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Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

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October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Rose Crumb can’t even count the number of people she’s helped die. The former nurse, 91, who retired in her mid-80s, considers the question and then shakes her head, her blu...

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Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

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October 19, 2017 at 5:00 am | As health insurers struggle with shifting government policies and considerable uncertainty, one market remains remarkably stable: Medicare Advantage plans. That’s good news for seniors as they se...

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Whiplash

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October 19, 2017 at 9:54 am | The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this week agreed on a bill they say could help stabilize the struggling health insurance exchanges. But despite co...

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Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Expand Benefits

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October 19, 2017 at 8:50 am | While congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been seeking major cuts in federal funding of Medicaid, 26 states this year expanded or enhanced benefits and at least 17 plan to do so...

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Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

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October 19, 2017 at 5:00 am | By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A condition known as stress hyperglycemia, sometimes called “stress diabetes,” can occur temporarily after a heart attack or stroke. Even in non-diabetic pa...

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Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

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October 18, 2017 at 5:07 am | By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. I...

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Chasing Millions In Medicaid Dollars, Hospitals Buy Up Nursing Homes

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October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Westminster Village North, a nursing home and retirement community in Indianapolis, recently added 25 beds and two kitchens to speed food delivery to residents. It also redesigned patient rooms to ea...

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Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

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October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am | Listen here to Pauline Bartolone’s radio version of this story, which first ran on Capital Public Radio. [audio mp3="https://californiahealthline.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/pb-tvfh.mp3"][/audio] C...

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Cascade of Costs Could Push New Gene Therapy Above $1 Million Per Patient

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October 17, 2017 at 6:50 am | Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment appro...

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