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A selection of health policy stories from Arizona, Connecticut, D.C., Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi and Missouri. The Associated Press: Mississippi: Governor Signs Abortion Restriction Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill on Wednesday to ban abortion starting...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Today's headlines include a number of reports about how the health law is playing in midterm election campaigns.    The Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Find Benefits, Costs As They Navigate Affordable Care Act Many small businesses won a reprieve...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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In the run up to the midterm congressional elections, this and other polls find hope for Democratic incumbents while also probing the difficulties that continue to make the health law unpopular among many Americans. Also in the headlines, new ads...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal reports that even though the mandate was delayed requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to provide coverage for their workers, the overhaul is affecting how companies are run. In addition, Fox News reports that doctors...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The Associated Press: Wellness Programs Grow More Popular With Employers More companies are starting or expanding wellness programs that aim to reduce their medical costs by improving their employees’ health. They’re asking workers to take physical...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Amedisys Inc., one of the nation's largest home health providers, will pay $150 million to settle claims that it exaggerated Medicare billings and had improper financial relations with referring physicians, the Department of Justice revealed. Meanwhile...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Bloomberg: The Health-Care Job That Really Matters The official who matters most when it comes to controlling U.S. health-care spending has just resigned, leaving behind a program with serious fiscal problems that badly needs further reform. No, not...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The Congressional Budget Office updated its February forecast, which pegged the cost at $70 billion over the next 10 years. The new figure puts the cost at $46 billion. In other Medicaid expansion news, Virginia's charged debate on this question appears...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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At Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill hospital, the “EMERGENCY” sign glows bright in the dusk above the emergency-room entrance. Some 18,000 people sought help here last year. Right next to the sign, there’s another one on the building: “After-Hours...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Carol M. Ostrom, Seattle Times | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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NAMPA, Idaho - When Idaho's largest hospital system bought the state's largest doctor practice in 2012, the groups expressed hope that the deal would spark a revolution in delivering better-quality care. Instead, it ignited a costly legal battle with...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Phil Galewitz | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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RED LODGE, Mont. -- One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems. It’s costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Eric Whitney | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Every week KHN reporter Marissa Evans finds interesting reads from around the web. ​​ ProPublica: MIA In The War On Cancer: Where Are The Low-Cost Treatments? Increasingly, Big Pharma is betting on new blockbuster cancer drugs that cost billions...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Runner's High?" by Pat Bagley. Here's today's health policy haiku:  MEDICARE SAVINGS Someone pays for us: Our children and our taxes. Who reaps the savings? -Janice Lynch...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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In other market news, coverage continues of the cost and effectiveness of Sovaldi, a new drug to treat hepatitis C, and the related earnings gained by Gilead Sciences, its manufacturer.   The Wall Street Journal: Aetna Raises Outlook On Strong Quarterly...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Another top official for the Cover Oregon exchange submitted her resignation this week, while a technology committee decides whether the state should participate in the federal exchange or fix the existing website with the help of a new contractor. Meanwhile,...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Only two of the 36 states that relied on the federal insurance exchange this year -- Idaho and New Mexico -- plan to set up their own online marketplaces in time for the next open enrollment beginning Nov. 15. Both those states had moved to run their...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Phil Galewitz | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Health insurers and hospitals, usually on opposite sides, lined up together Tuesday to give Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler an earful about his proposed new rule for insurance-provider networks . Kreidler proposed the rule after complaints that...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Carol Ostrom, Seattle Times | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A new FDA plan, in the meantime, would speed approval of life-saving medical devices. NPR: FDA Advisers Vote Against Approving New Opioid Painkiller A key government panel Tuesday voted unanimously against approval of a powerful opioid prescription painkiller...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Nonetheless, experts say California's online marketplace increased competition in the state's individual market. Meanwhile, lower-than-expected enrollment in Oregon creates budget issues, and a Democratic congresswoman from Arizona calls on the administration...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is running for governor of Pennsylvania, and Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist tout the improvements from the law. The Washington Post: Landrieu: I'll Put GOP Foe On Defensive On...