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Customer feuds, claims denials mar health plans Trump backs

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NEW YORK -- The short-term medical plans promoted in President Donald Trump's new executive order on health care have a long history of customer disputes over pre-existing conditions and denied claims -- just the sort of scenarios that were being weeded out by Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act pushes Americans to buy comprehensive long-term ...Read more

Trump acting solo: What you need to know about changes to the health law

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WASHINGTON--Apparently frustrated by Congress' inability to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump this week decided to take matters into his own hands.

Late Thursday evening, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at giving ...Read more

While Trump moves to dismantle health law, public favors repair

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump has collided with a wave of public disagreement by moving to strip the Affordable Care Act of provisions intended to keep insurance prices stable.

In a poll conducted before Trump's Thursday announcement of unilateral changes to the law, 71 percent of the public said they preferred the administration try to ...Read more

Trump takes over Obamacare political risks with end of subsidies

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WASHINGTON -- After months of pinning the blame for Obamacare's shortcomings on Democrats and watching his own party fail to act, President Donald Trump just took ownership of a struggle that's consumed Republicans for seven years.

Trump's decision late Thursday to end government subsidies to insurers to help lower-income Americans afford to ...Read more

Trump health care move threatens sharply higher premiums, market chaos

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's move late Thursday to cut off critical federal payments to health insurers sent shock waves through the health care system Friday, threatening widespread disruption to markets nationwide and igniting new legal and political battles over the Affordable Care Act.

Caught in the middle are millions of ...Read more

'Call me,' Trump tells Democrats after nixing Obamacare subsidies

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WASHINGTON -- "Call me."

That was the message early Friday morning from President Donald Trump to Democrats after he drew their ire late Thursday night for canceling subsidies they immediately said would drive up insurance premiums.

Trump took to Twitter even earlier than usual, 5:36 a.m., to boast about his decision, which Democrats and some ...Read more

First locally transmitted Zika case recorded in Florida in 2017

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MIAMI--Florida's first locally transmitted case of Zika in 2017 was confirmed in Manatee County on Thursday, the state health department reported.

Health officials said they have no additional evidence that mosquitoes are spreading the virus in Manatee County, which is on the Gulf Coast, south of St. Petersburg and Tampa. But the health ...Read more

Trump issues order to deregulate health insurance, promising 'Obamacare relief'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump moved Thursday to scale back rules on health insurance across the country in the administration's most ambitious effort to date to use its regulatory powers to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The controversial new executive order Trump issued aims to open the way for a greater number of relatively cheap ...Read more

Breast cancer is more visible than ever, but young survivors fight to be seen

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MIAMI -- Valerie Bunt doesn't look like your typical breast cancer survivor.

A mother to a thriving 8-year-old, Bunt usually spends her days working in her family's legal headhunting firm and caring for her daughter. She has long brown hair, with no evidence of the toll of chemotherapy. And strangers don't know about the surgery scars that ...Read more

'Quietest place on Earth' finds purpose in healing humans

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Inside this small room -- lined on all six sides with deep, fiberglass spikes -- there is no background noise. No sounds from the street, the vents, the outside world. Only silence.

But in that silence, many visitors find their own bodies become quite noisy.

Sitting in this anechoic chamber, they suddenly hear their blood flow, ...Read more

California slaps surcharge on ACA plans as Trump remains coy on subsidies

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LOS ANGELES -- California's health exchange said Wednesday it has ordered insurers to add a surcharge to certain policies next year because the Trump administration has yet to commit to paying a key set of consumer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision to impose a 12.4 percent surcharge on silver-level health plans in 2018 means...Read more

Obamacare 101: How Trump might 'use the power of the pen' to overhaul health care

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who has been unable to get Republicans in Congress to roll back the Affordable Care Act, is promising to issue an executive order this week that he says will offer relief to consumers facing rising insurance premiums.

Administration officials are reportedly looking at ways to loosen health insurance ...Read more

'Guns kill people,' and leading doctors want to treat them like any other threat to public health

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The doctors who lead the medical profession's debates on how best to preserve and restore our health are done with moments of silence in the face of gun-related violence.

In the wake of a mass shooting that killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas, they neither minced words nor observed political niceties in describing the threat...Read more

Overlooked by Obamacare: Many people paying full price for insurance 'getting slammed'

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Paul Melquist of St. Paul, Minn., has a message for the people who wrote the Affordable Care Act: "Quit wrecking my health care."

Teri Goodrich, of Raleigh, N.C., has the same complaint. "We're getting slammed. We didn't budget for this," she said.

Millions of people have gained health insurance because of the federal health law. Millions more...Read more

Why whole grains are the healthier choice

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Want to be a healthier eater? Focus on whole grains. These unrefined grains are linked to a lower risk for heart disease, certain cancers and other health problems.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends at least half of all the grains you eat be whole grains.

Not all breads are created equal.

"The healthiest bread option is ...Read more

Even Republican states feel left in the lurch by the Trump administration's management of health care

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WASHINGTON -- As it works to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is letting state health initiatives languish, frustrating a growing number of state leaders, including several from solidly Republican states.

Last week, Oklahoma's health secretary sent a blistering letter to senior administration officials, taking them to...Read more

Choosing colorful, healthy foods

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Dear Mayo Clinic: I notice a lot of food products, including cereals, no longer use artificial colors. Is this because food dyes are harmful?

A: There's no solid evidence that artificial colors in food cause health problems. But there aren't any health benefits associated with artificial colors, so removing them from foods isn't a bad idea. ...Read more

Trump again says he's open to a health care deal with Democrats; Senate leader balks

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WASHINGTON –– With Republicans having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that he has again asked Democrats to make a deal. They remain wary, at best.

"I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill," Trump said Saturday in a Twitter post, referring to ...Read more

Cause, remedies for thumb arthritis

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It's a condition that can have you giving a thumbs-down to activities that require gripping and pinching motions.

Thumb arthritis causes pain and swelling in the thumb, and makes it difficult to do simple tasks, such as swinging golf clubs, turning doorknobs and opening jars.

It's a common injury, especially for women. The good news is there ...Read more

How to deal with back-to-school bullying

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Dear Mayo Clinic: My daughter is 9 and worried about going to school this fall because she was picked on by some of her classmates last year. Should I talk to her teachers about this or wait to see how it goes? I am trying to avoid being overprotective but don't want her to worry about being bullied. What do you recommend?

A: Taking steps now ...Read more