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Obamacare Is Safe For Now ... Thanks To Its Opponents

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:45:00 -0400

The good news is that if you would like on health insurance through Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act is probably safer now. That's because of the bad news: Congress is split between people on the far right and the even further right. Cartoon by Ted Rall.


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House Republicans Call Off Vote On Obamacare Replacement Plan

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:27:00 -0400

The House has pulled the vote on the American Health Care Act, or "Trumpcare" after it became clear the bill did not have enough support to pass.


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Hospital Stocks Soar As Trumpcare Bill Dies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:00 -0400

Hospitals are the big winners from the inability of the Republican-led Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in favor of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, which would have caused 24 million people to lose insurance, paying customers to health facilities.


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Washington's Princes of Paperwork Are Crushing Physicians and Bankrupting, If Not Killing, Patients

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:53:00 -0400

With so many focused on repealing ObamaCare, lawmakers have failed to address the elephant in the room: medical red tape.


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How The American Health Care Act Could Affect Digital Health

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:55:00 -0400

Although the future is uncertain, it's clear that industry experts all agree on one thing: digital innovation in healthcare will have an even greater impact in light of the changes ahead.


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Survey: Three Out Of Four Americans Want Planned Parenthood Funded

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:50:00 -0400

A Kaiser poll found that while Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about the cost of healthcare, their views on family planning are planted in common ground.


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Hard Times For Patent Trolls And Challengers As Courts, Targets Fight Back

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:46:00 -0400

A string of losses cast doubt on Kyle Bass's strategy of challenging patents as well as trolls' tactics for extracting royalties.


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SAPVoice: Small Businesses Need To Think Big When It Comes To Digital Transformation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:54:00 -0400

While simple technology implementations and near-term results can generate strong results for small businesses, it is possible to be too focused.


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Another Problem With Cutting Essential Health Benefits? It Kills Small Business

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:29:00 -0400

Not providing essential benefits in a congruent fashion across all groups will cause “health care handcuffs”. People with expensive illnesses to insure may not have access to good policies outside of large groups. This job lock will keep them from striking out on their own and starting new ventures.


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If House Votes Down Trumpcare, Paul Ryan's 'Better Way' Ideas Die, Too

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:29:00 -0400

The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote against the American Health Care Act could also be an embarrassing blow to the healthcare ideas woven into House Speaker Paul Ryan’s so-called “Better Way” agenda.


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Asbestos Still Causes Cancer. Why Is It Still Used?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0400

Despite the known risks of asbestos exposure, it continues to be used, and asbestos-related cancer deaths have increased.


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World TB Day: How Budget Cuts Threaten Progress In Tuberculosis Globally

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Tuberculosis is the world's most serious antimicrobial resistance threat, with resistant strains called “Ebola with wings” because they are so deadly. Spread by air, walls won't be a barrier. Budget cuts will fuel a pandemic.


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Tax, Medicaid Tweaks Not Enough As GOP Postpones Vote On Obamacare Replacement

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:53:00 -0400

The GOP has delayed a vote on the health care bill intended to repeal and replace Obamacare. The American Healthcare Act (dubbed "Trumpcare") did not have the necessary votes to pass the House.


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Supreme Court Ruling Trumps Gorsuch On Education For Autistic Children

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:17:00 -0400

The Supreme Court Gorsuch hopes to join has just issued a unanimous decision slapping back his 2008 conclusions about the standard of education an autistic student deserves.


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Most Cancer Is Bad Luck And Early Detection Is A Cure, Say Hopkins Researchers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0400

New research out of Johns Hopkins suggests random genetic mutations cause most tumor types. That justifies shifting the focus of cancer research, the authors argue.


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The Power And Problems Of The Placebo Response

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:32:00 -0400

Is the placebo effect very powerful? This question was originally answered on Quora by Tirumalai Kamala.


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The Day Of The Great Healthcare Vote Arrives, And It's All About Politics

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:11:00 -0400

On the verge of a House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, politics continues to trump policy as the proposed bill does nothing to assure coverage or address the cost and quality of healthcare in America.


