Attention, Marketplace Shoppers: Don’t Delay On 2019 Enrollment

Don’t procrastinate. Most consumers who buy their own insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace face a Dec. 15 deadline. Advocates are reminding these customers that if they miss the deadline, they may not have a plan that starts in January 2019. Despite repeated efforts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it remains …

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Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

Navigating Aging Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here. Join the Navigating Aging Facebook Group. See All Columns When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the …

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Health Nerd Books For The Holidays

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie’s Stories Stephanie Armour The Wall Street Journal @StephArmour1 Read Stephanie’s Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna’s Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne’s Stories The Food and Drug Administration took some serious steps toward curbing teen use of tobacco and nicotine products this month, including proposing …

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In Theory, Efforts To Curb Smoking Could Offer Template For Reducing Alcohol Deaths. But Reality Is More Murky.

Many roadblocks stand in the way to effectively addressing what has ballooned into a major public health crisis. “It’s just so socially acceptable, especially among the people who write the laws,” says Boston University professor David Jernigan. “It’s the drug of choice and incredibly normalized for upper income people in the USA.” In other public …

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Cleveland Clinic’s First Heavy Play In Insurance Field Through Partnership With Oscar Health Is Vastly Exceeding Expectations

Oscar and Cleveland Clinic’s teamup posted a loss of $1.4 million in 2017, attributable to startup costs, Harrington said. In the first half of 2018, though, they reported net income of $1.8 million. In other health industry news: Ascension’s transformation, interoperability, and medical practice guidelines access.

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A Unique New York Law Allows State To Collect Taxes From Opioid Makers To Defray Cost Of Crisis. Companies Are Not Happy About It.

The state has sent the companies bills totaling about $600 million under the new Opioid Stewardship Act. In other news from the epidemic: pharmacists are trained on dispensing naloxone; a company hikes the price of an anti-overdose drug by 600 percent; Rhode Island’s develops strategy to get prisoners effective addiction treatment; bixsexual women are more …

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Fish Oil Drug Looks Heart-Healthy. Just Don’t Swallow It Hook, Line And Sinker.

When biopharma company Amarin teased its latest clinical trial results this fall, it stirred both buzz and controversy in the medical community by suggesting its drug, Vascepa, could transform heart disease prevention. The company’s stock skyrocketed. But this month at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions, an annual who’s who of cardiology, the company unveiled …

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Buyers Of Short-Term Health Plans: Wise Or Shortsighted?

Supporters of the nation’s health law condemn them. A few states, including California and New York, have banned them. Other states limit them. But to some insurance brokers and consumers, short-term insurance plans are an enticing, low-cost alternative for healthy people. Now, with new federal rules allowing short-term plans that last up to three years, …

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