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Can Obama Sell the Nation on Health Care Reform?

As a journalist and a health advocate, I have a professional interest in health care reform. But as the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act this week, I had a personal interest as well. Last fall, after three decades as a salaried employee with health benefits, I became a self-employed consultant with none. And [...]

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Health Insurance Exchanges Open: Here’s What You Need to Know

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October 1 will be the first day millions of Americans will be able to start shopping for individual health insurance coverage in the new state-level exchanges. But polls are telling us what we already know: most people are confused by the new offerings. All of this comes despite millions of dollars spent by states and [...]

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President Touts “Obamacare” Benefits, Return of $504 Million to Consumers This Summer

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In an effort to rally support for healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama spoke today about how one requirement of his flagship law is already putting money back in Americans’ wallets.  “It hasn’t been reported on a lot,” he said, “but that’s what happened. Under a part of ACA already [...]

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Could Medicaid Benefits Get Pushed off the Fiscal Cliff?

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Medicaid provides benefits to more than 60 million Americans, including millions of children, who might not otherwise be able to afford medical care. This sizable government program has been sheltered from large federal cuts but is now vulnerable because of the ongoing talks in Washington to close the budget gap and avoid the fiscal cliff. [...]

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Job Killer? Try Bottom Line Booster: Workplace Safety Inspections Save Money, Jobs, Limbs

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Costly safety upgrades, nitpicky government inspection and resulting fines are often blamed as being bad for business. But a new study shows that when government job-safety inspectors make a surprise visit, they actually enable companies to save money—and jobs—for years to come. Occupational safety has improved immensely over the decades, but in industries with traditionally [...]

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Helicopters Save Lives for Serious Trauma Victims

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A medical emergency helicopter can swoop down to pick up a trauma victim and often deliver him or her to a hospital much faster than a road-bound ambulance can. So it might seem obvious that these speedy aircraft, dispatched from major medical centers with top-of-the-line personnel and equipment, are more likely to save a life [...]

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Health care reform in one state may be a harbinger for national effort

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Health care reform became law, and within four years, 98 percent of the population was covered by insurance. Only 0.2 percent of all children remained uncovered. Racial and ethnic disparities in coverage largely disappeared. Public support for reform hovered at 65 percent, and there was no movement to repeal the law. Is this the future [...]

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Court ruling calls key portion of health care law into question

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The U.S. Constitution does not support a provision of the landmark health care law passed this year that would require most people to get health insurance, according to a Monday ruling by a federal judge in Virginia. Lack of health insurance leads to 44,789 excess deaths in the U.S. each year, a 2009 study estimated. [...]

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Health insurers make big bucks from Big Macs

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Like most businesses, health and life insurance companies are out to make a buck, and one way they augment their income is by investing in other industries. But a new study has found that $1.88 billion from this industry is backing the top five publicly traded fast food chains. Excessive consumption of this sort of [...]

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