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What Consumer-Driven Health Care Really Means

17 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Firedoglake

The much touted goal of "consumer driven" health care ends up being people struggling alone through an incredibly complex set of rules and fighting with a private insurance industry that has every incentive to make the rules as confusing as possible so you end up paying more than you should. Show More Summary

For the second straight cycle, Dems place bet on Medicare

It’s widely accepted as incontrovertible fact that the politics of health care this cycle are nothing but a disaster for Democrats. But if Republicans are certain that Obamacare will win them the Senate, Dems are seeking to turn the health care debate to their advantage by hitting Republicans on Medicare — just as they did […]

Obamacare Expanding Healthcare Access For Trans People

1 hour agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A growing number of low-income people who identify as transgender are finding that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is making it easier for them to transition. One of Obamacare’s key components is the requirement that health care providers provide coverage...

The New Health Care: Baby’s Drug Co-Pay Jumps, and a Health Reporter Is Stumped

Trying to unravel a health plan’s policy on prescription costs offers fresh evidence of just how confusing the American health care system really is.

Did the Health Law Raise or Lower Wages?

Salim Furth: The unexpected drop in wages scores a point for analysts who said the Affordable Care Act would lower wages.

5 Cat Therapies to Consider on National Holistic Pet Day

Given the rapid growth of complementary medicine in human health care, it’s not surprising that it has also made its way into veterinary medicine. Holistic or integrative medicine is not without controversy, though: Some treatments have been scientifically proven to have benefits, but others have not. Show More Summary

Dr. Andrew Wakefield Discusses CDC Vaccine Fraud

By Anne Dachel Members of the media don't seem to care that many in the autism community consider them to be mere stooges of health officials who themselves have a vast web of ties to the pharmaceutical industry. But there...

Pennsylvania to Purchase Private Care for Its Poor

14 hours agoHealth : NYT: Health

Pennsylvania will become the 27th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, using federal funds to buy private health insurance for some 500,000 low-income residents starting next year.

Obamacare premiums will decrease 2 percent in Arkansas

19 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Perhaps Rep. Tom Cotton would care to revise his statement about how Obamacare "drove up the cost of […] health insurance premiums." Cotton, running for the Senate in Arkansas, has been trying to justify his opposition to the law and his dozens of votes for repeal. Show More Summary

Hobby Lobby isn't the only birth control access hurdle

19 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The major achilles heel of Obamacare working as healthcare reform policy is that it keeps insurance companies largely in control of the health care people can access. That's compounded by the reliance on state insurance regulators to do the heavy lifting when it comes to making sure that insurers comply with all the provisions of the federal law. Show More Summary

O.C. reports 2nd West Nile death this year, 8th so far in the state

A 70-year-old Huntington Beach man has become the second person in Orange County to die from West Nile virus this year, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Contraception, Obamacare subsidies and ice buckets: Health care’s summer to remember

Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it […]

Focus On Preventive Care As The Long-Term Strategy To Improve Health

There has been a lot of press about the rising maternal mortality rates in the United States in spite of the fact that we spend nearly $30 billion dollars a year caring for mothers and their babies. What is happening? According to the...Show More Summary

A VA exit strategy

LEBANON, NH ­– As the federal government plans its exit strategy from the war, now may be the time for it to rethink its role in providing health care to veterans, says a Perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. read more

CBO’s Spending Projections Map the Coming Fiscal Battle

Without changes in the law, health care, Social Security, and interest on the debt will eat up 85 percent of all new federal government spending over the next 10 years, according to the latest estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. Show More Summary

GOP Governor In Tough Re-election Bid Prepares To Implement Obamacare

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce that it has granted a waiver and reached agreement with the state to provide health care coverage to 281,000 low-income residents. The post GOP Governor In Tough Re-election Bid Prepares To Implement Obamacare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Ripple Effect of Ebola on Health Care in West Africa

The unfolding Ebola crisis in Africa that has claimed 1,400 lives -- 80 of whom were health workers -- is a tragedy. That many of those who have died would be alive today but for the absence of items such as gloves and masks is unconscionable. The...Show More Summary

How much health care data is mined without your knowledge?

The Business Insider article, “Senator Warns Fitbit is a Privacy Nightmare and Could be Tracking Your Movements,” reports that Senator Chuck Schumer called for federal protections to prevent companies like Fitbit from collecting, sharing and selling consumer data to health insurers, employers and others. Show More Summary

The RUC. "an Independent Group of Physicians?" - But It Includes Executives and Board Members of For-Profit Health Care Corporations and Large Hospital Systems

Introduction We just discussed how a major story in Politico has once again drawn attention to the opaque RUC (Resource Based Relative Value System Update Committee) and its important role in determining what physicians are paid forShow More Summary

AP Relays Left's Charges That Health Insurance Cos. Still Discriminate Against the Sick in Coverage

The Golden Age of Obamacare has apparently not led to the Golden Age of access to medical care anywhere, any time its promoters promised. Thanks to non-payments, the true enrollment numbers aren't what we've been told. The networks patients can access — approved by government regulators — are often highly restricted. Show More Summary

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