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  • NBC Omits Popular Deductions Staying in GOP Tax Bill, Parrots Dems

    12/14/2017 8:34:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 14, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    Congressional Republicans were one step closer to realizing their hopes for tax reform on Thursday as it appeared as though the House and Senate had reconciled nearly all of the legislation. Hearing the recommendations and concerns of the public, the Republicans preserved the current tax codeÂ’s deductions for student loans, medical bills, and added a $10,000 cap for state and local taxes. But of the three major network news outlets, NBC was the only one that left them out of their evening broadcast. Instead of reporting what was known to be in the GOP tax reform bill, NBC Nightly News...
  • California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

    12/14/2017 4:04:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | December 14, 2017 | JONATHAN J. COOPER
    California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers. The proposal would eliminate legal residency requirements in California's Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has already done for young people up to age 19.
  • California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants [illegal aliens]

    12/14/2017 1:31:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | December 14, 2017 | By Jonathan J. Cooper (AP)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers. The proposal would eliminate legal residency requirements in California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has already done for young people up to age 19. It’s part of $4.3 billion in new spending proposed by Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who leads the budget committee. While federal funds cover at least half – and as much 95 percent –...
  • Canada’s Health-Care Queues: Bernie Sanders’s model system makes patients wait and wait and . . .

    12/13/2017 7:26:40 AM PST · by Brilliant · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | WSJ Editors
    American Democrats are following Bernie Sanders in embracing single-payer health care on the Canadian model. But when they get sick, our neighbors to the north increasingly find that the only way to get “free” medical care is to wait for weeks or months. The Fraser Institute’s new report, “Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada” in 2017, documents the problem. The Vancouver-based think tank surveyed physicians in 12 specialties across 10 provinces and found “a median waiting time of 21.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment.” This is worse than 2016’s wait...
  • New Jersey Congressman Endorses Federal Fuel Tax Increase

    12/06/2017 1:08:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 5, 2017 | Eugene Mulero
    An increase in federal taxes on fuel would significantly help fund repairs for highway infrastructure along Interstate 95 in Newark, N.J., Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D) said amid Congress’ consideration of tax reform legislation. “Improving I-95 will boost the economy by shortening commutes, making cargo transport more efficient and improving highway safety,” Payne said Nov. 30, adding the I-95 stretch, or the Turnpike as it is known in the state, has been underfunded due to deficits in the Highway Trust Fund over the years. The intricate network of ports, railways, highways and an international airport in the state’s largest city...
  • I’ve Never Been This Busy: As ACA Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch

    12/05/2017 7:56:03 AM PST · by spintreebob · 8 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 12-5-2017 | Michelle Andrews
    When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn’t believe her eyes. The insurer estimated that the share of the monthly premium that she and her husband would owe for their marketplace silver plan would go up from the current $28 a month to $545. She immediately called Sharon Barker, a health insurance navigator with Family and Children’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., with whom she and her husband had worked this year to buy a marketplace plan after relocating from California to take care of her husband’s ailing...
  • CVS to purchase Aetna in $69-billion deal with potential to transform health care

    12/03/2017 5:15:52 PM PST · by smileyface · 39 replies
    Circa ^ | Dec 2, 2017 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    4 Hours Ago Pharmacy chain CVS will purchase insurance giant Aetna in a deal value at $69 billion, The Associated Press reported Sunday. The move will dramatically expand the drugstore juggernaut's health services; a historic amplification which could transform the health care industry. If approved by regulators, CVS' 9,700 locations could morph into health care centers, providing its consumers with primary care and other services and dramatically lowering the cost of health care. The unprecedented merging of retail and health care is likely to spark similar deals throughout the industry, experts said.
  • CVS Health to buy Aetna for around $69 billion

    12/03/2017 2:04:05 PM PST · by John W · 25 replies ^ | December 3, 2017 | Lauren Hirsch
    CVS Health is expected to announce plans to acquire Aetna for roughly $69 billion in cash and stock in a first-of-its kind deal aimed at fending off challenges in retail and health care, sources familiar with the situation told CNBC on Sunday. The deal is one of the year's largest so far. It comes as insurers are under pressure to lower medical costs and retailers are under attack from new competitors, including an increasingly powerful Amazon. It creates the first health-care triple threat, combining CVS's pharmacy and pharmacy benefit manager platform with Aetna's insurance business.
  • NBC Complains Senate GOP Not Seeking Input from Dems in Tax Plans

    11/30/2017 8:32:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | November 30, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    With the Senate GOP on the verge of passing their version of tax reform on Thursday, NBC Nightly News continued their week-long series where they claimed to break down the tax bills. But in reality, they only sought to stoke the fears of those who weren’t familiar with it. “Once aligned with the House version, it will affect your take-home pay as it adds new credits, takes away some popular deductions and slashes corporate taxes,” announced Anchor Lester Holt at the top of the program, as Capitol Hill Correspondent Kasie Hunt bemoaned how Democrats had no input.After Holt suggested that...
  • Unintended consequences: CMS program might be harming patients

    11/27/2017 5:35:55 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 11-26-2017 | Maria Castellucci
    The CMS' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was an expensive wake-up call. Hospital leaders needed to prevent patients from making a U-turn after discharged. The hospital was hit with a $397,153 penalty. The penalty program established under the Affordable Care Act has motivated hospitals to change care practices. Readmissions have fallen as hospitals respond to penalties that can dock up to 3% of their Medicare payments. (excerpts from article.) But the tactics hospitals have adopted to avoid a penalty might not always be in the best interest of patients. As hospitals reduced readmissions for heart failure mortality rates increased. Financial incentives...
  • Repeal of the Medical Expense Deduction