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Record sales of the pricey new drug, Sovaldi, pushed first-quarter earnings of Gilead Sciences beyond expectations. Meanwhile, Novartis' recently announced deals with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly show manufacturers' swing towards specialization, reports...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Though this health law provision continues to be controversial and is the subject of various legal challenges, a recent survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found that 69 percent of Americans support the requirement. Los Angeles Times:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from Ohio, Oklahoma, California, Idaho, Tennessee, Nebraska, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Georgia and Washington state. The Wall Street Journal: Court Strikes Down Ohio Hospital Merger A federal appeals court on Tuesday...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Jonathan Blum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services principal deputy administrator, will leave May 16.   The Wall Street Journal: Blum To Leave Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services Jonathan Blum, a top official at the Centers for...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The challenge, brought by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., targets the rule allowing the federal government to pay part of the health insurance premiums for lawmakers and some staffers. The Washington Post: 38 GOP Lawmakers Join Ron Johnson’s Obamacare Lawsuit...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Republicans in the General Assembly are opposed to expanding the program for low-income residents but that could threaten the passage of a state budget. Meanwhile, news outlets look at the issue in North Carolina, Missouri and Arizona. The Washington...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Bill Of Health?" by Mike Luckovich. Here's today's health policy haiku:  WHEN BULLETS BECOME WIZARDS Catch Wizards Fever It's a contagious disease And there is no cure....
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The New York Times: Acceleration Is Forecast For Spending On Health Standing before a roomful of economists, policy makers and health care experts earlier this month, Amitabh Chandra, director of Health Policy Research at Harvard’s Kennedy School of...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Today's headlines include a range of health policy news reports, including developments related to the health law, to the marketplace and at the state level. Kaiser Health News: Is Bigger Better? Idaho Hospital Battle A Microcosm Of Debate Over Industry...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured — one of many factors potentially leading to higher premium rates in...
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News outlets report how, as the overhaul "chips away" at the nation's number of people without insurance, the law's solutions to the problem often come with challenges of their own.   The New York Times: Looking At Costs And Risks, Many Skip Health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The New York Times: Autism And The Agitator What do you call someone who sows misinformation, stokes fear, abets behavior that endangers people's health, extracts enormous visibility from doing so and then says the equivalent of "Who? Me?" I'm not aware...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from Tennessee, Hawaii, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas. NPR: Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon be jailed in...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The drug, Moxduo, allows patients to take lower doses of other painkillers. Elsewhere, a Food and Drug Administration official talks about another painkiller, Zohydro. NPR: Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval The Food and Drug Administration...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The makers of a pomegranate juice called Pom Wonderful ask the court to rule that Coca-Cola is falsely labeling its Pomegranate Blueberry juice that is 99.4 percent apple and grape juice. Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Seems Inclined To Bolster Truth-In-Labeling...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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In California, it was Anthem Blue Cross, while Kaiser Permanente, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and the Colorado HealthOP appeared to fare well through that state's online insurance marketplace. Meanwhile, reports also track how the small business...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Medicaid expansion news from Virginia and Kansas as well as a report about how some CHIP advocates are now concerned about how the expansion could impact the insurance program for children. The Associated Press: Va. Gov. McAuliffe Touts First 100...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The deal, worth billions, will also see Novartis sell its vaccines unit to Glaxo and partner with Glaxo on their consumer divisions. Novartis also said it will sell its animal health division to Eli Lily. The Wall Street Journal: Novartis Buys GlaxoSmithKline's...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A Fox poll finds more than half of voters are inclined to support candidates that oppose the health overhaul, but Democrats say that other polls show a band of independent voters who may not like the law but don't want it repealed. Fox News: Fox News...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including marketplace news about the Novartis purchase of GlaxoSmithKline's oncology unit for $14.5 billion. Kaiser Health News: Waiting For Medicaid To Kick In Kaiser Health News staff...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The open enrollment season has ended, but readers continue to have questions about coverage under the health law. Q. Do we have to carry our 24-year-old daughter on our health insurance policy? She is employed and has two degrees. We informed her that...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Michelle Andrews | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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