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Concerned About Losing Your Marketplace Plan? ACA Repeal May Take Awhile

November 10, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has promised that he’ll ask Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Day One of his administration. If you’re shopping for coverage on the health insurance marketplace, should you even bother signing up? If everything’s going to change shortly after your new coverage starts in January anyway,

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Obamacare ‘Replacement’ Might Look Familiar

November 10, 2016

The Affordable Care Act transformed the medical system, expanding coverage to millions, injecting billions in tax revenue, changing insurance rules and launching ambitious experiments in quality and efficiency.Less of that might disappear under President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to “repeal and replace Obamacare” than many believe, say policy analysts. Republicans promising

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Millions Could Lose Medicaid Coverage Under Trump Plan

November 10, 2016

Millions of low-income Americans on Medicaid could lose their health coverage if President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress follow through on GOP proposals to cut spending in the state-federal insurance program.The biggest risk for Medicaid beneficiaries comes from pledges by Trump and other Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care

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Trump, GOP In Congress Could Use “Must-Pass” Bills To Bring Health Changes

November 9, 2016

Throughout the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump’s entire health message consisted of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act.That remains difficult with Democrats still commanding enough power in the Senate to block the 60 votes needed for a full repeal. Republicans could use fast-track budget authority to make some major changes

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Deadly Superbug Linked To Four Deaths In The U.S.

November 4, 2016

A deadly new drug-resistant fungus has been linked to the deaths of four hospital patients in the U.S., according to a report released Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The fungus, called Candida auris, preys on the sickest patients and can spread in hospitals. Although doctors have been

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Healthy Customers, And Those With Major Medical Needs, May Want Bronze Plans

November 2, 2016

The open enrollment period for coverage through the health insurance marketplaces starts today, and readers have plenty of questions about what to buy. I addressed a few of them this week.I know that silver plans are the most popular type of coverage on the marketplace, but bronze plans are often

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Premature Births Rise Slightly, First Uptick In 8 Years, March Of Dimes Reports

November 1, 2016

Forty weeks.The medical field considers forty weeks, or nine months, as the perfect pregnancy. Babies born before this mark face the possibility of health complications that could last a lifetime. Yet, according to the latest data, more women are having their babies too soon.The number of preterm births in the

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7 Tips To Help Avoid Costly Health Plan Enrollment Headaches

November 1, 2016

With the annual sign-up period for plans on the health law’s marketplaces starting Nov. 1, many consumers are worried about rising premiums, shrinking provider networks and the departure of major insurers such as UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Humana from many exchanges.The impact on coverage will vary, but the shifting landscape means

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FDA Faults 12 Hospitals For Failing To Disclose Injuries, Deaths Linked To Medical Devices

October 28, 2016

Federal regulators said 12 U.S. hospitals, including well-known medical centers in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, failed to promptly report patient deaths or injuries linked to medical devices.The Food and Drug Administration publicly disclosed the violations in inspection reports this week amid growing scrutiny of its ability to identify

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How To Enroll In Medicare And Avoid Costly Mistakes

October 27, 2016

Your 65th birthday is coming up. Soon, you think, the government will send you a packet explaining how to enroll in Medicare — its vast health program for 46 million seniors.Don’t hold your breath.Astonishingly, no coordinated effort to reach out to soon-to-be-65-year-olds exists. You have to figure out what to do

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An Idea Borrowed From South Africa: Ordinary Citizens Fill Gaps In Health Care

October 20, 2016

NEW YORK— Destini Belton isn’t a doctor or a nurse. She’s a trained health coach, and as a trusted neighbor in Harlem, she goes where clinics and hospitals can’t — into patients’ homes to understand the mundane but vital details of their lives.She visits people like Jessica Gonzalez who went

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Details from Hillary Clinton’s Disability Employment Policy Speech

September 27, 2016

Photo: Hillary Clinton embraces advocate Anastasia Somoza, who introduced her before her disability employment policy speech. Hillary Clinton became the first presidential candidate ever to give a policy speech focused on disability issues when she spoke about her plan to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Here is the transcript

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What You Need to Know About Bladder Cancer and SCI

August 1, 2016

The risk of bladder cancer for people with spinal cord injuries is 15 times higher than that of the general population, and it’s higher for people who use indwelling catheters. That sounds scary, but the cancer is still very rare, even among people with SCI, and there are some preventive

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ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Should Know

July 27, 2016

ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Should KnowWhat is an ABLE account?ABLE Accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, will be created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or better known as

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New ABLE Accounts for Folks on SSI and Medicaid

July 14, 2016

Hey, folks on SSI and Medicaid! You know that ever-dreaded $2,000 “asset limit” that effectively locks you into poverty? Well, there’s this fancy new thing called the “ABLE Act” that allows many of us to save money far beyond $2,000, so we can finally save for our future or have

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