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A Little-Recognized Public 国产精品视频 Crisis

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About every 12 minutes, someone is killed on America鈥檚 roads and countless others are injured. More than 42,500 people died in car crashes in 2022, a death toll that rivals or surpasses those of other major public health threats, such as the flu and gun violence. 鈥淲e have not recognized that traffic violence is a […]

911 Faces Its Own Emergency

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The national 911 emergency response system is in the midst of its own code red. The lack of federal funding to upgrade aging 911 systems has created significant disparities in state emergency response services, with older operations plagued by outages and longer response times. Last month, for instance, Massachusetts was hit with a statewide 911 […]

The Court Case That Could Upend Access To Free Birth Control

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A lawsuit winding its way through the courts could undermine the power of federal agencies to mandate the services health insurance providers must cover. And that could threaten access to free birth control for millions of Americans. The case is called Braidwood Management Inc. v. Becerra, and it was brought by plaintiffs looking to strike […]

Relieving the Growing Burden of Medical Debt

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Medical debt is a growing burden for millions of people around the country, from parents in Illinois to immigrants in Colorado to residents of the 鈥淒iabetes Belt鈥 across the South, and it鈥檚 now being recognized as a health-care problem. People often forgo care or prescriptions if they have debt, according to a KFF 国产精品视频 News […]

When Hospital Cyberattacks Compromise Care, Not Just Data

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When hospitals are hit by cyberattacks that compromise crucial technology systems for managing patient care, the stakes are staggering. 鈥淲e鈥檝e started to think about these as public health issues and disasters on the scale of earthquakes or hurricanes,鈥 said Jeff Tully, a co-director of the Center for 国产精品视频care Cybersecurity at the University of California at […]

Two Rival Hospitals Want To Join Forces. Will Patients Lose?

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In Terre Haute, Ind., two rival hospitals want to merge, a move that supporters say will save patients money and help people live longer. But similar hospital consolidations in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina have resulted in government reports documenting diminished care. In more than a dozen states, certificates of public advantage (COPAs) permit deals […]

Abortion Ballot Measures Won鈥檛 Automatically Undo Existing Laws

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On Tuesday, a judge in Michigan blocked some of the state鈥檚 lingering restrictions on abortion access, including a mandatory 24-hour waiting period. The ruling comes 19 months after voters added abortion rights to the state constitution in November 2022. Michigan was one of the first states to protect abortion access at the ballot box after […]

Federal Budget Constraints May Hurt Older Americans With HIV

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Researchers say that by the end of the decade, 70 percent of people in the United States living with HIV will be older than 50. Thanks to advances in medicine, the diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. 鈥淚鈥檝e been fortunate to take care of some people with HIV for over 30 years,鈥 said Melanie Thompson, a physician […]

How Two States Reveal a Deeper Divide on Insuring Kids鈥 国产精品视频

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Arizona and Florida lawmakers saw trouble ahead for children in 2023, with states slated 鈥 as the covid-19 pandemic waned 鈥 to resume disenrolling ineligible people from Medicaid. So, legislators in both states voted to expand a safety net known as the Children鈥檚 国产精品视频 Insurance Program, or CHIP, which covers those 18 and younger in […]

Presidential Politics, Polka and Wisconsin

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Wisconsin, the land of fried cheese curds and the Green Bay Packers, is one of a half-dozen key battleground states where President Biden is trying to make health care a key issue in his expected November matchup with former president Donald Trump. Biden narrowly won Wisconsin in 2020, after it went for Trump in 2016. […]

Like Doctors, More Nurse Practitioners Are Heading Into Specialty Care

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If your doctor can鈥檛 see you now, maybe the nurse practitioner can. Nurse practitioners have long been a reliable backstop for the primary-care-physician shortfall, which is estimated at nearly 21,000 doctors this year and projected to get worse. But easy access to NPs could be tested in coming years. Even though nearly 90 percent of […]

California Dabbles With Reining in 国产精品视频 Spending

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California is now among the states trying to keep health-care costs down by setting spending caps 鈥 a task that pits public officials against a deeply entrenched and heavily lawyered set of players. It鈥檚 uncertain whether the state can get insurers, hospitals and medical groups to collaborate on containing costs even as they jockey for […]

End of Internet Subsidy Leaves Millions Facing Telehealth Disconnect

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When the clock struck midnight on May 31, more than 23 million low-income households were dropped from a federal internet subsidy program that for years had helped them get connected. The Affordable Connectivity Program was created in 2021, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, to help people plug into jobs, schools and health care by reducing their internet […]

Weight-Loss Drugs Are So Popular They鈥檙e Headed for Medicare Negotiations

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The steep prices 鈥 and popularity 鈥 of Ozempic and similar weight-loss and diabetes drugs could soon make them a priority for Medicare drug price negotiations. List prices for a month鈥檚 supply of the drugs range from $936 to $1,349, according to the Peterson-KFF 国产精品视频 System Tracker. The Inflation Reduction Act President Biden signed in […]

Biden Wants Hospitals To Report Data on Gunshot Wounds

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The Biden administration is enlisting America鈥檚 doctors to help combat gun violence. About 160 health-care executives and officials have been invited to the White House today and Friday to promote public health solutions to the epidemic. A top priority, I鈥檓 told: The White House wants hospital emergency departments to collect more data about gunshot injuries […]

Wyden Demands Penalties for Obamacare Enrollment Fraud

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Lawmakers and state officials are turning up the heat on federal regulators to stop unscrupulous, commission-hungry insurance agents from enrolling thousands of people in Affordable Care Act plans, or switching their coverage, without their knowledge. Customers often don鈥檛 discover the changes until they鈥檙e denied medical coverage or get stuck with a bill for ACA tax […]

The South Can Be a Dangerous Place To Be Black and Pregnant

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In much of the developed world, dying while pregnant or delivering a child is practically unknown. In Australia, for example, there were just 3 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2021. But that鈥檚 not the case in the American South. And especially not for Black women. In South Carolina, Black women were more […]

California Pays People With Addiction To Stay Clean 鈥 With Feds鈥 Blessing

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Led by California, a few states are testing an experimental program that pays people to stop using hard drugs. The Golden State was the first to win approval from the Biden administration to cover the sobriety payments, with Medicaid wrapping it into an ambitious health-care initiative spearheaded by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide the […]

I Was There When Bird Flu First Appeared. It鈥檚 Different Today.

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The H5N1 flu virus and I go way back. In 1997, I watched as more than a million chickens were slaughtered in Hong Kong to combat the first major global outbreak of the disease. Eighteen people were sickened by the virus and six died, all of whom had close contact with the birds. They were […]

The Psychedelics-As-Medicine Movement Spreads to California

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Ecstasy, 鈥渕agic mushrooms鈥 and other psychedelic drugs could soon be recognized as therapeutic in California 鈥 one of the latest states, and the biggest, to consider allowing their use as medicine. Legislation by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) and Assembly member Marie Waldron (R) would allow the therapeutic use of psilocybin, mescaline, ecstasy and dimethyltryptamine […]