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Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In Minnesota, legislators approved a budget that will increase costs for state residents covered by MinnesotaCare but stops far short of the state House's plan to repeal the program. Wisconsin's finance committee approved a plan to increase Medicaid...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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House lawmakers were warned Thursday night that the CareFirst cyberattack may have put their personal information -- in a limited context -- at risk....
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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News reports describe EmblemHealth is a financially challenged, not-for-profit health plan based in New York. The insurer has an estimated 3.2 million members and offers Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans as well as coverage on New York’s health-plan...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the measure, which is designed to speed new drugs to market and encourage medical innovation, after reaching a last-minute agreement about how to pay for the legislation. It is expected to reach the House...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is seeking changes in the bill's section regarding the expansion of involuntary outpatient treatment. Meanwhile, a Senate panel votes to end the Veterans Affairs ban on medical marijuana and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., introduced...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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News outlets examine health care issues in Connecticut, Texas, Massachusetts, Indiana, California, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Maryland and Missouri....
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The funding has been at the heart of the legislature's bitter debate on Medicaid expansion. The offer is $1.6 billion lower than the state received this year, but it may provide enough that lawmakers can come to terms on a budget in a special session...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Omnicare supplies prescription drugs to nursing homes and assisted living as well as other health care facilities. If the deal goes through, CVS will beef-up its fast-growing specialty drug business and tap into a growing sector of the market -- the...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A study finds that in states that did not expand the health program for low-income residents, the rate of uninsurance among 50- to 64-year-olds is twice that of other states....
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Michelle Andrews | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In bizarre, veiled conversations, some doctors vaguely hint to dying patients and their families how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that there is no one who can answer them....
From: Kaiser Health News | By: April Dembosky, KQED | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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News outlets examine health care issues in Colorado, Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, Georgia, Florida and New York....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson estimates that 10 new drugs the company wants to bring to market could reap $1 billion in annual sales. In other research news, a group of virus hunters aims to change the ways insurers and countries handle Ebola and...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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At a meeting of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, pointed out that observation care status can cost Medicare beneficiaries thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Pennsylvania and a number of other states only broadly note in official databases information about drug overdoses, but the most recent statistics date to 2012 and generally don't include specific information about the drugs in use. Meanwhile, in related...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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In other Capitol Hill happenings, supporters of the 340B Drug Discount program urge lawmakers not to make changes in it as part of the "Cures" bill that would overhaul the FDA's drug approval process. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, gives...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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In what might be a national precedent, the doctors' group changed its decades-long opposition to a proposal that allows physicians to help seriously ill patients end their lives....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The first meeting of the commission created by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to examine government hospital spending ended with a sense that the group won't come up with solutions before the legislature's June 30 deadline to pass a budget that will set health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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A study estimates that 31 million people, many with private health insurance coverage, face unaffordable medical bills when seeking care. That forces many to put off doctor visits....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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