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Campaign For Universal Health Care In Colorado Seeks Bernie Sanders' Help 29.7.2016 NPR Health Science
An initiative on the state's November ballot would establish a single-payer health plan. Supporters hope to lure Sanders to help get out the vote.
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The President's Assessment of the Affordable Care Act 29.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I was recently reading a July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) when a special communication written by Barack Obama, J.D., caught my eye (JAMA; Published online July 11, 2016). It was the first article I had ever read in a medical journal that was written by a president of the United States. JAMA is a much respected medical journal which usually presents peer-reviewed articles relating to medical research. However, the journal will publish special commentaries written by experts relating to timely medical issues. At first, I was taken aback by the President writing in a medical journal whose readership was pretty much limited to physicians. It seemed like he was using his "bully pulpit" to try and convince us that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was well on the way to meeting its goal of increasing the number of people with health insurance, decreasing the costs of health care, and increasing the quality of the care provided. Seeing as there are about 850 thousand practicing ...
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Only the sickest Coloradans on Medicaid get breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C 29.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
Pressure for change is increasing against the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which has restricted access to a breakthrough hepatitis C drug due to its cost. State officials say they must balance the public health issue with the taxpayer expense of paying the prescriptions of the more than 8,000 people with hepatitis C on the government insurance system.
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Doctors: Influenza, car accidents are greater threat to Olympic travelers than Zika 29.7.2016 Washington Post
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said those traveling to Rio will be at low risk of contracting the virus, but officials still advised pregnant women or women who could get pregnant not to attend the Games.
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NBA: Players union to fund health care for retired players 29.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
NBA players have recently made headlines for raking it in, as a new TV contract has led to massive, eyebrow-raising deals for even average performers. Now those players have made an unprecedented decision to share some of that fortune with their NBA predecessors by funding health care for many of them. The NBA Players Association made the announcement Wednesday that its representatives voted unanimously in June to provide health insurance for retired players who spent at least three years in the...
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Five myths about patient privacy 29.7.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
HIPAA sets national standards to safeguard the privacy of individuals’ health information. As in Orlando, it is often perceived as a barrier to effective communication between doctors and patients’ lo...
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NBA Players To Start Paying For Retired Players' Health Insurance 28.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NBA Players Break New Ground by Choosing to Fund Health Insurance for Retired NBA Players -- https://t.co/RxdTselkuH pic.twitter.com/sTETzZM9Ms — NBPA (@TheNBPA) July 27, 2016 The NBA Players Association (NBAPA) announced Wednesday that their player representatives unanimously voted to fund health insurance for all retired players who have been part of the league for at least three years.  The average NBA player retires from the league after four seasons, which means that most players will qualify for at least some coverage.  The vote took place during the NBAPA Summer Meeting on June 26 in New York, according to the NBAPA. In a press release , the NBAPA called the change in policy “the first of its kind among North American professional sports.”  The Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, who is president of the Players Association, issued a statement saying he believes it’s important for present-day players to help take care of their extended NBA family, past and present, to ensure their well-being. He also ...
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Denver Health names veteran cardiologist as new director of medicine 28.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
Denver Health, recovering from a series of high-profile departures at the hospital in the last year that saw top leaders retire or resign, has named a new director of medicine.
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Hamilton's sanctuary city languishes as political will fades 28.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, July 28, 2016 Hamilton's city council unanmously approved a motion that permitted undocumented migrants to access municipal services. But lack of staff and will has led to a lack of change for these people. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Two years ago, Hamilton's city council unanimously approved a motion that permitted undocumented migrants access to municipal services without providing immigration documents, turning Hamilton into Canada's second sanctuary ...
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Patients in ‘immediate danger,’ but state didn’t stop pain doctor for years 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Washington state health officials were warned more than a year ago about possible overdose deaths tied to Dr. Frank Li and Seattle Pain Centers. Concerns about harm dated as far back as 2013. Why did it take so long to stop him?
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What women need in a checkup: Test less, talk more 28.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Some tests that used to be part of an annual physical are no longer recommended. Others can be done less often. Still, seeing your doctor regularly for a face-to-face chat may help your health.
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Beauty queen shaved head, faked chemo in lucrative 2-year masquerade as cancer patient 28.7.2016 Washington Post
Beauty queen shaved head, faked chemo in lucrative 2-year masquerade as cancer patient
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What Women Need In A Checkup: Test Less, Talk More 28.7.2016 NPR News
Some tests that used to be part of an annual physical are no longer recommended. Others can be done less often. Still, seeing your doctor regularly for a face-to-face chat may help your health.
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Health insurers making cases for Pa. rate hikes 28.7.2016 Philly.com News
Saying their own costs have risen, health insurance companies made their cases to state regulators Wednesday for double-digit rate increases next year for individual policies in Pennsylvania.
NBA union to fund health care for retired players 28.7.2016 Washington Post
NBA union to fund health care for retired players
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Fact checking the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention 28.7.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Here's our roundup of claims made on the third day of the Democratic National Convention.
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Sen. Tim Kaine's Record On Health Care: He's With Hillary 28.7.2016 NPR Health Science
The Democrats' vice presidential nominee helped overhaul Virginia's mental health care system after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. He is for Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and Planned Parenthood.
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The U., LDS hospital among top-ranked Salt Lake County hospitals by feds 28.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Five Salt Lake County hospitals received four out of five stars from the federal government in its recent quality ratings. The ratings, released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), use 64 different measures to determine the quality of more than 4,000 hospitals across the U.S. These measures include patient experience, value of care and complications. University of Utah Health Care and LDS Hospital were among the list of five area hospitals to receive four s... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings 28.7.2016 NPR: Healthcare
Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a 5-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.
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Medicaid Works: 10 Key Facts 27.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This is the next in our "Medicaid Works" blog series, which aims to inform the debate over Medicaid's future by providing the latest facts and figures on this essential and  popular  part of the nation's health care system. Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.  Here are ten key facts about how Medicaid helps millions of Americans live healthier, more secure lives: Medicaid provided quality health coverage for  97 million low-income Americans over the course of 2015.  In any given month, Medicaid served 33 million children, 27 million adults (mostly in low-income working families), 6 million seniors, and 10 million persons with disabilities, according to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. Medicaid has cut dramatically the number of Americans without health insurance.  Since the implementation of health reform's major coverage expansions in 2014, Medicaid and the new health ...
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