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It's single-payer supporters who are being pragmatic, not the opponents 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: The article, “How single-payer healthcare became the biggest policy flashpoint in California’s race for governor,” quotes a UC San Diego professor saying that if you support adopting a single-payer healthcare system in California, you’re a “pure progressive,” and if you don’t, you’re...

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The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all 19.4.2018 Washington Post
The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all
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Should Illinois insurers have to cover egg, embryo freezing for cancer patients? 19.4.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
At the age of 23, Erin Keith didn’t know if she wanted kids, but the New Lenox woman knew she wanted a choice. So before embarking upon months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma — treatments that could leave her sterile — she had her eggs frozen. She did it despite being unsure whether ...
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Medicaid Is Helping to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Despite Trump's Attacks 13.4.2018 Truthout.com
According to a new report, Medicaid is paying for more addiction treatment than private insurers, and recipients living with opioid disorders are twice as likely to obtain treatment. Medicaid is having an impact despite President Trump's efforts to undermine public benefits, and health experts say Trump's own plan for combating the opioid crisis would do more harm than good. (Photo: FS Productions / Getty Images) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. About 1.9 million nonelderly adults in the United States are believed to be living with opioid addiction, and those with Medicaid were twice as likely as those with private insurance or no health insurance to receive treatment for the disease in 2016,  according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation . The analysis raises serious questions for the Trump administration, which has declared the opioid crisis a major ...
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Paying a penalty for no health insurance? Not in 13 Illinois counties. 11.4.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
Consumers who chose to pay a penalty rather than sign up for health insurance are getting a break, depending where they live. Most consumers have been required under the Affordable Care Act to have health insurance or pay a federal penalty of $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of household income ...
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Walmart and CVS have 15,000 combined stores. Why are both trying to buy health insurance companies? 10.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The economics of healthcare in America is making for some strange bedfellows. CVS, the behemoth pharmacy chain, plans to buy Aetna, a 22-million member health insurer, for $69 billion. Less than two weeks ago, it became public that Walmart, where one in four Americans shop each week, is considering...

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Democrats shouldn’t impose litmus tests on health care 9.4.2018 Washington Post
Democrats shouldn’t impose litmus tests on health care
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The Health 202: How a fringe idea to solve the opioid crisis turned mainstream 6.4.2018 Washington Post
The Health 202: How a fringe idea to solve the opioid crisis turned mainstream
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10 years after federal law to protect insurance coverage of mental illness, advocates question if it's working 5.4.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
When his adopted son, then 10 years old, started to hear voices and act violently, Matthew Timion knew the boy needed psychiatric help. He did not realize how difficult it would be to pay for it. Timion, a computer programmer who at the time lived in Oak Park and now lives in Moline, said he ...
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People think Obamacare is failing, but they want it anyway 4.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
People think Obamacare is failing, but they want it anyway
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Majority of Voters Say Lowering Drug Prices Should Be Congress's Top Priority 3.4.2018 Truthout.com
Consumers are up in arms, drug makers are battling insurance companies, grassroots activists are organizing, and a billionaire philanthropist is preparing to spend millions of dollars pressuring Congressional candidates. Here's how the debate over skyrocketing prescription drug costs will shape the midterm elections. (Photo: funnyangel / Shutterstock) Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today. Public outrage over the rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs is poised to shape the upcoming midterm elections while bolstering support for a single-payer health care system. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 52 percent of the public says passing legislation to bring down prescription drug costs should be Congress's top priority, followed closely by passing an infrastructure bill to improve roads and bridges and addressing the opioid epidemic. More than three quarters of respondents said the Trump ...
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Minnesota's big health plans ended 2017 in the black 3.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The trade association for Minnesota health plans said the insurers ended 2017 with more than $300 million dollars in net income available to put in reserves.
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California sues Sutter Health, alleging the hospital system unfairly inflated costs for patients 31.3.2018 LA Times: Business

In a high-profile legal action aimed at the financial cost of healthcare consolidation, California’s attorney general has sued Sutter Health, the largest hospital system in Northern California, alleging anticompetitive business practices that unfairly drove up costs for patients.

The lawsuit filed...

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Needed: A law that removes all the gibberish from impossible-to-understand medical bills 27.3.2018 LA Times: Business

California enacted a law last year to prevent surprise medical bills resulting from patients inadvertently being seen by out-of-network healthcare providers. That’s a good thing.

Yet the state apparently has no problem with an equally pernicious aspect of our medical system — hospital and doctor...

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A Koch-Supported Coup at the VA? The Veterans Health Administration Risks Being Dismantled 20.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on February 15, 2018, in Washington, DC. Many veterans and organizers suggest that Shulkin is being pushed out in favor of putting an ideologue in charge willing to privatize veterans' health care. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/ Getty Images) Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the only Trump cabinet member to be unanimously confirmed, is now embroiled in scandal and the Koch-funded propaganda machine is working hard to amplify the bad news. This has veterans groups worried that Shulkin will be replaced by a candidate who will use the chaos to accelerate the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on February 15, 2018, in Washington, DC. Many veterans and organizers suggest that Shulkin is being pushed out in favor of putting an ideologue in charge willing to privatize ...
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Congress struggles to finalize $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep government open 20.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Immigration, health care and a New York-New Jersey tunnel stand as obstacles to completing the bill before Friday’s midnight deadline
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Bill could help reduce cases of Minnesotans overpaying for prescription drugs 20.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
A Minnesota Senate committee holds a hearing Tuesday on a bill designed to protect consumers from overpaying for medications.
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Lawmakers weigh pros and cons of mandatory screening for postpartum depression 19.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
California's legislature will soon take up a bill requiring doctors to screen new mothers. Many doctors oppose the idea, and similar laws elsewhere haven't increased the number of moms treated.
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Md. governor, legislative leaders say they have a solution to soaring healthcare premiums 17.3.2018 Washington Post
Md. governor, legislative leaders say they have a solution to soaring healthcare premiums
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The Sick Paying for the Healthy: How Insurance Companies Drive Up Drug Prices 15.3.2018 Truthout.com
(Photo: Peshkov / Getty Images) Pricing agreements between insurers and drug manufacturers have long saddled people living with chronic illnesses like diabetes with the cost of keeping premiums lower for everyone else. Faced with public outrage, the corporations involved are fighting back with PR campaigns that blame each other. (Photo: Peshkov / Getty Images) Faced with angry consumers and impending political reforms, the massive corporations that shape the way we pay for medicine are clamoring to preserve their public image, profit margins and political clout -- often by pointing the finger of blame at each other. The poster child for the debate is insulin, a hormone replacement drug that many people with diabetes need to stay alive. As Truthout has reported, the market price of popular insulin products has  skyrocketed  in recent years. Some people with diabetes go broke paying for their medicine. Others have  died while attempting to ration dosages . Despite public outrage over insulin prices, three ...
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