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Expanded Medicaid in Oregon Brought More, Not Fewer, ER Visits for Nonemergencies

More bad news for Obamacare and its proponents. A new study from Oregon shows that better access to health care increased—rather than decreased—both the number of folks crowding emergency rooms and the subset of those who sought care for conditions that clearly were not emergencies. Many health experts who supported the Affordable Care Act had [...]

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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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U.S. Territory Hospitals Have Higher Death Rates, Less Federal Funding

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It’s no secret that health care in the U.S. is not as good as that in many other developed countries. And a new report finds that hospitals in U.S. territories—including Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands—are even further behind. "Virtually all of the territorial hospitals performed below the U.S. [...]

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How much is that drug ad costing taxpayers?

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Consumer advertisements for at least one popular prescription drug have failed to stimulate increased sales among those on Medicaid, but the ads do seem to have upped the medicine’s price tag, a new study claims, raising policy questions about the direct-to-consumer marketing approach. The research found that running direct-to-consumer ads for Plavix (clopidogrel), a popular [...]

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