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Intent On Reversing Its Opioid Epidemic, A State Limits Prescriptions

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:07:00 -0400

Maine is among a handful of states putting limits on the painkiller dose that doctors can prescribe a patient. Some doctors and patients say the law is helping, while others say it goes too far.

Oregon, Texas Lay Down Markers On Abortion Coverage

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:00:16 -0400

Highlighting the country's sharp divide over abortion and mixed reactions to requirements in the Affordable Care Act, Texas restricts insurance coverage while Oregon requires that it be covered.

Governors Preparing Bipartisan Health Care Plan For Congress To Consider

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:11:00 -0400

Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper and Ohio Republican John Kasich are nearing completion on a plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act exchanges that they will present to the Senate next month.

Hospitals Could Do More For Survivors Of Opioid Overdoses, Study Suggests

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:47:00 -0400

Researchers say hospitals are missing an opportunity to help people with opioid addiction get into treatment by not doing enough when they show up in emergency rooms after an overdose.

Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:21 -0400

A program that provides $400 million in federal funds for the visits expires next month. Advocates and providers hope it will be reauthorized and even expanded, saying it's money well spent.

As Rain Keeps Falling, Sierra Leone Scrambles To Find Mudslide Survivors

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:23:00 -0400

Idalia Amaya, an emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, says the top priority is rescuing people trapped in their homes under the mud.

Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:45:15 -0400

It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending payments to the medical provider over a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.

Often Missing From The Current Health Care Debate: Women's Voices

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:00 -0400

When leaders in Washington discuss the future of American health care, women are not always in the room. Here, eight women from around the country share their personal stories, fears and hopes.

Hippos, Anthrax And Hunger Make A Deadly Mix

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:17:28 -0400

In Zambia, some people were so hungry that they risked their health to eat hippo meat infected with anthrax. Researchers say it reveals how food insecurity can spread disease.

Health Insurance CEO On New CBO Report

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Daniel Hilferty talks with Ailsa Chang about the Congressional Budget Office's latest report on payments the federal government makes to insurance companies.

'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:00 -0400

In South Florida, people with health insurance are the target of "body brokers" who can earn lucrative kickbacks — $500 per week — for referring vulnerable patients to centers that bilk insurers.

CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:14:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:00 -0400

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

Trump Administration Extends Deadline For Insurers To Decide On Obamacare Markets

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:10:00 -0400

The extension leaves time for President Trump to decide whether to continue crucial payments to insurers and for insurers to figure out how they would operate without them if they were to disappear.