwest Colorado. Data from the Colorado Health Access Survey, released Tuesday, revealed that the uninsured rate in Health Statistics Region 11 — including Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties — was cut nearly in half in the two-year period. However, the Northwest Colorado region still leads the state with the highest uninsured rate at 13 percent in 2015, compared to 24.8 percent in 2013. “In the northwest part of the state, uninsured rates are stubbornly high and have been that way for a while,” said Michele Lueck, president of Colorado Health Institute, the organization that conducts the CHAS survey every two years. Nonetheless, the drop equates to nearly 9,300 people signing up for health insurance in the past two years, something that Lisa Brown, chief executive officer of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, counts as ...
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Republicans Like Obama's Ideas Better When They Think They're Donald Trump's 2.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Figuring out what the public really thinks isn't always an exact science, as anyone who's seen two polls touting completely contradictory results can affirm. One reason for that: most Americans, regardless of their political views, don't have a solid opinion about every single issue of the day, particularly when it concerns a complicated or obscure topic. People tend, reasonably, to rely on partisan cues -- if a politician they support is in favor of a bill, they're likely to think it's a good idea, or vice versa. As a classic case in point, Republicans are more likely to oppose repealing the 1975 Public Affairs Act -- which doesn't actually exist -- when they're told that President Barack Obama wants to do so, while Democrats object when they're told it's a Republican proposal.  But even when it comes to real issues, reactions to polls can vary greatly, depending on the wording. How much can namedropping a politician matter? Conveniently, Republican front-runner Donald Trump shares a couple of policy ...
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Texas Strives To Lure Mental Health Providers To Rural Counties 2.9.2015 NPR News
About 3 million people in Texas don't have a mental health provider in their county. A new loan repayment program may not be enough to lure them to the state's rural areas.
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On birth control, a U.S. judge issues the weirdest anti-Obamacare ruling yet 2.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
It was clear from the inception that the Supreme Court's 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling wouldn't end efforts to undermine the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her dissent to the decision allowing non-religious businesses to opt out of the mandate by asserting...
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Chelsea Clinton: The lurking threat to babies 2.9.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Approaching health law tax is not just a levy on luxury 2.9.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in ...
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Hundreds of kids tested after infection scare at Seattle Children’s 2.9.2015 Seattle Times: Local
More than 300 children have been tested for hepatitis and HIV in the wake of potential problems with improperly cleaned surgical tools at the Seattle Children’s Bellevue clinic.Two have posted what officials say are false positive test results.
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Cedars-Sinai buys Marina Del Rey Hospital amid consolidation wave 1.9.2015 LA Times: Business
Medical giant Cedars-Sinai Health System said Tuesday it has acquired nearby Marina Del Rey Hospital, adding to a flurry of similar healthcare deals.
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Psychiatric hospital for kids and adolescents to open in Brooklyn Park 1.9.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The new 50-bed hospital adds more than 20 percent to the state's child and adolescent psychiatric bed capacity.
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