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Children With Disabilities Face Special Back-to-School Challenges

2021-10-20 Children With Disabilities Face Special Back-to-School Challenges Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News LOS ANGELES — Christopher Manzo, a boy with curly brown hair and bright-blue-and-yellow glasses, has lived a third of his five years at home because of the pandemic. And he is more than ready for kindergarten. Hand in hand with his […]

A major federal response to occupational extreme heat is here at last

      A major federal response to occupational extreme heat is here at last   Constructions workers in warm climates are often exposed to dangerous heat. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Lynée Turek-Hankins, University of Miami and Katharine Mach, University of Miami The summer of 2021 was devilishly hot across much of the U.S. Just five minutes […]

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Dispensing Doctors: Should Physicians Sell Drugs to Patients?

2021-10-18 Dispensing Doctors: Should Physicians Sell Drugs to Patients? By Michael Schulson Sometime around 2007 or 2008, Samantha Jefferies came to her brother Trent with a request: Could he help figure out an easier way for doctors to sell prescription drugs to their patients? Typically, when doctors want their patients to take a drug, they […]

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How to Crush Medical Debt: 5 Tips for Using Hospital Charity Care

2021-10-17 How to Crush Medical Debt: 5 Tips for Using Hospital Charity Care Emily Pisacreta What if a law passed but no one enforced it? That’s essentially what has happened with one small but helpful rule about hospitals and financial assistance for medical bills. The Affordable Care Act, the health law also known as Obamacare, […]

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Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? The Pros and Cons of a New Twist in Health Plans

2021-10-16 Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? The Pros and Cons of a New Twist in Health Plans Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News At the height of the covid-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that […]

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Surprise-Billing Rule ‘Puts a Thumb on the Scale’ to Keep Arbitrated Costs in Check

2021-10-15 Surprise-Billing Rule ‘Puts a Thumb on the Scale’ to Keep Arbitrated Costs in Check Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Patients are months away from not having to worry about most surprise medical bills — those extra costs that can amount to hundreds or thousands of dollars when people are unknowingly treated by an out-of-network […]

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Health Industry Wields Power in California’s High-Stakes Battle to Lower Health Care Costs

2010-10-14 Health Industry Wields Power in California’s High-Stakes Battle to Lower Health Care Costs Angela Hart and Samantha Young SACRAMENTO — Gavin Newsom put California’s health care industry on notice when he was a candidate for governor, vowing in 2018 to go after the insurance companies, doctors and hospitals that leave many Californians struggling with […]

6 Months to Live or Die: How Long Should an Alcoholic Liver Disease Patient Wait for a Transplant?

6 Months to Live or Die: How Long Should an Alcoholic Liver Disease Patient Wait for a Transplant? Aneri Pattani October 13, 2021 The night before Brian Gorzney planned to check into rehab for alcohol use, he began vomiting blood. First at 2 a.m. Then 5. And again at 11. When he arrived at the […]

Organ Centers to Transplant Patients: Get a Covid Shot or Move Down on Waitlist

2021-10-10 Organ Centers to Transplant Patients: Get a Covid Shot or Move Down on Waitlist JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News   A Colorado kidney transplant candidate who was bumped to inactive status for failing to get a covid-19 vaccine has become the most public example of an argument roiling the nation’s more than 250 organ […]

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Needle Exchanges Are Targeted by Eco-Rooted Lawsuits. A New California Law Will Stop That.

2021-10-08 Needle Exchanges Are Targeted by Eco-Rooted Lawsuits. A New California Law Will Stop That. Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — For more than 30 years, public health officials and nonprofits in California have provided clean hypodermic needles to people who use them to inject drugs. For nearly that entire time, opponents […]

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