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Kevin Lomangino has been a contributor to HealthNewsReview.org since 2009 and was its managing editor from 2015 through November 2018. He is proud to have spent nearly a decade helping to publish this one-of-a-kind resource and wishes to thank everyone who read and supported it.

HEALTHNEWSREVIEW.ORG - 2018-12-05 07:00:00

Irish lawmakers pass bill allowing abortion following landmark voter repeal

Lawmakers in Ireland late Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill introducing free and legal abortion in the Catholic nation, a move that comes months after citizens voted to repeal a constitutional ban.

THE HILL - 2018-12-06 18:57:00

Heart disease, diabetes ravaging Hispanic communities

More than 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. And millions more have elevated blood sugar levels, so they're at high risk of developing the disease. Our Hispanic population is particularly vulnerable. They are 66 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic Cauca

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2018-12-08 23:45:00

Sharon Carte: CHIP needs to be a priority

In the midst of America’s rancorous debate about how to pay for increasingly costly health care, one bright spot is the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With both strong bipartisan approval and overwhelmingly popular support, CHIP has proven to be an effective and efficient program protec

WVGAZETTEMAIL.COM - 2018-12-08 23:00:00

4 Basic Financial Documents Every Family Should Have

Life becomes increasingly more complicated when you’re a parent. Caring for a tiny human in the present also requires planning for their future. Having key documents in place can help you protect your children financially and arrange for their care should something happen to you and your spouse.

FORBES - 2018-12-07 07:00:00

There are ‘ups and downs’ in Trump's relationship with LGBT community, says leader of gay GOP group

The executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans said on Friday that there have been ups and downs as to how the Trump administration has dealt with policies impacting the LGBT community.

THE HILL - 2018-12-07 15:17:58

The High Cost of Refusing to Confront the Exploding National Debt

Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay have a piece in the Daily Beast, citing an anonymous source that claims President Donald Trump is unconcerned with the national debt. Trump noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his possible second term in office.

THE DAILY SIGNAL - 2018-12-06 23:00:46

Tucker Carlson: Trump has not kept his promises

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said this week that President Trump has not kept the promises he made on the campaign trail. Carlson told Die Weltwoche, a weekly magazine in Switzerland,, that Trump's "chief promises" were that he would build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, defund Planned Parentho

THE HILL - 2018-12-06 21:09:00

Direct primary care can rein in America’s out-of-control healthcare costs

While Democrats and Republicans debate the merits and drawbacks of reforming America’s broken health insurance system, few policymakers are paying attention to perhaps the biggest reason health insurance is so expensive: The actual cost of healthcare, which insurers have to pay, is out of control.

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-12-06 05:00:35

‘Dismantling of democracy from the inside’: It happened in Venezuela, Russia — and Wisconsin?

A month ago, Wisconsin voters elected a Democratic governor and attorney general. That didn’t sit well with the state’s Republicans, who control the heavily gerrymandered legislature. So they came up with a new plan this week: They passed bills to limit the power of the executive branch. The measure

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-12-06 22:33:00

Two Women Erased $1.5 Million of Strangers' Medical Debt Just Because They Felt Like It

Judith Jones and Carolyn Kenyon are two New Yorkers who are passionate about the New York Health Act, a bill that would bring universal health care to the state. Jones and Kenyon are 80 and 70 years old, respectively, but according to the New York Times, they didn’t want to just wait around for that

JEZEBEL - 2018-12-05 21:15:00

'Kids are falling off': Why fewer children have health insurance now

Raquel Cruz has a lot of stress in her life. A single mother of three daughters, she is the manager of a small health clinic and is going to school full-time for an education degree.

NBC NEWS - 2018-12-08 14:58:00

The Progressive Case Against Beto O'Rourke for President

Anxious Democrats had barely recovered from their post-midterm election-night hangovers before pundits began breathlessly pontificating over the potential field of 2020 presidential candidates. Democrat Beto O’Rourke lost his Texas senate race to Republican Ted Cruz, but that didn’t stop multiple ou

TRUTHDIG - 2018-12-06 21:34:19

HSAs -- A Way To Tame The Biggest Threat To Your Secure Retirement

Recently, Barron’s published a nice history of 401(k) plans titled “The 401(k) Is Turing 40. We Looked At The Good, The Bad And The Future.” As someone who has worked for more than 30 years with thousands of 401(k) plans including those from some of the best companies in the world such as Apple, AT&

FORBES - 2018-12-09 07:00:00

Medicare Open Enrollment: What To Know Before Friday's Deadline

Friday is the deadline to sign up for this year's Medicare open enrollment. If you are 65 years or older, or about to enter that age group, it might be a good time to consider your plan options to avoid headaches down the line.

WBUR - 2018-12-06 07:00:00

Health Insurance Coverage for Women by the Numbers

Health costs are a concern for women and many struggle to find affordable health insurance. According to statistics from the United Health Foundation, 12.2 percent of all women in the United States ages 18 to 44 are not covered by any type of private or public health insurance. Some options are avai

THEBALANCE.COM - 2018-12-05 07:00:00

CMS Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health

New Medicare rules for home health services intended to encourage innovation will be implemented in 2020. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new rules for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) to allow for increased utilization of developing technologies that c

NATLAWREVIEW.COM - 2018-12-05 07:00:00

Died of a broken heart? The science behind close couple deaths

George H.W. Bush took his last breath just a few months after his beloved wife Barbara died in April at 92. Perhaps it's a testimony to the power of love: Couples can feel so deeply that when one spouse dies, the other succumbs soon after.

TODAY.COM - 2018-12-05 19:30:00

With an Erroneous Tweet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Inadvertently Reveals That Medicare-for-All Proponents Still Don't Have a Plan

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) tweeted this week that two thirds of the cost of Medicare for All could be offset by cutting $21 in Pentagon spending wasted on accounting mistakes:

REASON.COM - 2018-12-06 17:34:00

Equity Opportunities Abound, But Market Changes May Be Healthy

By Evan Bauman, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, ClearBridge Investments. Q: How does the equity market environment now compare to three months ago, in September?. A: It is an interesting time. Early August was a very different market environment. The S&P – pretty much all the indices – were at

SEEKINGALPHA.COM - 2018-12-08 13:39:00