Posts from 2017-07

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Millions Of Kids Fall Outside Senate Plan To Shield Disabled From Medicaid Cuts

July 11, 2017, 12:41 AM The Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce federal funding for Medicaid, but senators want to keep current funding levels for children who are blind or have other disabilities. Their proposal, however, would not apply to the majority of those kids.  

Medicaid Cuts Will Drive Up Cost Of Private Coverage, Montana Insurers Say

July 10, 2017, 2:30 PM Insurance executives in Montana are worried that GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could destabilize a market that is working well.  

Senate GOP Bill Aims To Add Psych Beds; Squeeze On Medicaid Signals Their Undoing

July 10, 2017, 2:30 PM The Senate health care bill has a provision to increase hospital beds for psychiatric care, but overall cuts in Medicaid could lead to even fewer beds nationwide.  

Trump’s Surgeon General Pick Built Name Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana

July 7, 2017, 2:30 PM Dr. Jerome Adams is the health commissioner in Indiana, the home state of Vice President Mike Pence.  

Do-It-Yourself Detox Can Be ‘Freddy Krueger’ Scary — And Usually Fails

July 7, 2017, 2:30 PM Treatment for opioid addiction can be expensive and difficult to coordinate. That might make some people tempted to think they can overcome the addiction on their own. This rarely works.  

Obamacare Inspires Unlikely Political Action In California’s Red Region

July 7, 2017, 2:30 PM In a county where cows outnumber people and most voters supported Donald Trump, a coalition of health clinics is driven to defend the health law.  

Amount Of Opioids Prescribed In U.S. Has Been Falling Since 2010

July 7, 2017, 5:28 AM Report by CDC researchers finds a steady fall in opioid use in recent years, but the rates are still three times higher than in 1999.  

Half The Time, Nursing Homes Scrutinized On Safety By Medicare Are Still Treacherous

July 6, 2017, 8:08 PM Of the 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, more than half — 52 percent — have harmed patients or operated in a way that put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years, a KHN analysis finds.  

Parents Of Ill Children Worry About Return Of ‘Lifetime Limits’ In GOP Health Bill

July 6, 2017, 2:30 PM Current law requires all health insurance sold on the exchanges to cover 10 essential benefits — with no annual or lifetime limits to reimbursement. But the GOP plan might let states reinstate limits.  

As Seniors Get Sicker, They’re More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

July 6, 2017, 2:30 PM Medicare Advantage plans offer good value and aim to keep patients healthy but sicker people are far more likely to quit because they can’t get the care they need.  

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