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Why your doctor might start asking a lot more questions 2.10.2015 LA Times: Commentary

Many residents of Los Angeles County might soon find they are getting more attention and questions from their doctors.

That's because L.A. Care Health Plan -- a public health plan in L.A. County with more than 1.8 million members -- received a $15.8-million federal grant this week to help change the...

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Would Volkswagen have got away with its pollution fiddle in the UK? | George Monbiot 23.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The carmaker is not the only company poisoning the air. Yet still our government blocks effective legislation The latest figures suggest it now kills more people in London than smoking. Worldwide, a new study estimates , it causes more deaths than malaria and HIV-Aids together. I’m talking about the neglected health crisis of this age that we seldom discuss or even acknowledge: air pollution. Heart attacks, strokes, asthma, lung and bladder cancers , low birth weight , low verbal IQ , poor memory and attention among children, faster cognitive decline in older people and – recent studies suggest – a link with the earlier onset of dementia . All these are among the impacts of a problem that, many still believe, we solved decades ago. The smokestacks may have moved to China, but other sources, whose fumes are less visible, have taken their place. Among the worst are diesel engines, sold, even today, as the eco-friendly option, on the grounds that their greenhouse gas emissions tend to be lower than those of ...
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Fossil Fuel Investments Cost Massachusetts’ Public Pension Plan $10 Million A Week Last Year 22.9.2015 Think Progres

There is a bill in the state legislature calling for the fund to divest from all fossil fuel investment.

The post Fossil Fuel Investments Cost Massachusetts’ Public Pension Plan $10 Million A Week Last Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Future Of Premium Assistance Through Waivers Under The Affordable Care Act 27.8.2015 Health Affairs Blog
Premium assistance is the use of public funding for the purchase of commercial health insurance. Historically, premium assistance has mostly enabled a small number of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients to enroll in health insurance through their employers by having the government pay all of the costs of coverage, except for some cases where the family contributes a small premium. Premium Assistance And The ACA More recently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has taken premium assistance beyond just Medicaid. It provides advanced premium tax credits (APTC) to individuals and families under 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to offset their premium costs, and gives families under 250 percent FPL access to reduced cost sharing. The commercial health insurance coverage is purchased through a state-based or federally facilitated marketplace and the tax credit can be applied monthly to offset premium costs or received in lump sum as a refund at tax time. There are two ...
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UCare asks judge to halt impending public program signups 20.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In a Ramsey County lawsuit, the company alleges that the state arbitrarily cut it out during a contract bidding process and failed to follow the wishes of dozens of counties which recommended contracting with UCare.
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Open thread for night owls: 'Well, what's wrong with slavery?' 20.8.2015 Daily Kos
Calisthenics at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, Owens Valley, California. 1943. Over 11,000 Japanese Americans were interned at Manzanar during World War II after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, allowing for the forcible removal of Americans with Japanese ancestry from the western United States. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed legislation formally apologizing for the internments and ordering retributions of $20,000 be made to survivors of the camps or their heirs. Influential conservative Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson has a plan to deal with undocumented immigrants. Have we considered making them property of the state ? 'As of this date' -- whenever we decide to do this --  'as of this date, 30--' this is a totally arbitrary number, '30 to 60 days from now anyone who is in the state of Iowa that who is not here legally and who cannot demonstrate their legal status to the satisfaction of the local and state authorities here in the State of Iowa, become property of ...
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No, Obamacare isn't causing premium spikes, but it could hold them down more 8.8.2015 Daily Kos
President Obama with Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia Burwell Back when the House and the Senate were hammering out the differences between their healthcare reform bills that would become Obamacare, there was a glaring problem with the Senate approach that did not include a public option and that won the day. That was the argument that states needed to be kept at the fore in implementing—and most importantly—overseeing health insurers and their compliance with the law. Back then us public option proponents warned about the problem having a mishmash of state regulators with varying degrees of regulatory power and intent being at the center of the law. Now those concerns are being realized to a degree in the process of premium rate setting . The federal government wants state regulators to keep health insurance premium hikes modest for 2016, but consistency and strict enforcement elude states' rate review processes. If states had a more unified, rigorous rate review approach, premiums would likely ...
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Valuing Medicaid 27.7.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Christian K. Lee In this Monday, July 13, 2015 photo Earl Charles Williams Sr., 59, sits next to some of the medication he must take for his diabetes in his Chicago home. Williams was uninsured for about a year before a county-run clinic helped him sign up for care under the Affordable Care Act. July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, the two essential pillars of public health insurance in America. Medicare, for all of its shortcomings and enormous costs, has become politically unassailable—as dear to Tea Party Republicans as it is to single-payer Democrats. Medicaid has also steadily grown. Including the closely related Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid now covers more than 70 million people. Yet it has never attained the same popularity or political security as Medicare or shed the stigma of “welfare medicine” that it acquired at its founding. Whatever happens in next year’s presidential election, Medicaid will be the center of a great political fight. If the ...
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Right-To-Try Laws Fulfill The Constitution’s Promise Of Individual Liberty 14.7.2015 Health Affairs Blog
Under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) lengthy approval process, it takes over a decade and a billion dollars for new medicines to get to market. In the meantime, Americans who have exhausted all government-approved options may die waiting for access to these new potentially lifesaving treatments. Often, Americans are denied access to the same medicines that are already helping patients overseas, even though many of those treatments were developed or produced in the United States. For example, Lutetium-177 has been shown in clinical trials to significantly slow the growth of neuroendocrine cancer. It is inexcusable that the drug, produced in Missouri and readied in Texas, is only available to Texans if they are lucky enough to be in a clinical trial or if they can travel to Europe where the treatment is widely available. Beyond the Washington impasse, there is hope in the states. Right to Try—now law in 21 states—allows the terminally ill to try investigational medications that have passed FDA ...
As health insurers merge, consumers' premiums are likely to rise 10.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
As leading health insurers scramble for market share through a series of multibillion-dollar mergers, consumers are no doubt wondering if their premiums are bound to skyrocket.
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New ACA Lie: 'It Will Collapse Under Its Own Weight' 29.6.2015 Crooks Liars
As Paul Ryan demonstrated during his appearance on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, conservatives are just about out of ACA talking points now. We've gone from death panels, to "government-run healthcare," to "it's illegal because a word is out of place," to....nothing. We begin with the tired and false "repeal and replace" call: I'm as motivated as ever before to repeal and replace this law, and that's what we're working on. What I really worry about, John, with this ruling is the grave injustice it does to the rule of law. I mean, so much for calling balls and strikes. I think Justice Roberts is now counting foul balls as home runs. And, look, I think that they have done a great disservice to the country, because they're rewriting laws at the bench. We had three constructionists on the court, when we should have had five. And, so, yes, I'm very shocked at this ruling, but it does not deter us from actually delivering on what we really want, which is affordable care for everybody, and let people choose what ...
Labour's Andy Burnham suggests he might back further welfare cuts 29.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Leadership favourite tells business figures he wants counter perception party is ‘soft on people who want something for nothing’ and doesn’t celebrate enterpise

