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Time to revisit sun protection for the whole family

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Spring sunshine is finally here, and summer is fast approaching. As adults and kids gear up for beach vacations, outdoor play and dining alfresco, it's a good time to revisit sun protection for the whole family.

The Skin Cancer Foundation, on its website, recommends nine simple ways to protect your skin, including using a broad-spectrum ...Read more

Was the CBO report on health care bill good or bad? Depends on whom you ask

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WASHINGTON -- The revised House Republican bill to replace Obamacare would leave 23 million people without health insurance by 2026 and 14 million uninsured in its first year, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office.

The new estimates for the American Health Care Act are a slight improvement over ...Read more

CBO analysis: Millions would lose health coverage under House-passed bill

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The much-anticipated report cast a new shadow over the controversial legislation and likely ...Read more

Ryan on GOP health care bill: 'We will get hit for this'

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan is acutely aware that Republicans will be attacked over the health care bill that his chamber passed a few weeks ago, but the Wisconsin Republican felt that inaction was not an option.

"I'll accept that we will get hit for this," Ryan said Wednesday at an Axios' News Shapers event. "But we're in leadership. We...Read more

Republican senator seeks to save Obamacare before dismantling it

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander has found himself in an uncommon position for most Republicans this year: trying to save the shaky insurance markets created by the 2010 health care law before attending to a major overhaul of the law.

The opinions of the Tennessee's senior senator carry significant weight among his colleagues. He is a close ...Read more

Senate Republicans face pressure to buck Trump and stabilize health markets

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans face increasing pressure to rescue health insurance markets and protect coverage for millions of Americans amid growing fears the Trump administration is going let the markets collapse.

In recent days, leading hospitals, physician groups, health insurers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have pleaded with the ...Read more

Health insurers plan higher premiums as exasperation with Trump grows

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WASHINGTON -- Health insurers across the country are making plans to significantly raise premiums or leave Affordable Care Act marketplaces as exasperation grows with the Trump administration's erratic management of the program.

Meanwhile, state insurance regulators -- Democratic and Republican -- have increasingly concluded they cannot count ...Read more

Trump administration gets delays on decision over legal challenge to Obamacare aid for the poor

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WASHINGTON -- A federal court Monday granted the Trump administration more time to decide how to handle a lawsuit challenging federal healthcare aid for low-income Americans who rely on Obamacare health plans.

The move may put off a showdown over the assistance, which health insurers and many experts believe is crucial to sustaining insurance ...Read more

New mail campaign highlights AHCA impact on older voters

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WASHINGTON -- Older voters in two GOP districts are the targets of a new direct mail campaign highlighting higher costs for seniors under the GOP health care bill.

The liberal advocacy group Save My Care is launching a direct mail campaign this weekend aimed at 30,000 voters between the ages of 50 and 64 in Arizona's 2nd District, home to Rep. ...Read more

How you should be exhaling

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Much has been taught in the realm of relaxation around taking deep breaths.

But how much do we think about ending a breath well?

The exhale is the most important part, says Belisa Vranich, author of "Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health."

Her book (and Breathing Class workshops for ...Read more

Studies estimate impact of AHCA on health insurance

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The good old days of health insurance pricing could return, depending on what part of the country people live in.

Before the Affordable Care Act, it was difficult to buy an individual health insurance policy for those who were pregnant, had sleep apnea or diabetes, among other problems. These were reasons that insurers used to automatically ...Read more

House may be forced to vote again on GOP's Obamacare repeal bill

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., hasn't yet sent the bill to the Senate because there's a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending...Read more

Obamacare premiums could skyrocket next year amid uncertain repeal efforts

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WASHINGTON -- Early rate filings by Obamacare insurers suggest consumers will face significantly higher premiums for marketplace coverage next year due to regulatory and political uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

After significant premium hikes in 2017 corrected for underpricing by insurers the previous two years, most analysts ...Read more

Health insurers, state officials say Trump is undermining Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Health insurers across the country are making plans to dramatically raise Obamacare premiums or exit marketplaces amid growing exasperation with the Trump administration's erratic management, inconsistent guidance and seeming lack of understanding of basic health care issues.

At the same time, state insurance regulators -- both ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: Protect yourself and your family from Zika

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As the 2017 mosquito season gets underway in many warm areas of the nation, so do renewed concerns about Zika virus and its effect on human health and unborn babies.

Zika virus is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). This leads to concerns of neurologic complications, and concerns in ...Read more

U. of C. Medicine, Google hope to use patterns in patient records to predict health

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CHICAGO -- As a patient, your electronic medical record contains a wealth of information about you: vital signs, notes from physicians and medications.

Doctors use that information to track your medical history and keep tabs on you in the hospital -- but what if they could also use it to predict your future health?

It's an idea inching closer ...Read more

Secret sauce in Maine's successful high-risk pool: enough money

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As the GOP health care bill moves from the U.S. House of Representatives to the Senate, many consumers and lawmakers are especially worried that people with pre-existing conditions won't be able to find affordable health coverage.

There are a number of strategies under consideration, but one option touted by House Republicans borrows an idea ...Read more

Experts measure food waste not in dollars or tons, but by the toll it takes on Americans' health

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You may have heard that Americans waste more than 38 million tons of food each year, or that the value all this discarded food adds up to about $165 billion annually.

That's bad enough, but consider this: If all that lost food were put on people's plates, it would be enough to provide more than 190 million adults with 2,000 calories of energy ...Read more

Shut out by House GOP, industry pins health bill hopes on Senate

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WASHINGTON -- The health care world is gearing up for a lobbying offensive to persuade Republican U.S. senators to address their problems with an Obamacare replacement that was conceived in the House in a virtual vacuum.

Insurers, doctors, patient groups and most health care experts are pinning their hopes on the Senate being more receptive ...Read more

Pre-existing conditions and continuous coverage: key elements of GOP bill

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Before he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2015, Anthony Kinsey often went without health insurance. He is a contract lawyer working for staffing agencies on short-term projects in the Washington, D.C., area, and sometimes the 90-day waiting period for coverage through a staffing agency proved longer than the duration of his project, ...Read more


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