Viewpoints: When Insurers Reject ‘Unproven Therapies’; Can Trump Help Americans Who Are Dying ‘Deaths Of Despair’

A collection of opinions on health care from around the country. Arizona Republic: Sarah Wants Her Life Back (UnitedHealthcare Refuses To Give It To Her)Isn’t it nice that the insurance company is looking out for Sarah, preventing her from having to endure “unproven therapies,” regardless of what her doctor has witnessed with other patients over …

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Taking Stock: After The Smoke Clears, The Health Insurance Issues Remain

Premium costs, essential benefits, Medicaid expansion and the fact that the health industry has a huge impact on the financial markets are among the thoughts on which opinion writers continue to focus. Bloomberg: Market Impact Of Republicans’ Insurance Debacle Far From ClearHaving stiff-armed political risk for quite a while, market participants now have to think …

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What Happens Next?: How To Move Forward On Fixing The Nation’s Health Care

Opinion writers speculate on what will happen now for the future of Obamacare. The New York Times: How To Build On Obamacare“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” So declared Donald Trump three weeks before wimping out on his promise to repeal Obamacare. Up next: “Nobody knew that tax reform could be so …

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State Reviews Of The GOP’s Health Plan Implosion

Editorial pages examine who dodged the bullets in their states and detail what went wrong with the American Health Care Act. Kansas City Star: Americans Want Health Care That Works For All I continue to believe that most Americans think everyone should have health care. And while the current law is far from perfect and would …

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Perspectives From Monday Morning Quarterbacks: How The Health Bill Unraveled

Opinion writers analyze what happened last week in Congress when the House GOP’s health law replacement plan came undone. The Wall Street Journal: The ObamaCare RepublicansHouse Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to …

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State Highlights: Incidents Call Into Question Mass. Mental Health Care System; Texas ‘Granny Tax’ Sparks Nursing Homes Debate

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, Texas, Kansas, Connecticut, Washington, Tennessee, California and Wisconsin. Boston Globe: In Massachusetts’ Failing Mental Health Care System, Even The Lucky Ones Aren’t So LuckyJames Boyd Jr.’s death is one of seven recent incidents involving Department of Mental Health clients that illuminate a growing concern inside the state agency: …

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Iowa Officials Secretly Agree To Help Medicaid Managed Care Companies Cover Some Losses

The three companies that won contracts to manage the state’s Medicaid program have been seeking government help on their $450 million in losses. State officials agreed to contract changes that will cost about $10 million in February but the information was only released Friday in response to a Des Moines Register open-records request. In other …

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New ‘War On Drugs’ Needed To Battle Opioid Crisis, Sen. Manchin Argues

Stat interviews the West Virginia senator about his focus on a national epidemic that has hit his state particularly hard. In related news about the crisis: a New Jersey family files suit against a fentanyl manufacturer, doctor and pharmacy; Maryland lawmakers rush to pass an opioid bill; a New Hampshire physician assistant faces criminal charges …

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Doctor’s Social Media Promos For His Company’s Cancer ‘Breakthrough’ May Violate Federal Rules

Following questions from Stat about promotion of a non-Food and Drug Administraiton approved treatment, NantKwest softened the language. Meanwhile, The New York Times writes on how more surgeries are being conducted while patients are awake. And other news outlets report on tuberculosis, the flu vaccine, Zika, another virus that can cause birth defects called Cytomegalovirus …

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New Utah Law Requires Doctors To Tell Women That Abortion Induced By Pill Can Be Stopped, Despite No Evidence Proving Claim

In news from other states’ debates on the abortion issue, an Oklahoma lawmaker defends his antiabortion legislation that does not include an exception for cases of rape or incest, saying such pregnancies are instances when “God can bring beauty from ashes.” And in Montana, state senators advance a measure seeking to protect “pain-capable” fetuses. The …

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‘Pre-Hospice’ Saves Money By Keeping People At Home Near The End Of Life

Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency …

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Watching My Surgeon Cut Into My Knee

By JAN HOFFMAN March 25, 2017 What if the surgeon started slicing into my knee before it was completely numb? That was my biggest fear, while weighing whether to remain alert and watch the operation on the cartilage in my right knee, or to be put to sleep, preserving my peaceful ignorance. Rational or otherwise, my reasons …

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