Labour leadership favourite Andy Burnham has indicated he would support further welfare cuts, including government plans for a £23,000 cap on benefits if it has adequate safeguards.

At a speech in London, the shadow health secretary said he wanted to counter the perception his party wants to give “an easy ride” to people who do not want to help themselves.

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Aspen-area poor having trouble with accessing health care 25.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
About 4,500 county residents in the Aspen area live at or below the federal poverty level, and Pitkin County health officials are trying to find options to help the area's low-income families receive the care they need because many doctors are not accepting public health insurance.
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Liberals have a new manifesto for fighting inequality, and it’s very liberal 12.5.2015 Ezra Klein
Joseph Stiglitz and a team of his fellow economists have a new plan to reduce inequality, grow the middle class and get the U.S. economy to work better for working people. It is firmly rooted in the conviction that more government can solve most of America's economic challenges. It is a plan seemingly designed to rally ...
Obama stares down a filibuster — from Democrats 12.5.2015 Ezra Klein
The Senate is scheduled to take an important procedural vote on President Obama's free-trade initiative in the Pacific Tuesday, and it looks as though his party is abandoning him. Most Democrats and a few Republicans might join together to mount a filibuster. The bill would restrict lawmakers to taking an up-or-down vote on the free-trade ...
Renegotiating Retiree Health Care Plans After New Supreme Court Guidance 7.5.2015 Health Affairs Blog


Few commentators have focused on the huge underfunding of retiree health care plans of states and cities. The US Supreme Court recently set forth principles of contract interpretation that will lead local governments and public unions to reach explicit agreements on the scope of such plans.
The Inhuman Failure of ‘Austerity’ 5.5.2015
The Inhuman Failure of ‘Austerity’
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A government shutdown over health care? 29.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There are only a few weeks left in the Minnesota legislative session, and this would be a good time to ask a question: Is eliminating health care for working Minnesotans worth shutting down state government?
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Insurers Backed Obamacare, Then Undermined It. Now They're Profiting From It 22.4.2015 Crooks Liars
Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a “government takeover of health care” should consider this headline from the news pages of last Thursday’s Investor’s Business Daily: UnitedHealth Profit Soars On Obamacare, Optum —April 16, 2015 That’s from a Wall Street publication whose editorial writers have rarely missed an opportunity to bash the health care reform law. Here are a few other headlines, these from IBD’s editorial page, just since the first of this ...
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Mom's push to help poor kids with autism brings new federal benefits 2.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The Medical Assistance benefits will expand access to a broad range of one-on-one therapies.
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