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Coffeyville, Kansas medical debt: County in rural Kansas is jailing people over unpaid medical debt

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here There is at least one issue a divided electorate can come together on this election year: A recent poll finds 90% of those surveyed agreed on the importance of making health care more affordable. Millions of Americans remain uninsured.......
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Medical bills: Nebraska doctor lets patients pay for surgery with volunteer service

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Our series A More Perfect Union aims to show that what unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us. In this installment, we go to Nebraska, where one doctor’s idea for reducing medical debt is bringing a community......
KHN

How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire?

KHN
Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather disparate computer and paper records scattered across doctors’ offices, hospitals and medical labs. Wouldn’t life be easier if you could view your full medical history with......
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For 2020, California Goes Big On Health Care

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California is known for progressive everything, including its health care policies, and, just a few weeks into 2020, state leaders aren’t disappointing. The politicians’ health care bills and budget initiatives are heavy on ideas and dollars — and on opposition from powerful industries. They put California, once again, at the......
KHN

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health Of Patients And Rural Hospitals

KHN
Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER. At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her home on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, doctors quickly diagnosed......
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Cost of having a baby hits $4,500 out of pocket with employer-provided insurance

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The cost of giving birth in America has skyrocketed in recent years — even for women with employer health insurance. A major study looking at women with employer-provided health insurance found that the average new mom spent $4,500 out-of-pocket to give birth in 2015, the most recent year data are......
New York Post

Cuomo faces biggest budget deficit, $6B, since taking office

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here This year will be the biggest budget challenge for Gov. Andrew Cuomo since he took office in 2011. Exploding costs in New York’s popular health-insurance program for the needy is largely fueling the state’s projected $6 billion budget......
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What Democratic primary voters are talking about in early-voting states

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While the House of Representatives is set to vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump in the coming days, CBS News’ campaign reporters say they aren’t seeing impeachment come up as a main topic of interest for Democratic voters in early-voting states. “I’ve heard a grand total of two......
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10 former NFL football players, including Clinton Portis, charged in health care fraud scheme today

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Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league’s health care benefit program, the Justice Department announced Thursday. They include five former players on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers.  “Today’s indictments underscore that whoever you are, if you loot health care programs to line......
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Mick Mulvaney summons feuding top health care officials Alex Azar and Seema Verma to White House for cool-off meeting

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney summoned the administration’s two top health policy officials to meet with him at the White House in an effort to cool down a months-long feud that is reaching a boiling point. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare......
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High health care costs limit Americans’ Christmas and holiday spending

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Very real health care costs — not a fictional Grinch — are taking away holiday cheer from more than half of Americans.  Fifty-three percent of individuals say health care bills have eaten into money they would have otherwise spent celebrating the season, according to a survey from insurer Aflac. Sacrifices......

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