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Rising complaints of unauthorized Obamacare plan-switching and sign-ups trigger concern

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Federal and state regulators aren’t doing enough to stop the growing problem of rogue health insurance brokers making unauthorized policy switches for Affordable Care Act policyholders, say consumers, agents, nonprofit enrollee assistance groups, and other insurance experts.

“We think it’s urgent and it requires a lot more attention and ...Read more

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Fact check: Biden is right about $35 insulin cap but exaggerates prior costs for Medicare enrollees

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Insulin for Medicare beneficiaries “was costing 400 bucks a month on average. It now costs $35 a month.”

President Joe Biden, in a March 22 speech

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The cost of insulin in the United States has risen considerably in recent years, with some estimates finding that Americans have paid around 10 times as much for the drug as people in ...Read more

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Gov. Kelly vetoes Kansas ban on gender transition surgery, hormone therapy for trans youth

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill that would ban transgender minors from receiving gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy, setting up another veto override fight over efforts to regulate the lives of trans residents.

Kelly, a Democrat, described the legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature as divisive, ...Read more

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Nearly 1 in 4 adults dumped from Medicaid are now uninsured, survey finds

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Nearly a quarter of adults disenrolled from Medicaid in the past year say they are now uninsured, according to a survey released Friday that details how tens of millions of Americans struggled to retain coverage in the government insurance program for low-income people after pandemic-era protections began expiring last spring.

The first ...Read more

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After uphill battle, company is poised for takeover of bankrupt California hospital

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MODESTO, Calif. — When American Advanced Management made a bid for the bankrupt Madera Community Hospital last year, many local officials and others involved in trying to reopen the facility didn’t take the company seriously.

The 11-year-old firm, based in Modesto, was already running a handful of small, rural hospitals, but Madera had far ...Read more

Nitazenes found in 5 overdose deaths in Philly – here’s what they are and why they’re so deadly

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The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office found that nitazenes, a synthetic opioid up to 40 times more powerful than fentanyl, were connected to at least five overdose deaths in Philadelphia in the past two years.

The nitazene deaths are just a small part of a much bigger problem. A record 1,413 people died from overdoses on ...Read more

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After losing Medicaid, parents of Florida's sickest kids are in limbo

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Osceola resident Oscar Hernandez is scrambling to ensure his 16-year-old terminally ill son, Llarell, will continue to receive medical care.

Llarell is paralyzed and relies on three life support machines and specialized nursing care for 16 hours per day. Hernandez thought his son would receive Medicaid coverage for the rest of ...Read more

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Illinois unionized healthcare workers say staffing shortages compromise safety

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Health care workers and advocates held a rally inside the Illinois State Capitol on Thursday to promote legislation aimed at enhancing the safety of hospital employees amid staffing shortages at some medical facilities.

“This is something that impacts the workers but then think about your loved ones when they are the ...Read more

Domestic violence survivors seek homeless services from a system that often leaves them homeless

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About 1 in every 3 women, and 1 in 4 men, will experience domestic violence over their lifetime. Since domestic violence can escalate to the point of serious injury or murder, survivors must take action to increase their safety – potentially even fleeing their homes.

Of the total homicides that occurred in the U.S. in 2020, 34% of ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic study finds active workstations may improve cognitive performance

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — A recent Mayo Clinic study suggests that active workstations incorporating a walking pad, bike, stepper and/or standing desk are successful strategies for reducing sedentary time and improving mental cognition at work without reducing job performance. Extended sedentary behavior, whether at work or home, increases a person's...Read more

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The horrors of TMJ: Chronic pain, metal jaws and futile treatments

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A TMJ patient in Maine had six surgeries to replace part or all of the joints of her jaw.

Another woman in California, desperate for relief, used a screwdriver to lengthen her jawbone daily, turning screws that protruded from her neck.

A third in New York had bone from her rib and fat from her belly grafted into her jaw joint, and twice a ...Read more

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Having surgery? Here's what patients can ask surgeons to help prevent a particularly harmful error

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When a surgeon accidentally leaves a surgical tool inside a patient’s body after a procedure, the harm can be severe. The patient can suffer from life-threatening infections, organ damage, and an additional surgery to remove the object.

This type of medical error is extremely rare. But it does happen:

An Inquirer investigation identified 203...Read more

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Attacks on emergency room workers prompt debate over tougher penalties

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Patients hurl verbal abuse at Michelle Ravera every day in the emergency room. Physical violence is less common, she said, but has become a growing threat.

Ravera, an ER nurse at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, recalled an incident in which an agitated patient wanted to leave. “Without any warning he just reached up, grabbed my glasses, ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Advances in treating kidney cancer

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Kidney cancer is one the most common cancers in the U.S., with over 81,000 new diagnoses in 2023 alone. Mayo Clinic sees a high volume of kidney cancer cases and is among the most experienced institutions in treating kidney tumors.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Aaron Potretzke, a Mayo Clinic urologist, explains how advances in diagnostics and...Read more

PFAS ‘forever chemicals’: Why EPA set federal drinking water limits for these health-harming contaminants

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The more scientists learn about the health risks of PFAS, found in everything from nonstick cookware to carpets to ski wax, the more concerning these “forever chemicals” become.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now believes there is no safe level for two common PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – in drinking water, and it ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: There’s something about sauerkraut

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“Sauerkraut” is simply the German word for sour cabbage.

The folklore

Although sauerkraut is considered to be a national dish of Germany, and has been a staple of the German diet since the 1600s, it didn’t originate in Germany. It is believed to have originated in China and was then brought to Europe. Originally, sauerkraut was fermented...Read more

Eating Well: 7 vegetables you can eat from root to stem

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The average American household wastes nearly $2,000 worth of food a year. Fighting food waste sounds smart, right? What it doesn’t sound: delicious. That’s where this use-the-whole-veg, root-to-leaf cooking approach comes in. Here are some delicious ways to make the most of your vegetable bounty. 100% outrageously good food. Zero waste.

1. ...Read more

Do children get migraine headaches? What parents need to know

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Headaches are very common in children and teens. In fact, more than half will suffer from headaches at some point, and by 18 years the majority of adolescents have had them. And while most headaches are part of a viral illness, some are migraines. In fact, recurring migraines affect as many as one in 10 children and teens overall.

What should ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Are energy drinks a healthy option?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband has swapped out his regular morning coffee for an energy drink. Are these healthy options for getting his daily dose of caffeine? Do energy drinks have more caffeine than regular coffee? And how much caffeine is too much?

ANSWER: People love their caffeine, whether it’s coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks like your...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 ways to prevent head and neck cancer

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Throat cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers, and it is often linked to HPV. Oropharyngeal cancer, or throat cancer, is a type of head and neck cancer that can be divided into two subgroups: HPV-associated cancers and non-HPV-associated cancers. And depending on the type of subgroup, they are treated differently.

Dr. Katharine Price, a ...Read more