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8 questions you should always ask your doctor

You may be seeing a family doctor, a specialist or a physician at a walk-in clinic. Are you asking the right questions when you’re heading into your …

Acid Reflux May Respond Better To Diet Than Drugs

Reflux is one of the most common health complaints among Americans, and the drugs used to relieve it are among the nation’s best-selling meds. …

When Cancer Patients Should Ask For Genetic Sequencing

Cancer DNA can provide important clues about the best way to treat the disease, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Nature Medicine</i>.<p>Doctors can …

New GOP Health Proposal Could Ditch Protections For People Who Are Sick

House Republicans are mulling over new changes to their health care proposal, hoping to wrangle enough votes to pass a bill that would allow them to keep their campaign pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>The latest proposal allows states to make changes to the ACA's rules …

A transformative practice in Mongolia is helping people die with grace and dignity

What comes to mind when you think of Mongolia? My answer, probably like many people’s, was vast empty space, those signature round white tents (which Mongolians call <i>gers</i>, not ‘yurts’ – a word brought in during the country’s period under Russian and Soviet influence) and Genghis Khan.<p>One thing you …

Doctor Wait Times Soar 30% In Major U.S. Cities

Patients are waiting an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment with a doctor, according to a study of commonly used specialty physicians in 15 major U.S. cities.<p>The time to schedule an appointment has jumped 30% in 15 U.S. metropolitan areas from 18.5 days in 2014 amid a national doctor …

The GOP health bill is a $600 billion tax cut — almost entirely for the wealthy

Most analysis of the American Health Care Act, the new House Republican plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare, has focused on the fact that it will take away health insurance from millions of Americans, including, eventually, millions of poor, elderly, and disabled Americans currently on …

Surprise! Republicans’ Obamacare Replacement Would Hurt the Poor

The just-unveiled bill would defund Planned Parenthood, take back the Medicaid expansion, and tear down most of the Affordable Care Act.<p>On Monday afternoon, House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan released their bill—previously hidden in a basement—that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act …

Paul Ryan’s Health-Care Vise

If there is a single person who made Paul Ryan the Speaker of the House, it is probably Mark Meadows. Back in 2015, Meadows, a former restaurant owner who, in 2012, was elected to represent the most conservative district in North Carolina, set into motion the events that led to Speaker John …

What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, health care under the Affordable Care Act is going to change in the next few years. The Republican-led Congress has vowed to "repeal and replace" the health law known as Obamacare.<p>That has left many people anxious and confused about what will …

Why Undoing Obamacare Will Be So Hard

House Republicans will be unveiling their replacement for the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) next week and the White House has been signaling that it may reveal its thoughts not long after.<p>But what is becoming increasingly clear is the extent to which Obamacare has become embedded in the …

GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 …

Why Obama Just Wrote Articles in 3 Academic Journals

Ideas pushed aside by politics can live on in scholarly debate.<p>In his final two months as president, Barack Obama restricted Arctic drilling, sanctioned Russia, named new national monuments and made one last dad joke. He also moved to imprint his seal on history in a quieter way: through academic …

Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States

Republicans plan to turn control of Medicaid over to the states as part of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to an adviser to President Donald Trump.<p>Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told NBC News's <i>Sunday Today</i> with Willie Geist, that the health care law that will …

Repealing Obamacare Will Seriously Disrupt How Doctors Work

It has the potential to hurt not only doctors’ abilities to treat their patients, but also their income.<p>Not all of the news coming out about President-elect Donald Trump is of life or death importance. But for individuals with serious illnesses, and the people treating them, what he decides to do …

Cancer patients sometimes can’t get coverage at the hospitals they want

Getting cancer is scary. Discovering that your health plan doesn’t give you access to leading cancer centers may make the diagnosis even more daunting.<p>As insurers participating in the health marketplace shrink their provider networks and slash the number of plans that offer out-of-network coverage, …

That Vow To Defund Planned Parenthood: Easy To Say, Hard To Do

If repealing the Affordable Care Act is the Republican Congress' job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second.<p>In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization "would be in our reconciliation bill," …

Medical Malpractice and the Legal Process

If you are involved in a situation where a physician’s medical error rises to the level of medical malpractice, you may wish to initiate a law suit …

Stronger malpractice laws may not prevent surgical complications | Reuters

(This Jan. 13 story corrects spelling of Mello, from Mellow, in paragraphs 12 and 13)<p>By Lisa Rapaport<p>(Reuters Health) - More aggressive malpractice climates don’t necessarily protect patients from surgical complications, a new study suggests<p>Supporters of medical malpractice laws that make it easier …

6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

The outcome of the repeal-and-replace Obamacare debate could affect more than you might think, depending on just how the GOP congressional majority pursues its goal.<p>Beyond the Affordable Care Act's marquee achievements like guaranteeing health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and …

Health Care

Here's what it takes for President-elect Trump to repeal Obamacare

There are several reasons for this. First, Trump would face political and financial fall-out from repeal. Second, even with Republican majorities now in the House and Senate, it would be hard to repeal the entire bill. It includes not only the establishment of the exchanges, in which people buy …

Despite Republican pledges, 'repealing Obamacare' will be almost impossible — but it could be vandalized

The promise to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act has been a staple of the Republican Party platform virtually since the law's enactment in 2010.<p>Now it looks like it might happen. President-elect Donald Trump picked up the theme in his campaign, promising "on Day One of the Trump …

Health Care

Health care rate hikes: An unintentional ‘October surprise’

News<p>Joe Kefauver is managing partner of Align Public Strategies, a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, …

The Obama Administration Explains Why Health Insurance Premiums Are Going Up

I guess all the flacks in the vast Obama administration public relations apparatus are at the beach. What else would explain this inelegant quote …

You Could Be Losing Healthcare Savings Due To A Government Mix-Up

A miscommunication between the IRS and Health and Human Services (HHS) costs millions of Americans hundreds of dollars in healthcare savings every year. Here’s what’s going on:<p>Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are tax-free savings accounts used to pay for future health expenses. HSAs are the most …

Blue Cross Blue Shield won't credit Land of Lincoln members for deductibles

A large insurer on Illinois' Obamacare exchange has decided not to credit former Land of Lincoln members for money they've already paid toward their deductibles despite a request from the state to consider doing so.<p>Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has decided it cannot waive deductible or …

Aetna decision exposes weaknesses in Obama’s health-care law

Insurance giant Aetna’s decision to stop offering much of its individual coverage through the Affordable Care Act is exposing a problem in President Obama’s signature health-care law that could lead to another fraught political battle in Congress.<p>Aetna’s announcement Monday night was the latest …

VA schedules two million appointments using Veterans Choice Program - VAntage Point

Over two million appointments scheduled using the VCP significantly increases Veterans access to care.<p>Since the start of VCP we have seen a dramatic …