A Chance to Expand Medicaid Rallies Democrats in North Carolina

The legislature in this battleground state could flip to Democratic control, a prospect that is bringing out lower-income voters who stayed home in 2016.

#elections-state-legislature, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #north-carolina, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #voting-and-voters

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UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #influenza, #medicare, #medicare-advantage, #tamiflu-drug, #telemedicine, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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5 Policy Issues Where Trump and Biden Diverged at Final Debate

The debate on Thursday night had long stretches of illuminating policy discussion on climate change, health care, the coronavirus, immigration and criminal and racial justice.

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As Tropical Destinations Reopen, Here’s What Travelers Need to Know

Hoping short flights and outdoor appeal will lure visitors, countries in the Caribbean and Latin America are taking different approaches to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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N.Y. Accuses Religious Health Cost-Sharing Group of Misleading Consumers

Regulators say a major group is misrepresenting cost-sharing plans, saddling people with unpaid medical bills.

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Has Trump Drawn the Water for a ‘Republican Blood Bath’?

And if he has, what should Biden do with his first term?

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As Open Enrollment Begins, Health Benefits May Not Change Much

Costs are expected to rise about 4 to 5 percent, in line with increases in recent years, as employers seek to avoid adding to their workers’ stress.

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How Kamala Harris Has Approached the Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

Her measured performance reflects the way many Democrats view the battle for the Supreme Court: a fight they will lose in service of one they might win.

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Harris’s New Strategy: A Hearing Appearance That Doesn’t Make Waves

Her measured performance reflects the way many Democrats view the battle for the Supreme Court: a fight they will lose in service of one they might win.

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Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court Could Take Us Backward

In Amy Coney Barrett, Republicans are once again backing a Supreme Court nominee who could take us backward.

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‘Severability’ Could Save Health Law, Graham Says and Barrett Seems to Agree

Warnings from Democrats that Republicans and their Supreme Court nominee threaten the Affordable Care Act elicited reassuring words from both Senator Lindsey Graham and Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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Why Trump’s Efforts to Paint Biden as a Socialist Are Not Working

A barrage of attacks trying to link the Democratic nominee to policies like Medicare for All aren’t hurting him, polls show, as many of the policies remain popular with most Americans.

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A $52,112 Helicopter Ride: Coronavirus Patients Battle Surprise Medical Bills

Congress was close to a solution before getting hit with millions of dollars of ads from private-equity firms. Then the pandemic struck.

#air-methods-corp, #ambulances, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Even as the Economy Grew, More Children Lost Health Insurance

A new analysis shows that coverage levels fell for a third straight year. And that was before the pandemic struck.

#children-and-childhood, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #medicaid, #state-childrens-health-insurance-program-s-chip

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Workers With Health Insurance Face Rising Out-of-Pocket Costs

A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows annual premiums for a family now top $21,000, and deductibles have more than doubled since 2010.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kaiser-family-foundation, #labor-and-jobs, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Standout Video Moments of the Vice-Presidential Debate

The vice-presidential matchup, far less combative than its presidential predecessor the week before, was marked by flashes of tension and political chess moves.

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How Much Would Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment Cost Most Americans?

Even for those with insurance, surprise bills for things not covered can add up fast.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j

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Clover Health Is Acquired in a $3.7 Billion Deal

The health care company hopes to use the money, from an affiliate of the billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, to fuel growth and achieve profitability.

#clover-health-llc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #palihapitiya-chamath

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Kamala Harris and the Push to Cut Hosptal Bills in California

She took on the drug and hospital industry as California attorney general, seeking consumer relief from anti-competitive pricing.

#attorneys-general, #consumer-protection, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #health-affairs-journal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sutter-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Why a Hospital Might Shun a Black Patient

The way medical professionals are paid keeps structural racism alive. It’s unethical and it must change.

#black-people, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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Bidencare Would Be a Big Deal

Don’t dismiss it because it isn’t Medicare for All.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Trump Voters View His Position on Pre-existing Conditions

He has pursued policies to weaken insurance protections, but that’s not reflected in polling of Republicans.