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Trump May Cut Obamacare's 'Essential Benefits' To Win Over Freedom Caucus

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:32:00 -0400

President Donald Trump appears to be bending to conservatives’ desires to kill a requirement that insurers offer Americans 10 categories of “essential health benefits" to win passage of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare.


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Obamacare's 10 Essential Health Plan BenefitsNo. 1: Ambulatory ServicesNo. 2: Emergency ServicesNo. 3: HospitalizationNo. 4: Maternity, Newborn CareNo. 5: Mental Health, Substance AbuseNo. 6: Prescription DrugsNo. 7: Rehabilitative, Habilitative Services, Devices No. 8: Laboratory ServicesNo. 9: Preventative, Wellness Services, Chronic Disease Management No. 10: Pediatric services

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:32:00 -0400

Medical care in a clinic or physician’s office that doesn’t include an admission to the hospital. It could also be outpatient surgery or home health services and hospice care.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical care generally received in an emergency room whereby prior authorization isn’t required from the insurance company.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical care in a hospital such as an open-heart surgery or a transplant or care received from doctors, nurses and other caregivers in a hospital. Depending on the policy, there can be limits to certain services such as skilled nursing care.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical care related to a pregnancy such as prenatal as well as baby delivery including the labor, delivery and post-labor treatment following a normal birth or a Cesarean section.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Both inpatient and outpatient treatment including diagnosis and evaluation for mental health conditions, addictions and substance abuse. Depending on plans, there can be limits of 20 days per year.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

At least one drug in every category or class must be covered from the U.S. Pharmacopeia’s publication of approved U.S. medications. Such drugs include prescriptions for chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol or antibiotics to treat infections and other illness.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mental or physical care to help patients regain skills lost to chronic conditions, serious injury or a disability. Plans are required to cover 30 visits each year to providers of such services.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tests to help a medical care provider diagnose illnesses, ailments and conditions. While certain tests are fully covered, there can be out-of-pocket costs for expensive tests like magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs).


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventive care, including immunizations, screenings to prevent certain diseases such as cancer and a physical. Also includes treatment for chronic conditions like asthma, hypertension and diabetes. (What's covered under preventative services?)


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pediatric services, including oral and vision care Children under the age of 19 are eligible for routine dental exams that include teeth cleanings, recommended vaccines and immunizations as well as annual eye exam and corrective lenses.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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The Science Of Sex's 'Afterglow'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:54:00 -0400

Afterglow has a biological purpose, but it also serves a psychological purpose over time.


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Why Trumpcare Is DOA: It Doesn't Address Outrageous Healthcare Prices

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:37:00 -0400

Curing the U.S. of high healthcare prices should garner bipartisan support, appealing to conservatives for restraining government spending and progressives for making universal coverage more affordable.


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Medicaid Work Requirements Add To Health Costs, Insurers Say

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:10:00 -0400

A work requirement for Medicaid recipients would add to health plan administrative costs and therefore could hit taxpayers, says Medicaid Health Plans of America.


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SAPVoice: How The 100,000 Genome Project Is Paving The Way For Personalized Medicine

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Successful delivery of the 100,000 Genome Project would make the National Health Service the world’s first healthcare system to launch a ‘genomics medicine service’.


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Breaking The Cold Chain: New Vaccine Doesn't Need Refrigeration

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:27:00 -0400

The world is on the verge of having the first vaccine against rotavirus that can stand up to hot African sun -- and save thousands of children's lives.


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FDA Links Breast Implants To Cases Of Rare Blood Cancer

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:45:00 -0400

The agency announced that at least nine women have died from a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma associated with the surgery.


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FDA Agrees With WHO, Links Breast Implants To Rare Cancer. How Worried Should Women Be?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:37:00 -0400

The FDA now agrees with the WHO that a rare type of lymphoma is linked to breast implants, especially those with a textured surface. However, the agency doesn't recommend that worried women have their implants removed to be on the safe side.


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