User: newstrust Topic: Health Care
Category: Public Option
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MNsure chooses new vendor to oversee website fixes 17.4.2014 News

For help figuring out how to fix its troubled website, MNsure is paying $4.95 million to a New York firm that's successfully created health insurance exchanges in four other states.

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New thinking on brain-science therapies could help foster kids 15.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Therapies based on brain science — and limited use of antipsychotic medications — are the answer for thousands of foster kids whose traumatic childhoods have left them with depression and extreme aggression, according to a growing number of experts. Many children taking antipsychotic medications do not have psychosis but trauma-induced behavioral problems with symptoms that mimic mental illness, researchers and child advocates ...
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Colorado responds slowly to psychotropic drug use among foster kids 13.4.2014 Denver Post: Local
Diego Conde was 12 when his mother died, devastated and bursting with rage at the rotten way life was treating ...
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Improved Boston Marathon public safety plans announced 13.4.2014 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
Boston city officials released their detailed public safety plans for this year’s Boston Marathon , which include an increased police presence and more emergency medical services and emergency ...
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Awesome In Its Evilness 9.4.2014 Esquire
Jonathan Gruber of MIT, one of the architects of health-care reform (Thanks, Mitt!) here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) is one of my favorite people currently drifting through the public sphere.
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This 32-Year-Old Florida Woman Is Dead Because Her State Refused To Expand Medicaid 9.4.2014 Think Progres

Charlene Dill collapsed and died from a heart condition. She couldn't afford health coverage to manage her chronic condition.

The post This 32-Year-Old Florida Woman Is Dead Because Her State Refused To Expand Medicaid appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Wonkbook: Women’s workplace issues get their day in the spotlight 8.4.2014 Ezra Klein
Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 117.52. That's the Conference Board's employment trend index for March, up 5.1% from a year ago ...
White hoods, dunce caps and Paul Ryan 6.4.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Stung by the blowback from his denunciation of the "tailspin of culture in our inner cities" bred by "generations of men not even thinking about working," Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)   took to Fox News last week to declare, "I don't have a racist bone in my body." But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential pick needn't have bothered; the leading lights of the conservative media had already circled the wagons around him. While George Will simply decreed , "Paul Ryan was right—poverty is a cultural problem," National Review editor Rich Lowry lamented that "for this offense, Ryan was awarded an honorary white hood by the liberal commentariat." But Ryan's isn't simply a case of "if the white hood fits, wear it." Ryan's moment of candor is also about dunce caps—his and ours. After all, Ryan's decades-old dog-whistle to Republican hardliners that the "urban" poor are neither deserving of nor likely to benefit from federal action conveniently ignores the fact that two-thirds of Americans in poverty are white and ...
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Because Of ObamaCare, Uninsured People Won’t Be Able To Buy Health Insurance Until November 5.4.2014 Outside the Beltway
Once again the Affordable Care Act meets the Law Of Unintended Consequences
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The States That Agreed To Expand Medicaid Are Seeing A Huge Jump In Enrollments 4.4.2014 Think Progres

Nearly four and a half million low-income Americans who were looking for coverage during Obamacare's open enrollment period have gained access to public health insurance.

The post The States That Agreed To Expand Medicaid Are Seeing A Huge Jump In Enrollments appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Virginia Lawmakers Are Building Themselves New Offices Instead Of Giving Health Care To Poor People 2.4.2014 Think Progres

Lawmakers just voted to spend $430 million on a new office building -- the same amount of money Virginia has lost out on because of its refusal to expand Medicaid.

The post Virginia Lawmakers Are Building Themselves New Offices Instead Of Giving Health Care To Poor People appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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US Senate Drops IMF Reforms From Ukraine Aid 26.3.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Democrats were forced to give in to House Republicans' IMF demands in order to get approval for the Ukraine aid package.
Govt. health plans most popular option on MNsure 26.3.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
With less than a week left in the open enrollment period, only about 26 percent of people have signed up for commercial health plans through MNsure, well below MNsure's goal. If fewer people enroll in commercial plans than anticipated, the agency will receive less funding.
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MNsure passes 135,000 enrollment target; commercial plans lag 25.3.2014 News

More than 136,000 people have now enrolled in health insurance through MNsure, a tally driven in large part by people signing up for Minnesota's public health insurance programs, the state's health exchange announced Tuesday.

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Obamacare: How To Reduce Your Health Insurance Premiums And Avoid Penalties 24.3.2014 News
Most people have health insurance coverage and will not need to do anything more than maintain it throughout 2014. However, according to the IRS, "health insurance choices you make now may affect the income tax return you file in 2015" (i.e.; for tax year 2014). Curious? Read on.
MNsure begins final enrollment push before March 31 deadline 21.3.2014 News
It's crunch time at MNsure. If people don't get health insurance by March 31, they could face penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Millennials Abandon Obama, at Least by Stupid Definition of ‘Abandon’ 16.3.2014 Outside the Beltway
So, Dana Milbank has a column.
Milbank: Obama’s youth problem 14.3.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The day before the Iowa caucuses in 2008, I wrote about the massive crowds of young people at Barack Obama rallies , noting that his candidacy would collapse “if they don’t show up.” The next night, after Obama’s victory celebration in Des Moines, Obama strategist Steve Hildebrand spotted me in a crowd. “The kids showed up!” he said ...
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Co-Op Insurer Carves Out Unique Niche in NJ’s ACA Marketplace 11.3.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Health Republic is one of 23 health-insurance cooperatives established across the country with start-up loans from the federal government.
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HMOs hold taxpayer money in reserves 11.3.2014 News

About 25 percent of the capital reserves held by Minnesota HMOs in 2012 came from profits they collected as managers in the state's public health insurance programs, according to a report released Monday.

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