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Los Angeles Times: Calm Down, America, Ebola Isn't About To Kill Us All A Texas university refuses to accept students from Nigeria, where there were a couple dozen Ebola cases before the disease was quickly stopped. Louisiana refuses to allow incinerated...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from California, Arizona, Maine, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and Missouri. CQ Healthbeat: California Leads States In Ballot Measures...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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USA Today reports that the website uses about 500 million federal and private claims and patient reviews to rank doctors. Meanwhile, the failure of the $30 billion federal program to create interoperable electronic health record systems is examined by...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal: Carvin's ObamaCare Tour De Force In 2011 after the first appeals circuit struck down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the White House asked the Supreme Court to take the case as soon as possible and "put these...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Today's headlines include reports about health law positions taken by Republican governors -- including Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Kaiser Health News: More Plans Setting Spending Limits For Some Medical Services Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals — including some top medical centers — are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show. Nationally, about one in every 25 hospitalized...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Jordan Rau | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The GOP are now pressing to suspend visas for some travelers since the administration has so far rejected calls for a flight ban. Also Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention beefed-up its guidelines to protect health care workers. The...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Most of the uninsured know little about the online insurance marketplaces, or that financial help is available for those with low incomes, finds a poll. Meanwhile, a West Virginia Medicaid official says new enrollees "come in with baggage," such as a...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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In Louisiana's Senate race, Medicare is grabbing the spotlight. The powerful issue is also popping up in North Carolina and Iowa. Meanwhile, Michigan's Senate race references to Medicare and the health law are checked for accuracy. And Obamacare is the...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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In Georgia, where a runoff is looming, Gov. Nathan Deal went on the offensive and criticized his conservative opponent's support for expanding Medicaid. In Maryland, Republican candidate Larry Hogan slammed Democratic Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for his...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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After telling the Associated Press that he didn't think a repeal of the health law was going to happen, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, took aggressive steps to attempt to correct the record. His statement, he said, was meant only about attempts...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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In March, after Kimberly Tonyan got health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange, she spoke at a news conference urging others to enroll. Her 11-year-old twins stood at her side in Raleigh, N.C. “You have nothing to lose,” the Cornelius...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Ann Doss Helms, The Charlotte Observer | Monday, October 20, 2014
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KHN reporter Jordan Rau spoke on NPR about data that say about 75,000 patients per year die from infections they got in the hospital. Nearly 700 hospitals around the U.S. have higher than expected infection rates. Listen below to the interview:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Hospital ownership of physician groups increased patient care costs by as much as 20 percent, according to the UC Berkeley study. Meanwhile, another study by Harvard researchers finds that switching to for-profit status may boost hospitals' financial...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Los Angeles Times: Children's Health Insurance Program Deserves Funding In what may be a hopelessly quixotic effort, supporters of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program are trying to persuade Congress to renew its funding almost a year in advance...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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University of Pennsylvania researchers find that the variations are significant. Other news about the online health marketplaces that open next month include Oregon's decision to ditch the old system for Medicaid enrollment, a review of navigators' roles...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Health care continues to be a big issue, though not as important as the economy. The Associated Post: AP-GfK Poll: Most Expect GOP Victory In November But the survey suggests many will cringe when they cast those ballots. Most likely voters have a negative...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. The Economist: Obamacare And The Midterms According to Kantar Media, a firm that tracks political advertising, health care is the main subject of campaign ads, especially Republican...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from Maine, Arizona, Missouri, Oregon, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Connecticut. The Associated Press: Sparks Fly Throughout Last Maine Governor Debate The three candidates for governor...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn's list includes various programs that continue to receive funding even as National Institutes of Health officials express concern about the slowing of disease research. Politico: Tom Coburn Skewers NIH In Final 'Wastebook'...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A Pew Research Center survey finds 41 percent of Americans say they worry they or someone in their families will be "exposed" to the Ebola virus, up from 32 percent two weeks ago. Public confidence in the government's ability to combat the disease has...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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With large companies facing potential fines next year for not offering health insurance, some are looking at approaches such as enrolling employees in Medicaid, reports The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, the federal government posts a notice Tuesday...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The Ohio governor is engaged in a spat with The Associated Press after the news outlet published comments in which he said he didn't think the health law would be repealed. He has since offered further explanation, saying that he doesn't think the Medicaid...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about a new poll finding that that most likely voters expect GOP victories in November and that health care continues to be an important issue. Kaiser Health News:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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This chart shows what proportion of hospitals in each state had higher than average infection rates for at least one type of infection publicly reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rates are based on infections contracted in...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments "Line In The Sand?" by John Darkow. And here's today's health policy haiku: KASICH: REPEAL, REPLACE... REVISE? The health law's repeal? Not happening, he said... But that's not what...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The drug is being given to fewer than 1 percent of the 17,000 inmates with the virus in California prisons, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Meanwhile, a Senate Democrat plans a hearing on how VA hospitals are coping with its high cost. San Francisco...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Aiming to contain health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are adopting a strategy that limits how much they’ll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements, lab tests and complex imaging. A recent study found that...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Michelle Andrews | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Jasmin Maurer was among nearly 150,000 Missourians who signed up for insurance during the first open enrollment under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. She hadn’t been insured since she graduated from college in 2008 and her mother lost...
