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The task force’s report recommends that Delaware impose its own individual mandate, including a penalty to subsidize the state’s health law marketplace, which saw enrollment drop about 7 percent last year. State marketplace news comes out of Minnesota, as well.
A doctor from Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate met with a new climate policy committee to inform them about the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions and how to regard legislative proposals about it. The advocacy group plans to travel to Washington, D.C. later this year to meet with more lawmakers. Legislative news comes out …
Arizona agencies cited Hacienda HealthCare’s “critical failures” in protecting the safety of the comatose woman. The facility has until 5 p.m. Thursday to respond to the state’s demand for a third-party manager, “or the state will pursue any and all of remedies legally available to it.”
A recent court case over a theater program and a child with a peanut allergy highlights the social isolation some young people deal with when they have a food allergy. “The child starts to feel like he or she is the problem,” said Dr. James Baker Jr., the director of the Mary H. Weiser Food …
The anti-smoking therapies on the market — such as nicotine patches and gums — are not approved for children. Teens who become addicted will just have to ”discipline” to quit, some experts say. In other news on the epidemic, researchers say e-cigarettes seem to be more appealing to teens than tobacco and are causing more …
Despite the slower pace, though, many Advantage insurers still experienced big enrollment increases as they picked up more market share. Other industry news looks at UnitedHealth’s court loss over withholding payments to out-of-network physicians and Dr. Atul Gawande’s decision to step out of a major health care conference.
Hospital groups say that states already have flexibility under federal waivers to make changes to Medicaid so there doesn’t seem to be a need to install a block-grant program. CMS has not confirmed it is looking at a block-grant waiver program, but a spokesperson said that the CMS is open to giving states the option …
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I am a firm believer in the ability of music to help people express their emotions, hopes and fears, making their medical conditions more tolerable.
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 Older adults need to eat more protein-rich foods …
After too many cancer-related setbacks and deaths I started belting Nina Simone’s protest with new words, invigorated by her spirit of indignant fury.
LAS VEGAS — If the scores of personal health care devices at the Consumer Electronics Show last week are any indication, it’s clear that the Apple Watch has kicked off a rush by high-tech companies to capitalize on people’s worries about their health. The latest version of the watch, which was announced last fall, detects …
When you hear ”professional organizer” you may think “reality TV,” but you shouldn’t. Professional organizers can help with projects large and small, and with the psychology of clutter, to boot.
There was no difference in changes in bone mineral density or number of fractures in older men and women who took high versus low doses of vitamin D.
An argument for a good night’s sleep: People who slept less than six hours were at higher risk for hardening of the arteries, a new study found.
The conflict over accommodating a child’s allergy turned into a legal battle that highlights the isolation that people with food allergies often face.
A new wellness studio in the Flatiron district aims to make acupuncture as accessible as a Drybar blowout.
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At least nine states have adopted a law allowing family members and friends to request court orders preventing people from having guns. In Maryland, police say it’s already working.
The U.S. is set to begin testing drugs on children, a step researchers say many drugmakers skipped because it was risky and costly. “It is an incredibly exciting time,” said Crystal Mackall, a pediatric-cancer researcher. “We have lots of drug companies who want to speak with us suddenly.” Other public health news focuses on a …
UnitedHealth says higher-than-expected medical costs in the fourth quarter of 2018 were limited to states for which it manages their Medicaid benefits.