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How traditional pharmacies can survive the Amazon threat
Are traditional pharmacies doomed to the same fate as Borders, Blockbuster, and Sears? The threat is real. Companies like Capsule and PillPack are redesigning the pharmacy for the digital age. In addition to making it effortless to get prescription medications, these disruptors are bent on cutting o
Poll: Six in 10 say higher health care premiums are 'major concern'
Six in 10 U.S. adults say they worry about having to pay higher health insurance premiums, according to a Gallup poll. The poll finds that 61 percent say having their premiums raised is a “major concern,” higher than several other health care-related problems.
Unlocking the potential of digital health care
Ever-evolving health care technologies are a classic example of a double-edged sword. On one side, they hold the promise of simultaneously improving patient outcomes and physicians’ professional satisfaction. On the other, they threaten to exacerbate some of the disparities and inequalities found th
We read Democrats’ 8 plans for universal health care. Here’s how they work.
Sure, Democrats are lining up behind Medicare-for-all. But what exactly does that mean?. This year, dozens of Democratic candidates ran — and won — on a promise to fight to give all Americans access to government-run health care. A new Medicare-for-all Caucus in the House already has 77 members. All
Who cares for volunteer caregivers when they get sick?
Under different circumstances, Ruth Petrie might have been relieved to accept the role of patient. In February, a respiratory virus inflicted enough damage to her already weak lungs to land the 57-year-old in the hospital. When she was discharged nearly a week later, her first priority should have b
Study: 4.2 million uninsured people eligible for free ObamaCare coverage
A new analysis finds that 4.2 million uninsured people are eligible for ObamaCare coverage at no cost at all. The study from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that those people can find an ObamaCare plan for $0 in premiums because the financial assistance under the health law is high enough that it
House funding bill scraps Arctic icebreaker program
The Homeland Security funding bill that includes the $5 billion requested by President Trump for his proposed border wall would scrap a program to expand the U.S. icebreaker presence in the Arctic.
Immigration Is A Public Health Issue, But Not For The Reasons Some Politicians Claim
As the United States and other global powers discuss immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees through a purely political lens ― implementing policies, physical structures, and restrictions to deter migrants from coming into their countries ― global experts are urging policymakers to rethink restricti
Britain just called fax machines 'archaic' and 'absurd' — so why are Americans still using them?
Fax machines continue to be used in offices around the world, despite a technological advancement — like, perhaps, email — that makes the 1980s staple almost entirely obsolete.
Women don’t need rigid breast cancer screening schedule: new guidelines
Women don’t need to follow a rigid schedule for breast cancer screening and doctors should inform patients of the potential risks mammograms pose, according to new national screening guidelines released Monday.
Supreme Court declines to hear dispute over flushable wipes
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a lower court ruling that allows a customer to sue the manufacture of flushable wipes over false advertising. The case stems from a class-action lawsuit brought by Jennifer Davidson after she purchased Scott Naturals Flushable Moist Wipes i
Pope brings 22-lb panettone to health care center on outskirts of Rome on another Friday of Mercy
The head of the Catholic Church knocked at the door, stunning the receptionists. Pope Francis made a surprise visit on December 7 to health facilities for the poor located on the outskirts of Rome, announced the Holy See after the return of the Supreme Pontiff to the Vatican.
These Are the Democrats Teaming Up With Insurance Industry Giants to Kill Universal Healthcare
Nearly 30 million people still don’t have health insurance in the United States; among those who do, many are paying enormous premiums that go up year after year. Others rely on crowdfunding platforms for medical care. It’s a grotesque and deadly system, which is probably why universal healthcare po
Agencies Propose Regulations Expanding Access to Health Reimbursement Arrangements
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (or “HRAs”) are employer-funded, account-based group health plans, which are used to reimburse certain medical expenses incurred by eligible employees, their spouses, and their dependents. While participants can use HRA proceeds to pay for certain medical insurance
Kamala Harris on mortality rates of black mothers: 'We can solve' this
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said society needs to do more to curb the increasing rates of mortality among black mothers. Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party believed to have presidential aspirations, introduced the CARE Act in August aimed at reducing the disparity in maternal death rate
Google Would ‘Make the NSA Blush,’ Says Republican at Hill Grilling
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, center, is confronted by Infowar's Alex Jones, right, as he arrives to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Spread the word: 4.2 million uninsured people could get an Obamacare bronze plan for $0
Check this out, the Kaiser Family Foundation has done the math and found that 27 percent of the 15.9 million uninsured people who could get insurance through the Affordable Care Act could get “bronze” plans for $0 premiums, after subsides. That’s 4.2 million people. Here’s the state breakdown in map
4.2 million Americans could get $0 premiums on ACA coverage
Roughly 4.2 million people, or 27% of uninsured Americans, could get ACA coverage with a $0 premium, the Kaiser Family Foundation said yesterday. The poorest consumers are eligible for subsidies that would be big enough to cover the entire premium for a lower-tier “bronze” plan.
Health Officials Assure Immigrants Their Medical Benefits Aren’t At Risk
Public comment ended Monday on the Trump Administration’s proposal to change how the federal government oversees the use of public benefits by immigrants. The Oregon Health Authority says the application status of people using their services won’t be at risk.
HHS edited HealthCare.gov to prioritize private enrollment options
The Health and Human Services Department edited HealthCare.gov in a way that seems to subtly steer people toward other, private enrollment options, according to a review by the Sunlight Foundation.