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments "Tricky Treat?" by Gary Varvel. And here's today's health policy haiku: WHEN POLITICS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERSECT Perfect resume for infectious disease fight: D.C. insider -Anonymous ...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from New York, Ohio, California, Tennessee, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland. The New York Times: Mental Health Issues Put 34,500 On New York’s No-Guns List A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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In other drug industry news, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services makes improvements in the new doctor payment website. The Wall Street Journal: Lilly CEO Sees Light After A Difficult Year Eli Lilly & Co. is deep into what Chief Executive...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Politico reports that two closely watched Senate contests -- that of Georgia and Louisiana -- could be decided by runoff elections that would take place in December. Healthcare.gov glitches could color voters' choices. News outlets also report on...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The White House announced Friday that Ron Klain, a veteran Washington advisor and Democratic strategist, will coordinate multi-agency strategy. Los Angeles Times: ‘Ebola Czar' Brings Decades Of Washington Experience The man tapped to be the country’s...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Politico: What the CDC Got Wrong About Ebola Anybody who has been following the travails of our dysfunctional health-care system can find plenty of reasons to criticize American hospitals. Many are grossly inefficient and tragically unsafe. They’re...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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News outlets report on a range of health law implementation issues that are causing challenges for consumers, employers and Obamacare advocates.     The New York Times: Unable To Meet The Deductible Or The Doctor Patricia Wanderlich got insurance...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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About 100 people rallied in Salt Lake City to urge state lawmakers to pass Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion plan. Meanwhile, health insurance rates in Wisconsin keep pace or decline, Maryland delays efforts to recover the cost of its failed exchange,...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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More than two dozen House Democrats have called on the Senate to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy, the Obama administration's pick for U.S. Surgeon General, so he could help lead the nation's Ebola response. But Senate support remains shaky because of Murthy's...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare's Failing Cost Control A major claim of ObamaCare’s political salesmen is that it will reduce U.S. health spending. The heart of this claim is the Accountable Care Organization, or ACO, but already evidence is accumulating...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The defense department announced Sunday that it would create a team to assist U.S. doctors responding to new Ebola cases, while the government issued more stringent guidelines for protective garb for health care workers treating Ebola patients. In addition,...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A Politico poll underscores that Ebola is causing real political danger for some Democrats. It's playing big, for instance, in North Carolina's Senate race.   Politico: Politico Poll: Democrats In Danger Over Ebola Voters who intend to support Republicans...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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CBS News reports that for many seniors and their families, home care needs create a serious financial bind.   CBS News: Aging In America: Stuck In The Middle Senior citizens whose finances fall in the middle -- not rich, not poor -- can find themselves...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Today's headlines include a variety of stories about the continuing national response to Ebola and the potential impact that fears of this illness might have on the midterm elections. Kaiser Health News: What CDC Can Do To Fight Ebola Kaiser Health News...
From: Kaiser Health News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Ebola epidemic in Africa and fears of it spreading in the U.S. have turned the nation’s attention to the federal government’s front-line public health agency: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But as with Ebola itself, there...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Julie Rovner | Monday, October 20, 2014
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