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Overnight Health Care: Top biotech lobbyist sees industry under 'greater threat' than ever | Senators offer bipartisan drug pricing bill | 5.1M pounds of beef added to salmonella recall
Welcome to Tuesday's Overnight Health Care. The Hill sat down with James Greenwood, the CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, to talk about the group's priorities with a Democratic House looming. Also today, a new bill from the incoming chairman and current ranking member of the Senate F
City Council backs Albany bill to create ‘Medicare for all’
The City Council on Thursday put its political clout behind a proposal in Albany to overhaul state health care by creating a “Medicare for all” program that would raise taxes by $139 billion a year.
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.
Provider Consolidation Drives Up Health Care Costs
Compared with other developed nations, the United States spends far more on health care yet performs no better on many measures of health.1 Moreover, health care spending in the United States continues to outpace economic growth. By 2026, $1 of every $5 spent in the American economy will go toward h
Uber just hired two new health leaders, one from Lyft, as it pushes into medical transport
Uber is betting big on health care. What began as an experiment to deliver flu vaccines to people's offices is now a real and growing business for the company in non-emergency medical transportation, which involves helping people get to the doctor's office on time.
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.
The blood of patients is not a rhetorical device
Recently, social media and news organizations have been awash in the physician-led backlash to the NRA’s now infamous “stay in your lane” tweet, and consequently, awash in images of the literal blood of seriously wounded or now deceased patients. Gun control is undeniably a cause near and dear to ma
Election expert: Wisconsin GOP’s power grab is “a textbook example of how democracies die”
Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature has apparently decided to kill democracy in their own state. Political observers can already see how protests are erupting throughout the state in response to how the Republican legislature voted to significantly reduce the powers of Gov.-elect Tony Ever
Expanded Medicaid helped these Americans find better jobs
For low-income workers trying to get ahead, expanded Medicaid coverage might be just what the doctor ordered. A new study from the University of Michigan surveyed participants in the state’s expanded program and said two-thirds of employed enrollees felt they were working better, at least in part, b
Ochsner to raise its minimum wage to $12 in January, affecting 1,200 employees
Ochsner Health System, the state's biggest nonprofit health care company, said Thursday that it will raise its minimum wage to $12 per hour, an almost $4 increase that will affect more than 1,200 employees across the system.
Can Cannabis Treat, Or Even Prevent Diabetes?
The legalization of recreational marijuana has dominated the news, recently, but medical marijuana research continues to advance apace. Earlier this year, the FDA approved the first prescription drug derived from cannabis to treat epilepsy. This approval marks a watershed moment for legitimizing the
Ady Barkan Is Dedicating His Life To Fighting For Your Health Care
Read about all of A Plus' 2018 Game Changers of the Year here. Ady Barkan knows his days are numbered, but that's not stopping him from fighting for what he believes is right. The 34-year-old was diagnosed with ALS in October 2016 shortly after the birth of his son and has been on a crusade to expan
There’s no room for ego in health care
I was recently seeing a rather complicated medical patient in the hospital. We were treating both a heart and kidney condition, and things were not going so well. To spare anyone non-medical who is reading this the scientific details of the bodily processes involved, we were essentially balancing hy
Why We Need An Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pill
Last week, a young woman came into my pediatric clinic with heavy periods that were preventing her from participating in her regular activities. This is a common symptom that can easily be managed with the birth control pill. As the visit continued, she also disclosed that she is sexually active and
Democrat to introduce bill extending health care to undocumented immigrants, pressuring Newsom
SACRAMENTO — A Democratic assemblyman will introduce a bill Monday to expand health coverage to all undocumented immigrants in California, a move that could pressure Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom into acting on his chief campaign promise of creating a universal health care system in the state.
More details are needed on MinnesotaCare buy-in option
One of the state’s largest insurers had a Minnesota Senate committee hearing virtually all to itself last week to take aim at a pioneering health proposal — allowing the public to buy into the state-run MinnesotaCare program.
The GOP's plan to destroy Obamacare might leave millions uninsured
Obamacare enrollment is way down this year because the Trump administration pulled money for marketing. Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi are joined by former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Andy Slavitt, to discuss the Republican plan to destroy the Affordable
The New 2019 Federal Income Tax Brackets And Rates
We’re just about to enter 2018 tax filing season. But already the IRS has issued new federal income tax brackets for 2019. Confused? That’s completely understandable. But while you’re preparing your 2018 tax return in the spring of 2019, you should completely ignore the information in this article.
Why This Progressive Texan Can't Get Excited About Beto O'Rourke
If only the electric chill in the air were an augur of fast-approaching holidays and not the static generated by so many Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls jockeying for the attention of party leaders and donors. Alas, with 2019 less than a month away, 2020 has already begun, and with it the fash
Overnight Health Care: GOP balks at Trump drug pricing plan | Trump officials' report details lack of health competition | Cases of polio-like illness on the decline, CDC says
Welcome to Monday's Overnight Health Care. GOP senators have drawn a line where they disagree with President Trump -- and it's over drug pricing reforms. Also today, the CDC has some slightly encouraging news about cases of a mysterious illness and the Trump administration has a new report about com