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

Tiny Washington state hospice accepts no federal funds, relies on community volunteers and donations to serve the dying.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Whiplash

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss the bipartisan plan in the Senate to stabilize the individual insurance exchanges, and President Donald Trump’s mixed messages about his support or lack thereof.

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Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

Despite Medicare Advantage plans’ increasing popularity, several key features remain poorly understood. Here is what you need to know.

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Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Expand Benefits

States are adding a variety of services, including expansions of mental health and substance abuse treatments and dental care, according to a 50-state survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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

They say it will help reduce unnecessary ER visits and ensure better follow-up care. It’s also good P.R., and helps them meet their obligations to provide benefits to the community in exchange for significant tax breaks.

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Chasing Millions In Medicaid Dollars, Hospitals Buy Up Nursing Homes

The strategy has been used mostly in Indiana, where many county-owned hospitals purchased or leased nursing homes to take advantage of a wrinkle in Medicaid payment rules and augment federal reimbursements.

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On Back Roads Of Appalachia’s Coal Country, Mental Health Services Are As Rare As Jobs

Long commutes and scarcity of providers make it hard for patients who need counseling or psychiatric care.

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Want An IUD? Take Note Of Trump’s New Birth Control Policy.

Some employers may opt to claim a religious or moral exemption and women could have to pick up some of the cost of this expensive contraception option.

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A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 to decide on drug coverage and whether to switch from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan.

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

The costs of using a new class of cancer treatments include far more than the drug’s sticker price.

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