    11/21/2017 11:51:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | November 21, 2017 | Thomas Tripp
    The repeal of the itemized deduction for medical expenses is one of the proposed changes to the current income tax laws. It is among the smallest of the deductions scheduled for repeal, but the consequences will be significant for those affected. In lives fraught with uncertainty because of personal health challenges and escalating medical costs, removing this simple and cost-effective form of economic relief will cause massive immediate and undue additional stress and pain for individuals and families who rely on this deduction to help them care for themselves or their loved ones. This does not concern the notorious 1%...
  • Hospital-employed physicians drain Medicare

    11/20/2017 5:21:23 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 11-14-2017 | Alex Kacik
    Healthcare costs for four common procedures are rising as hospitals and health systems employ more physicians, according to a new study. A 49% increase in hospital-employed physicians between 2012 and 2015 led to a $3.1 billion increase in Medicare costs related to four specific procedures in cardiology, orthopedics and gastroenterology, according to analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health. Medicare paid $2.7 billion more for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, echocardiograms, arthrocentesis and colonoscopies delivered in hospital outpatient settings than it would for treatment in independent facilities, while beneficiaries footed a $411 million higher bill. Hospital-employed physicians performed more services in costlier hospital...
  • The Lies to Veterans Continue

    11/20/2017 4:44:20 AM PST · by samovar123 · 19 replies
    As a retired military veteran, it has caused great concern to me and countless others what this government had done to veterans in the area of health care. Those that are disabled and need to go to the VA are routinely ignored, or given appointments up to six months in advance, or totally ignored all together. Under President Trump it has gotten better, but still is not of the class it should be. There are now earning limits on who can use VA, with the limit at around 23,000 dollars, hardly enough to live on in todays world. Those that...
  • Thousands in Switzerland are blacklisted for not paying health insurance premiums

    11/18/2017 4:54:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 17 November 2017 11:45 CET+01:00
    Nearly 30,000 people in Switzerland are on a “blacklist” because they don’t pay their health insurance premiums, according to Swiss media. Blacklists have only been permitted as an option since 2012 and only nine cantons have chosen to introduce them, the Aargauer Zeitung reported on Wednesday. The lists include people who do not pay their premiums or fall behind in their payments. […] Those blacklisted will no longer receive cover for medical bills apart from in an emergency. […] Swiss basic health insurance (LaMal) is compulsory for everyone in Switzerland. Individuals can choose from one of over 60 private insurers...
  • 'Obamacare'(ACA) Sign-Ups 45 Percent Ahead of Last Year's Pace

    11/15/2017 10:04:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KOB4 ^ | November 15, 2017
    Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday. The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services come as Republican senators are pushing to pay for tax cuts by repealing the "Obamacare" requirement to carry coverage. The new figures show that nearly 1.5 million consumers picked a plan through Nov. 11, compared to just over 1 million from Nov. 1-12 last year, a period that had included one additional day for consumers to enroll.
  • Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

    11/14/2017 8:07:20 AM PST · by spintreebob · 90 replies
    AP ^ | 11/14/2017 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    <p>ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.</p> <p>High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups.</p>
  • Sen. Cassidy Was Right: Most Planned Parenthood Businesses Are in Urban Areas

    11/11/2017 10:54:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | November 11, 2017 | Arina Grossu
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Om Narayanan.  During a CNN health-care debate on September 25, 2017 Sen. Bill Cassidy stated, “You know, first, most Planned Parenthood settings are in urban areas, urban areas that have lots of OB/GYNs…Now, as it turns out, the folks who don’t have access to those cancer screenings live in rural areas. They live in areas where there are not enough physicians. So the idea is that we want someone to have to drive — a lower-income person drive — three hours to a Planned Parenthood facility there to get her screening, or would...
  • Healthcare Spending Now Accounts For Almost One-Fifth Of The Entire U.S. Economy

    11/08/2017 5:34:18 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 34 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-08-2017 | Michael Snyder
    Everybody agrees that healthcare costs are way too high. Back in 1960, healthcare spending accounted for approximately 5 percent of GDP, and by 2020 it is being projected that healthcare spending will account for 20 percent of GDP. And when you break those numbers down into actual dollars, they become even more staggering. Back in 1960, an average of $146 was spent on healthcare per person for the entire year, but today that number has skyrocketed to $9,990. On a per capita basis, we spend far more than anyone else in the world on healthcare. In fact, we spend almost twice as much as most other industrialized nations...
  • With Teladoc, the Doctor Will See You Now ... Really!

    11/07/2017 5:06:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 7, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    If you're tired of the dysfunction in Washington -- the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a "stolen" presidential election, Russian "collusion," the posturing and boorish behavior -- how about focusing on something that is working and benefits a growing number of people? Consider a company called Teladoc, which provides access to a doctor through a computer screen, telephone, or mobile app. The waiting time, a company official tells me, is between eight and ten minutes. That beats any doctor's office I have ever been in, even with...
  • Health care enrollment counselors face stiff challenges

    11/03/2017 8:10:30 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    APnews ^ | 11-2-17 | KELLI KENNEDY
    It’s not easy being an advocate for the Affordable Care Act right now. Health care advocacy groups are making an against-all-odds effort to sign people up despite confusion and hostility fostered by Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. The Trump administration has taken numerous steps to undermine the law, and many states are doing little to promote coverage as health insurance open enrollment begins this week. Health care advocates are particularly concerned about people in Republican-led states with hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents, like Florida, Texas and Georgia. Many of these groups are scrambling to...