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As Sanders Officially Revives Medicare-for-All, Plan B for Democrats Gains Traction Print E-mail
Written by Shefali Luthra | KHN   
Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00
As Democratic presidential primary candidates try to walk a political tightrope between the party's progressive and center-left wings, they face increasing pressure to outline the details of their health reform proposals. On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reaffirmed his stance by reintroducing a "Medicare-for-all" bill, the idea that fueled his 2016 presidential run. As with its previous iterations, Sanders' latest bill would establish a national single-payer "Medicare" system with vastly expanded benefits, prohibit private plans from competing with Medicare and eliminate cost sharing. New in this version is a universal provision for long-term care in home and community settings (but Medicaid would continue to cover institutional care). Already, it has an impressive list of Senate cosponsors - including Sanders' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). But many of the candidates - even official Medicare-for-All co-sponsors - are at the same time edging toward a more incremental approach, called "Medicare for America." Proponents argue it could deliver better health care to Americans while avoiding political, budgetary and legal objections.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2019 15:54
How Doctors Treated the Thai Boys in the Harrowing Minutes After They Were Freed from Cave Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Thursday, 04 April 2019 00:00
In a Live Science article by Rachael Rettner, we get a fascinating description of emergency medicine in action:
The harrowing rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand captured the world's attention last summer. But after the extraordinary feat to get them out of the cave, the work was far from over: The boys  and their coach needed urgent medical care to prevent the occurrence of critical health issues such as hypothermia, according to a new report. The brief report, published today (April 3) in the The New England Journal of Medicine, describes how the boys and their coach were treated immediately after they were pulled from the cave, before they were transported to a hospital via helicopter or ambulance. When doctors first saw the boys, they had been anesthetized with the drug ketamine so that they would be unconscious during the grueling journey out of the cave in the arms of experienced divers.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2019 17:24
The Trump administration wants to kill ObamaCare. What happens if it does? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 01 April 2019 16:05
Megan Henney reports for FOXBusiness on March 28, 2019:
The Trump administration made its intentions clear this week about the future of the Affordable Care Act: It wants to nix it, in its entirety. On Monday <3.25.19>, in a letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice said it agreed with a December ruling by a federal judge in Texas that struck down one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the Obama administration as unconstitutional.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:38
Trump Administration and Democrats Return Health Law to Political Center Stage Print E-mail
Written by Julie Rovner | KHN   
Friday, 29 March 2019 16:10
Healthcare has returned in force as the dominant political issue in Washington, reflecting what voters have been telling pollsters for the past year. The Trump administration moved Monday night to get more in line with President Donald Trump's voter base by endorsing a Texas federal  judge's December opinion that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. After he arrived at the Capitol for lunch with Republican senators Tuesday, Trump endorsed the change, suggesting it will usher in Republican priorities instead. Less than two hours later, House Democrats unveiled their proposals to not only protect the health law, but also expand it - including extending help paying premiums and other costs to families higher up the income scale than those now eligible and reinstating cuts made by the administration for outreach to help people sign up for coverage. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that, since taking control of the House in January, Democrats have been fighting to preserve the health law and "voted on Day One" to file a motion in the Texas court case to support the ACA.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:37
Social Determinants of Health Impact Hospital Readmission Rates Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 25 March 2019 16:33
Jacqueline LaPointe reports on a new study in a March 20, 2019 post in RevCycle Intelligence. New research in Health Services Research shows (not surprisingly) that social determinants of health are linked to hospital readmission rates. Therefore, accounting for disability, housing instability, and other social risk factors in value-based purchasing models can help level the playing field for safety-net hospitals.
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Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2019 16:38
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