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Skimpy insurance seen by Democrats as next health care issue 25.5.2015 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's ...
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Obamacare exchanges help, but confused consumers are still spending too much 25.5.2015 Health
Commentary: consumers pleased with Obamacare coverage, but choices still daunting
Aspen-area poor having trouble with accessing health care 25.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
About 4,500 county residents in the Aspen area live at or below the federal poverty level, and Pitkin County health officials are trying to find options to help the area's low-income families receive the care they need because many doctors are not accepting public health insurance.
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A second opinion could save your life 25.5.2015 LA Times: Business
At age 29, Los Angeles resident Liza Bernstein was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.
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Health briefs: World No Tobacco Day is May 31 24.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
World No Tobacco Day recognizes the major public health threat posed by the tobacco epidemic. Worldwide, tobacco kills nearly six million people every year — up to half of people who currently use tobacco will die of lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, according to the World Health Organization. More than 600,000 tobacco-related deaths are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Children account for more than 25 percent of these deaths. Deaths from cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco products are the most preventable deaths in the United States. Counseling and other support helps a person address complex physical and emotional factors of nicotine addiction and can significantly improve a person’s chances of quitting for good. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling. To speak with a tobacco cessation counselor, call 970-871-7696. Personalized phone support and free nicotine patches are available through the Colorado QuitLine, ...
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Obamacare's Health Plan Choice Benefits Are Vastly Overrated 24.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective as measured by better health outcomes, are better able to restrain increases in costs and, therefore, have per-capita costs that are a fraction of ours. One of the reasons for the popularity of universal health care systems elsewhere in the developed world is that when everybody is in the same system, everybody has an incentive to make that program work. The people of those countries have a sense of ownership and responsibility for their common system. That contrasts sharply with the situation here in the U.S., where people primarily and often exclusively are concerned with their own little piece of the system, such as Medicare, the Veterans Affairs, their own employment-based or veteran’s insurance, plans purchased on the Obamacare exchanges, Medicaid and so on. Americans also are confused about who owns the system. Is it the government, their employer or ...
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Inmate who is 'eating the jail' costs Cook County $1 million in health care 24.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Lamont Cathey was a promising Chicago basketball prospect, a dominating 6-8 center who had the potential to play at a Division II college until he was arrested and charged in the theft of money from a pizzeria safe more than a year ...
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Colorado researchers fighting to get ahead of the next Ebola outbreak 24.5.2015 Denver Post: Business
ReEBOV may be one of the most important technologies developed by Corgenix Medical Corp. , but it's not a financial boon for the 25-year-old diagnostic test ...
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Despite Advances, the Trans Struggle for Justice Behind Bars is Just Beginning 23.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Why Obamacare Premiums Will Probably Rise More Quickly Next Year 23.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Premiums in the the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplaces rose more slowly in 2014 and 2015 than initial projections had suggested they would. Don't bet on the same thing happening in 2016. Insurers have already filed official proposals for next year's premiums and, in states where those filings are public, some large insurers are calling for substantial, double-digit increases over what they are charging this year. These preliminary filings can be wildly misleading, not least because they represent a fraction of the states. Similar filings generated some hysterical headlines right about this time last year. Months later, with data from all the states available, researchers realized that, while premiums had gone up for some insurers in some states, they had gone down in others. The overall trend was actually much better than it had been historically. In the aggregate, that translated into an extra break for consumers, who pay the premiums, and for the federal government, which subsidizes less affluent ...
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Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue 23.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's ...
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Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue 23.5.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections....
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Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care 23.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.
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Big data could solve big problems in health care 23.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Big data — the ever-growing stockpile of information available about nearly every facet of life — in digital health is a sector that venture capitalists are eager to back. “Every two days, we’ve generated as much information as from the start of time until 2003,” said William King, chief executive officer of Zephyr Health, a San Francisco health data company. Massachusetts’ Foundation Medicine has sequenced the genetic makeup of more than 43,000 cancer patients’ tumors, stored in a database. Stripping out confidential information, Foundation Medicine connects doctors who are treating the same type of cancer and mutation, allowing them to discuss which treatments worked or didn’t work in specific cases — even if the doctors are thousands of miles apart, he said. Data can also help pharmaceutical companies find specific patients for clinical trials, King said, helping new drugs to get on the market.
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Outgoing MNsure CEO, chairman on health exchange's future 22.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
MNsure survived the legislative session without major changes. Some Republicans wanted to scrap the state's health insurance exchange altogether and some Democrats wanted to make it a state agency.
Despite Advances, the Trans Struggle for Justice Behind Bars Is Just Beginning 22.5.2015 Truthout.com
Ashley Diamond's mother Diane, left, and one of her sisters, Diana Diamond-Wilson, upset by something Ashley is telling them during a rare phone call with her from prison, in Rome, Georgia, March 24, 2015. Trans women sent to male prisons are at high risk for sexual assault - one study found that 59 percent of trans women in California's male prisons had been sexually assaulted while incarcerated compared to 4 percent of the cisgender male population. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! For the past three years, Ashley Diamond has been denied health care as well as protection from recurring violence from the men around her. But she has been fighting back - and her fight has been making headlines and wresting small changes from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Her story starkly illustrates the challenges facing trans women behind bars - from frequent violence and sexual assaults to ...
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Jennifer DeCubellis: A ‘whole-person’ approach helps people stay healthier longer 22.5.2015 MinnPost
People are complicated, and helping them get — and stay — healthy requires support in all aspects of their lives. Jennifer DeCubellis, Minnesota Department of Human Services  assistant commissioner of community supports, knows this better than just about anyone. She came to the state from Hennepin County , where, as assistant county administrator for health, she headed Hennepin Health , a pilot program for high-risk, high-cost Medicaid patients. The program took what DeCubellis calls a “whole-person” approach to clients with a multidisciplinary care team that focused on supporting key elements of their lives — like housing, health care, transportation and employment — that contribute to overall health. In her role at DHS, which was created this year, DeCubellis has been charged with bringing disparate state divisions together to create new supports for Minnesotans, many who face addiction and mental health concerns. Her administration includes mental health services for children and adults, alcohol and ...
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CVS wagers billions on health care endeavor 22.5.2015 Philly.com News
CVS Health Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo is betting billions that nursing-home pharmacy operator Omnicare Inc. can further his efforts to transform the drugstore chain into a dominant health care player.
Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused 22.5.2015 NPR News
In veiled conversations, some doctors may explain to dying patients how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that no one can answer them.
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Why This US Doctor Is Moving to Canada 21.5.2015 Truthout.com
I'm a U.S. family physician who has decided to relocate to Canada. The hassles of working in the dysfunctional health care "system" in the U.S. have simply become too intense. I'm not alone. According to  a physician recruiter  in Windsor, Ont., over the past decade more than 100 U.S. doctors have relocated to her city alone. More generally, the Canadian Institute for Health Information  reports  that Canada has been gaining more physicians from international migration than it's been losing. Like many of my U.S. counterparts, I'm moving to Canada because I'm tired of doing daily battle with the same adversary that my patients face – the private health insurance industry, with its frequent errors in processing claims (the American Medical Association  reports  that one of every 14 claims submitted to commercial insurers are paid incorrectly); outright denials of payment (about one to five percent); and costly paperwork that consumes about 16 percent of physicians' working time, according to a  recent ...
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