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How Gov. Walz's health care buy-in plan works 22.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Walz plan isn't as simple as a MinnesotaCare buy-in. It isn't a single-payer plan. And it wouldn't start right away.
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Introducing Blockchain Impact Award Winner Prescrypto 22.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Prescrypto provides a blockchain-based infrastructure to collect prescribing information, route that information securely to pharmacies, and provide a history of medications used by each patient.
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Introducing Blockchain Impact Winner SimplyVital Health 22.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The healthcare industry is ripe for a blockchain-inspired transformation, and SimplyVital Health is leading the charge.
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Kenney's 'Public Health Guarantee' not worth much, but may be good enough for many voters 21.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga No one ever said Jason Kenney isn't a shrewd politician who knows how to run a campaign, so give the man some credit for his clever effort yesterday to look strong on a weak file for his party and make the NDP look a little weaker on its strongest. The United Conservative Party leader looked for all the world the Canadian Taxpayers Federation agitator he used to be as he bent over to sign a "Public Health Guarantee" on a Coroplast sign promising to maintain health-care funding and "a universally accessible, publicly funded health-care system." One problem with Kenney's guarantees, of course, is that they aren't really worth the plastic sheet they're printed on, as scores of observers were soon pointing out on Twitter. Who can forget the "Grassroots Guarantee" Kenney signed on another piece of plastic last year? He tossed it over the side the instant party members passed a potentially politically embarrassing policy motion on Gay-Straight Alliances at a UCP policy conference in Red ...
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CVS looks to make its drugstores a destination for health care 21.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
With almost 10,000 stores across the country, CVS says it is already where consumers are. The company is transforming some of its stores and their retail clinics into hubs for a wider range of care. https
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Behind the Scenes, Health Insurers Use Cash and Gifts to Sway Which Benefits Employers Choose 21.2.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and NPR’s Shots blog.  The pitches to the health insurance brokers are tantalizing. “Set sail for Bermuda,” says insurance giant Cigna, offering top-selling brokers five days at one of the island’s luxury resorts. Health Net of California’s pitch is not subtle: A smiling woman in a business suit rides […]
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New Details of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Health Venture Emerge in Court Testimony 21.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The health-care joint venture is looking at how to redesign health insurance, among other efforts, according to newly unsealed court testimony from an executive at the health startup.
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Insurers hand out cash and gifts to sway brokers who sell employer health plans 20.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Independent brokers help employers choose health benefits for their staff but are paid by the health insurance industry, creating financial incentives to sell more without regard to cost.
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Colorado hospital prices jumped despite “hope” Medicaid expansion would curtail costs, reports say 20.2.2019 Denver Post: All Political News
In the decade since the state expanded Medicaid, costs have not gone down for Coloradans with private insurance and overall health care expenses have yet to be reined in, according to two reports released in recent weeks.
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In Arkansas, thousands of people have lost Medicaid coverage over new work rule 19.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The state now requires many of its Medicaid beneficiaries to work, go to school or volunteer in order to keep their health insurance. But more than 18,000 have come off the rolls.
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Walz budget: big gas tax hike; more money for schools, health, roads 19.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Gov. Tim Walz said his budget proposal unveiled Tuesday would make "significant strides" lowering health care costs and improving education statewide. But a key Republican derided it as a plan to turn Minnesota into a "cold California."
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California attorney general wants oversight in hospital sale to Santa Clara County 18.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra is asking a federal district judge in Los Angeles to place a hold on the sale of two struggling hospitals to Santa Clara County, a request the county says could scuttle the purchase.

Becerra’s action is the latest skirmish in a years-long effort by the state...

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Englewood-based Westmoreland Coal can scrap health care, contract to sell mine 18.2.2019 Denver Post: Local
CASPER -- A bankruptcy judge says Englewood-based Westmoreland Coal Co. can eliminate health care for retirees and its union contract to sell a southwestern Wyoming mine to a Virginia businessman.
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Anti-Exemption MMR Bill Favored Amid Measles Outbreak 17.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"A philosophical or personal objection may not be used to exempt a child from the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine," Washington State House Bill 1638 reads.
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When hospice care goes wrong, where can you turn? 16.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When our mother died last month, after a bungled transfer from hospital to residential hospice care that caused her unnecessary pain and distress, my siblings and I briefly considered suing.

It wasn’t about money. As my sister said at the time, it just didn’t seem right to let the hospice agency...

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South Dakota Sen. Rounds Calls for Evaluation of Indian Health Service 16.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Sen. Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) introduced legislation calling for a broad assessment of the Indian Health Service, following an investigation of the agency by The Wall Street Journal and PBS series Frontline.
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Long-delayed introduction of pharmacare should be top priority in this election 15.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn When the government of Saskatchewan pioneered public health care in Canada in 1962, it covered the two main components of such a system: the services of physicians and hospitals. When other provinces, and finally the federal government, later extended medicare to the national level, it was still confined to these two admittedly important but insufficient-on-their-own benefits. Tommy Douglas, the main proponent of public health care in Canada, always envisioned this two-pronged program as just the first step toward complete health care coverage. His ultimate goal was to have prescription drugs, dental, vision, and other important services added to the system, as they already were in most countries in Europe. If those countries could afford such comprehensive care, he reasoned, so could Canada. More than half a century later, however, his vision of providing Canadians with all-inclusive health care remains unfulfilled. The biggest gap, of course, is the lack of universal public drug insurance. One ...
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What Is Kawasaki Disease? 16 Kids Diagnosed in CA 15.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Cases can spike around winter and early spring, experts say.
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Tipping the scales: Trump in 'very good health overall,' Navy doctor says 15.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
An annual physical exam also found that a modest weight gain since last year has tipped the president into the obese category.
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Will Republicans Start Winning on Health Care? 15.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Medical inflation is low and Democratic ideas are scaring voters.
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