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Trump Administration Proposes Rule to Loosen Curbs on Short-Term Health Plans 22.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Support from readers allows Truthout to produce the authority-challenging journalism that's going to be imperative in the years to come. Click here now to support this work! Insurers will again be able to sell short-term health insurance good for up to 12 months under a  proposed rule  released Tuesday by the Trump administration that could further roil the marketplace. "We want to open up affordable alternatives to unaffordable Affordable Care Act policies," said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. "This is one step in the direction of providing Americans health insurance options that are more affordable and more suitable to individual and family circumstances." The proposed rule said short-term plans could add more choices to the market at lower cost and may offer broader provider networks than Affordable Care Act plans in rural areas. But most short-term coverage requires answering a string of medical questions, and insurers can reject applicants with preexisting medical problems, which ACA ...
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Serious medical errors rising in Minnesota 22.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In its annual Minnesota's Adverse Health Events report, the Minnesota Department of Health documented a rising number of seriously flawed medical care in hospitals and surgery centers.
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Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all 22.2.2018 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all....
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Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul 22.2.2018 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all....
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Merger Creates Regional Hospital Giant 22.2.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Two large nonprofit hospital systems—Bon Secours Health System Inc. of Marriottsville, Md., and Mercy Health, headquartered in Cincinnati, have announced plans to merge, in another example of hospitals bulking as the battle for patients grows increasingly fierce.
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GOP: The Party of Death 21.2.2018 American Prospect
(Paul Morigi /AP Images for Avaaz) Members of the activist group Avaaz protest an NRA conference with a likeness for CEO Wayne LaPierre on December 21, 2012. They balk at any attempt to stem gun violence. They’re against affordable health care and want to voucherize Medicare. Given their druthers, they’d allow giant companies to befoul the air and poison the water. And don’t get me started on the lies Republican figures advance to deny any attempt to address the changes in our planet’s climate that are wreaking destruction on the lives of millions, whether through floods, drought, or sea-level rise. The anti-regulatory Koch network provides Republicans with the ground troops and voter data they need to turn out the vote, and funds the think tanks that craft Republican policy that argues against health care and environmental health . And the National Rifle Association, which won’t even countenance background checks for those who purchase firearms at gun shows, is keeper and bestower of the seal of ...
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Doctors in China lead race to treat cancer by editing genes 21.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.
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For teacher with cancer, insurance company calls the shots 21.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There's a war going on inside the brain of 26-year-old Sioux Falls school teacher Katie Blunck. Either that one or the one she's waging with an insurance company could kill her.
$92 million accounting error delivers blow to Edward-Elmhurst Health's bottom line 21.2.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
In a whopper of an accounting misstep, Edward-Elmhurst Health overestimated by $92 million the revenue it expects to receive from insurance companies and patients, delivering an unexpected blow to its bottom line. In an interview Tuesday, CEO Mary Lou Mastro said there will be no layoffs or ...
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The Health 202: Azar makes his first Obamacare move 21.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The new HHS secretary signals he may weaken the health-care law's enforcement.
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The U.S. healthcare system needs more skills for paying bills, study shows 20.2.2018 LA Times: Science

Healthcare in the United States is really expensive, and one of the reasons is that managing healthcare bills is really, really expensive.

Just how expensive? At one large academic medical center, the cost of collecting payments for a single primary-care doctor is upward of $99,000 a year.

And...

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Minnesota sees big jump in people without health insurance 20.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
There were about 116,000 more uninsured Minnesotans compared to two years prior, the state Health Department said Tuesday. The agency also noted a drop in Minnesotans with coverage offered by employers.
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Why Colorado’s health costs are so high, according to a new study 20.2.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A new study highlights how Colorado officials will have to tackle multiple issues in order to lower the cost of health care in the state.
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One MRI is $1,000 more than another. That's just the start of Philly's health care pricing mysteries 20.2.2018 Philly.com News
The shroud of mystery around health care costs has hidden from many consumers the fact that prices vary widely, even for relatively straightforward services like an MRI.
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How Neglect of Puerto Rico Sparked a National IV Bag Shortage 20.2.2018 American Prospect
(Britta Pedersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, hospitals across the mainland United States already faced intermittent shortages of intravenous fluids. But the Category 4 hurricane severely damaged several manufacturing plants owned by Baxter International, one of the major manufacturers of the small IV bags that deliver those fluids, setting in motion a major national shortage. Nearly six months later, the scarcity of IV bags has reached crisis levels, illustrating what damage to a supply chain concentrated in Puerto Rico can do to one of the world’s most advanced health-care systems. This development underscores an inescapable reality: A strong sector may have great doctors, nurses, and hospitals, but if one link in the supply chain breaks, people suffer. IV bags, simple plastic bags that are used to mix and deliver a liquid medication or salt water to patients through an intravenous line, are involved in nearly every facet of patient care ...
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Trump administration takes new steps to loosen health insurance rules 20.2.2018 LA Times: Nation

The Trump administration took new steps Tuesday to loosen health insurance rules, moving to allow the sale of more short-term health plans that do not need to offer consumers a full range of health protections.

The proposed regulations – which represent the latest in a series of administrative...

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The Health 202: Trump administration pulls back from key Medicare goals 20.2.2018 Washington Post
The Health 202: Trump administration pulls back from key Medicare goals
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Hospitals Grapple with National IV Bag Shortage 20.2.2018 American Prospect
(Britta Pedersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, hospitals across the mainland United States already faced intermittent shortages of intravenous fluids. But the Category 4 hurricane severely damaged several manufacturing plants owned by Baxter International, one of the major manufacturers of the small IV bags that deliver those fluids, setting in motion a major national shortage. Nearly six months later, the scarcity of IV bags has reached crisis levels, illustrating what damage to a supply chain concentrated in Puerto Rico can do to one of the world’s most advanced health-care systems. This development underscores an inescapable reality: A strong sector may have great doctors, nurses, and hospitals, but if one link in the supply chain breaks, people suffer. IV bags, simple plastic bags that are used to mix and deliver a liquid medication or salt water to patients through an intravenous line, are involved in nearly every facet of patient care ...
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NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar: ‘Peter was getting extraordinarily rich… Let Peter share a little bit with Paul’ 20.2.2018 India – The Indian Express
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How Trump's Medicaid Restrictions Will Stop People From Voting 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
(Photo: Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com) This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. The Trump administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget, and it doubles down on what the administration has already been doing to undermine Medicaid -- including more than $300 billion in cuts to the program and a call to take health insurance from those who can't find a job. Last month, the administration began testing these policies at the state level. On January 11th, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced that states can now compel low-income people who rely on Medicaid to meet "work and community engagement requirements" in order to keep their health insurance. Within a day of making this announcement, CMS approved Kentucky's plan to implement such requirements. The plan strips Medicaid coverage from most adults who fail to comply, including those who do not complete paperwork on time or report "changes in circumstances" quickly enough. All told, Gov. Matt Bevin's office estimates ...
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