Task Force In Delaware Says State Should Enact Its Own Individual Mandate To Bolster Security Of Marketplace

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.

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Minnesota’s Lawmakers Get A Lesson On Public Health Dangers Of Climate Change

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 …

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Third-Party Manager To Take Over Nursing Facility Where Comatose Woman Gave Birth

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.”

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For Children With Food Sensitivities, Sometimes Isolation Can Be More Detrimental Than The Allergy Itself

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 …

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As Teen Vaping Epidemic Continues To Increase, No Therapy Exists To Help Break Addiction

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 …

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Medicare Advantage Membership Growth Slows Even As Insurers Jockey To Get A Piece Of Predictably Lucrative Field

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.

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Reports That Trump Administration May Allow States To Block Grant Medicaid Infuriates Hospitals

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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Why Older Adults Should Eat More Protein (And Not Overdo Protein Shakes)

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 …

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New Legislation About Drug Trials Offers Hope For Children With Incurable Cancers

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 …

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