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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Seniors dumped off Medicare Cost plans frustrated, angry 7.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A change in federal law intended to reduce Medicare spending is causing confusion and anger among seniors and could leave some with huge, uncovered medical expenses next year.
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UnitedHealthcare customers are unhappy about cuts to SilverSneakers fitness program 4.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Health insurer UnitedHealthcare plans to cut SilverSneakers, a popular fitness benefit, for 2.5 million people with the company's Medigap and Medicare Advantage coverage.
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Medicare to cut payments to nursing homes whose patients end up back in the hospital 1.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Medicare's incentive program to discourage nursing homes from discharging patients too quickly will also give bonuses to facilities that have fewer rehospitalizations.
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The MinnesotaCare buy-in, explained 30.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Minnesota lawmakers will explore a public health care option next year, but it's not single-payer, and it could face tough odds in a divided legislature.
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Number of U.S. kids who don't have health insurance is on the rise 29.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Economic growth usually means more kids get health insurance, but that's not been the case during the Trump years, a study shows. For the first time in a decade, the uninsured rate for children is up.
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Obamacare sign-ups lag as Trump slashes funds for enrollment help 28.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The Trump administration is spending $10 million this year on health care navigators -- down from $63 million in 2016. Nationwide, workers are scrambling to apprise people of insurance options.
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Chronically ill, traumatically billed: $123,019 for 2 multiple sclerosis treatments 28.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Shereese Hickson's doctor wanted her to try a drug called Ocrevus for her multiple sclerosis. Trained as a medical billing coder, Hickson was shocked by the six-figure bill and the share she owed.
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U.S. goal to be 'first' on devices worries former regulators 28.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Under Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, annual new device approvals have more than tripled, while warnings letters to device manufacturers about product safety and quality issues have fallen roughly 80 percent, an Associated Press investigation found.
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Spinal-cord stimulators help some patients, injure others 26.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Spinal-cord stimulators -- devices that use electrical currents to block pain signals before they reach the brain -- are more dangerous than many patients know, an Associated Press investigation found.
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How a 1968 disaster in a coal mine changed the industry 24.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A mine disaster 50 years ago in West Virginia helped shape a new regulatory framework for the health and safety of coal miners. Surviving family members are still looking for justice.
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Many who buy ACA health plans for 2019 find lower prices and more choice 23.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
After years of price hikes, the cost of the average Affordable Care Act policy is dropping across the U.S. Competition among insurers has increased as the political uncertainty starts to settle down.
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You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true 21.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night's rest. Health insurers use a variety of tactics, including surveillance, to make patients bear the costs. Experts say it's part of the insurance industry playbook.
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How Democrats Finally Won with Health Care 20.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, foreground, speaks at a news conference on pre-existing health conditions on Capitol Hill.  It took a long time, but the Affordable Care Act finally paid off politically for Democrats in the 2018 election. According to  exit polls , voters rated health care the top issue, and they trusted Democrats on it more than Republicans. The big questions now are the impact the election results may have on health policy in the next two years and the lessons Democrats should draw for 2020 and beyond. In 2018, unlike the other elections since the ACA’s passage in 2010, voters had seen what Republicans were actually proposing to do about health insurance. “You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost, and it’s going to be so easy,” Donald Trump  promised  in 2016. But when it came time to deliver, the legislation passed by Republicans in the House and endorsed by Trump would have resulted in millions of people losing coverage and ...
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GOP seeks last-ditch laws in states where its power slipped 17.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas.
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B.C. premier lauds health-care workers as discriminatory labour laws repealed 12.11.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
B.C. premier lauds health-care workers as discriminatory labour laws repealed
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Fact check: Trump's rhetoric on voter fraud is misleading 12.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Facing closely contested election races in Florida and Arizona, President Trump is spreading misleading rhetoric regarding voting fraud.
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Science Under Siege 12.11.2018 American Prospect
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith speaks on Capitol Hill.  This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  The HONEST Act may be one of the most perversely named pieces of legislation ever. Sponsored by Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee and one of the most fervent climate-science deniers in Congress, the acronym stands for Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment. Smith, who is retiring this year, attempted to get the legislation through Congress in the past two sessions. Both times, it barely passed the House and failed in the Senate. That would usually be the end of it, but in line with the Trump playbook, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, announced he would issue most of the “HONEST” agenda as a proposed rule retitled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The proposed “HONEST” rule sounds ever so reasonable. It would require that EPA’s scientific ...
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Coal is not competitive with cheaper alternatives, and the industry's true costs are even higher 8.11.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Power plant emissions kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, scientists estimate.
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Looking for ACA health insurance for 2019? Here's what to expect 1.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Throughout the U.S., subsidies are available to reduce the price of 2019 policies sold on state and federal insurance exchanges. But promotion of the insurance is varying widely from state to state.
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