Health & Spirit

As California GOP lawmakers lie low after health vote, activists fire up to oust them

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LOS ANGELES--In Orange County, Rep. Mimi Walters was nowhere to be found when more than 800 people showed up at an Irvine high school for an activist-organized town hall.

Outside Rep. Darrell Issa's Vista office, hundreds of protesters, some dressed in hospital gowns or holding crutches, arrived for a "sick in" protesting his vote to approve a ...Read more

Women, who could be big losers in health care bill, use Mother's Day to fight back

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WASHINGTON -- As an all-male working group of 13 Republican senators works to give the nation's health care system a conservative makeover, women's advocates are using Mother's Day to illustrate how replacing the Affordable Care Act could disproportionately hurt more than half the country's adult population.

Under the GOP plan that narrowly ...Read more

Kicked out of congressman's building, a tearful mom shares Obamacare story with millions

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A tearful mom's Facebook Live account of being kicked out of North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry's Gaston County office building over his vote to repeal Obamacare has gone viral.

Julie Anderson began streaming her story on the morning of May 5, as she was being escorted by a sheriff's deputy from the Gaston County ...Read more

Arthritis in the hands more common than you might think, study says

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Arthritis in the hands is more common than you might think. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will develop the condition in their lifetime, according to a new study.

The risk of symptomatic hand osteoarthritis also varies by race and weight.

Aching or swelling hands, decreased motion and stiffness are all symptoms of osteoarthritis. The study...Read more

CMS gives states until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards on home and community-based care

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WASHINGTON--The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being forced to go into nursing homes.

Federal standards requiring states find ways of delivering care to Medicaid enrollees in home and community-based settings will take effect in...Read more

Crucial health bills have a fraught path amid partisan blowups

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WASHINGTON -- A highly anticipated markup of a must-pass Food and Drug Administration bill was postponed Wednesday because of partisan sparring over the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey. The delay comes after the Senate Finance Committee last week indefinitely postponed a hearing on the Children's Health Insurance Program because of the ...Read more

Parents of sick children fear trap if states have say on 'pre-existing conditions'

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Ryan Lennon Fines of Missouri seems like a typical 2-year-old. He and his parents, Scott Fines and Brianna Lennon, flip through a picture book of emergency vehicles. Ryan is looking for the motorcycle, but a photo of an airplane catches his dad's eye.

"That's an air ambulance," Fines tells him. "You've been on one of those."

When Ryan was born...Read more

Some Democrats 'adopt a district' to talk health care

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One House Democrat was in enemy territory Monday night, and he was on a mission.

"I'm Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney," the New York lawmaker told a crowd gathered at an industrial event space in Kingston in a neighboring Empire State district. "Where the heck is your congressman?"

Maloney was participating in his "Adopt a District" event, an idea ...Read more

Treating skin abrasions known as 'raspberries'

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Raspberries are usually bright red and painful, and, no -- not the fruit.

Raspberries, strawberries, road rash -- whatever you call these scrapes -- are painful and can be difficult to treat. Some suggest wrapping the wound, while others suggest airing it out.

Chelsea Mann, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician, sets the ...Read more

'Boot camp' helps Alzheimer's, dementia caregivers take care of themselves, too

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LOS ANGELES -- Gary Carmona thought he could do it all. He's run companies and chaired nonprofit boards. But since his wife was diagnosed with dementia, Carmona, 77, has felt overwhelmed.

"I really see myself at times crashing," he said. "In my mind, I'm saying, 'You know, I can't really handle all this.'"

There was the time his wife, Rochelle...Read more

Celebrities open up about mental health struggles hoping to help others

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CHICAGO -- Many find it difficult to speak out about mental illness. Some worry what others will think of them. Some are concerned it will negatively affect their career. Some fear the information would be a burden on family and friends.

Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw had these same fears before talking publicly about her depression and ...Read more

Scrapping 'essential benefits' may be biggest health care change

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WASHINGTON -- Critics of the Republican health care plan the House passed last week mostly have focused on how it might harm Americans with pre-existing health conditions and poor and disabled people who rely on Medicaid -- two vulnerable, but defined, populations.

But another change might have more far-reaching effects: eliminating the ...Read more

GOP senators can cut Obamacare taxes or preserve coverage for millions, but probably not both

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WASHINGTON -- As they take up the campaign to replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans face a critical choice between cutting taxes or preserving health coverage for millions of Americans, two competing demands that may yet derail the GOP push to roll back the 2010 health care law.

House Republicans, who passed their own Obamacare ...Read more

Elections, other priorities may slow Senate's work on Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Don't bet on Obamacare being repealed and replaced this summer, or even this fall. Or maybe even this year.

Nine Republican senators face re-election in 2018. While seven appear safe, turmoil over health care could change the equation quickly, and Republicans can only afford a net loss of three seats. The GOP currently controls 52...Read more

Senate GOP plans secret health care debate that may take months

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican leaders are starting what's shaping up to be a secretive process to write their version of an Obamacare overhaul -- even after some GOP senators complained that the House devised sweeping health care legislation behind closed doors.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky held a private meeting Tuesday...Read more

Republicans face wrath over health care vote

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WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers across the country have faced crowds of angry constituents after they returned home to try to justify their votes on the Republican health care bill last week.

Democrat-aligned groups have promised to try to make House members who voted for the Republican health care bill, called the American Health Care Act, ...Read more

Yes, Americans die earlier without health insurance

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WASHINGTON -- Do people die because they lack health insurance?

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, found himself in a pickle -- and in monologue by late night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel -- when he suggested they don't. He later elaborated that he was making the point that no one would "die in the streets" under the Republican health care plan, ...Read more

Yes, Americans die earlier without health insurance

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WASHINGTON -- Do people die because they lack health insurance?

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, found himself in a pickle (and in a cameo in a Jimmy Kimmel monologue) when he suggested they don't. He later elaborated that he was making the point that no one would "die in the streets" under the Republican health care plan, because hospitals are ...Read more

Obamacare premiums rise as insurers fret over law's shaky future

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NEW YORK -- Health insurers are asking for sharp increases in the cost of their Obamacare plans next year, thanks to instability in the law's coverage markets that's been compounded by the Trump administration.

In Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut -- the first states to make filings public -- premiums for Affordable Care Act plans will rise ...Read more

Iowa Rep. Blum defends GOP health care bill but not process

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Rep. Rod Blum faced his constituents Monday night to defend the Republican health care bill, but agreed with critics who chided the "rushed" process.

The Iowa Republican attempted to explain what he viewed as the merits of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act. Though he agreed with one constituent who raised concerns that House ...Read more

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