#debates-political, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020

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‘It’s Not in My Head’: They Survived the Coronavirus, but They Never Got Well

With 7 million known cases of the coronavirus across the country, more people are suffering from symptoms that go on and on.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #tests-medical

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Workers Face Looming Cutoffs in Health Insurance

Coverage is a major expense for employers, especially those in small businesses, as they deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout. Many may face end-of-year renewal deadlines that are harder and harder to afford.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #small-business, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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As Covid-19 Looms, Some Workers Face Loss of Health Insurance

Coverage is a major expense for employers, especially those in small businesses, as they deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout. Many may face end-of-year renewal deadlines that are harder and harder to afford.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #small-business, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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Obamacare Returns as Galvanizing Issue After Ginsburg Death, Barrett Nomination

The health law had slipped in voter priorities, but the Supreme Court vacancy and November arguments in a case challenging its constitutionality, have given the Affordable Care Act new urgency.

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Barrett’s Record: A Conservative Who Would Push the Supreme Court to the Right

As an appeals court judge, her opinions have reflected those of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, but with few of his occasional liberal rulings.

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How Trump Hasn’t Protected Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

The president’s promises on health care stand in stark contrast with his legislative, regulatory and legal record.

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An Open Supreme Court Seat Puts Obamacare on the Ballot

A Supreme Court case could eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and the president should be judged for recklessly supporting it.

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If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it.

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Voting G.O.P. Means Voting Against Health Care

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has only raised the stakes.

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How to Pack an Emergency Bag

The first step toward a solid evacuation plan is pulling together all the gear you need, before you need it.

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Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate. New Data Shows It Didn’t Really Matter.

Many experts now view the individual mandate as a policy that did little to increase health coverage — but did a lot to invite political backlash.

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Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.

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Trump’s ‘Secret’ Health Plan Is a Promise Voters May Have Heard Before

On Tuesday night, President Trump told a town-hall-style meeting he had a health plan to replace the Affordable Care Act that’s “all ready,” a pitch he has delivered for four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Poverty Hit a Record Low Before the Pandemic Recession

The share of Americans in poverty in 2019 declined and median incomes were the highest on record, a Census Bureau report showed.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #united-states-economy

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Let’s Fret the Night Together

The Biden campaign and the world it’s playing out in are making us all nervous wrecks.

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Trump Issues Expansive Order Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices

The order expands on a presidential promise by trying to reduce the prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs, but experts said it was unclear whether the White House could carry out the directive.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Tests Are Supposed to Be Free. The Surprise Bills Come Anyway.

Congress sought to ensure that patients would not face costs connected to the virus. But rules are not always being followed.

#consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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Transgender People Face New Legal Fight After Supreme Court Victory

Though the Supreme Court embraced a broad definition of sex in June, the Department of Health and Human Services pressed ahead with changes that narrowed the definition of sex in the Affordable Care Act.

#discrimination, #gender, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

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Health Care Powered Democratic Wins in 2018. The Party Hopes for a Repeat.

With the pandemic highlighting the importance of health coverage, Democrats are leaning into health care as a campaign issue. Republicans appear to be on shakier footing.

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Dermatology Has a Problem With Skin Color

Common conditions often manifest differently on dark skin. Yet physicians are trained mostly to diagnose them on white skin.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #eczema, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #medicaid, #medical-schools, #minorities, #pediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-pims, #psoriasis, #race-and-ethnicity, #skin, #skin-cancer, #textbooks, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Biden, Speaking to National Guard, Takes Aim at Republican Criticism on Crime

The Democratic presidential nominee hit back at attacks delivered at the Republican National Convention.

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Trump Program to Cover Uninsured Covid-19 Patients Falls Short of Promise

Some patients are still receiving staggering bills. Others don’t qualify because conditions other than Covid-19 were their primary diagnosis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicaid, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

A longtime refrain, promise and rallying cry is gone.

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The Democrats Are United to Fight Trump, but Policy Fights Are Looming

The Democratic National Convention showcased Joe Biden’s goals on issues like health care, climate change and the economy. But there is plenty of daylight between his plans and what progressives want to see.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-convention, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #police-reform, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Cites the V.A. as a Central Achievement. But Troubles Simmer.

The department’s long litany of problems has left some questioning why President Trump is trying to make his record there a centerpiece of his re-election campaign.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #wilkie-robert

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Is It OK to Ask Patients for Their Plasma?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to use patient data to solicit antibody donation from members of a community disproportionately affected by Covid-19 — and more.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #minorities

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Judge Blocks Trump Officials’ Attempt to End Transgender Health Protections

The decision arrived a day before a Trump administration rule narrowing the legal definition of sex discrimination was set to take effect.

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How Young People Can Own Their Health Care (Even if They Still See a Pediatrician)

Helping young adults with the skills they need to transition to health care independence — with a bonus script for canceling appointments.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #content-type-service, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #mental-health-and-disorders, #privacy, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #telemedicine

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