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They Got A Big ER Bill Because Hospitals Couldn’t Test For Virus

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News July 7, 2020 Fresh off a Caribbean cruise in early March, John Campbell developed a cough and fever of 104 degrees. He went to his primary care physician and got a flu test, which came up negative. Then things got […]

Federal Help Falters As Nursing Homes Run Short Of Protective Equipment

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News June 11, 2020 Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they […]

Testing Remains Inconsistent In Long-Term Care…

Laura Ungar May 12, 2020 Mary Lanham’s assisted living complex in Florida tested all residents for COVID-19 — once in March and again in April — even though no one showed symptoms. The preventive measure put her daughter’s mind at ease, since testing can detect […]

Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To Know

In its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month unveiled a plan that would legalize the importation of selected prescription drugs from countries where they sell for far less. But the plan addresses imports only at the […]

It’s time for Democrats to get their facts right on Medicare-for-all

 By Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, representing Washington’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. In the wake of the second Democratic presidential debate, it is clear that Medicare-for-all has become a defining issue of the 2020 election. Earlier this year, when I introduced our comprehensive, […]

Nurses Heal California | CNA Lobby Day

I recently accompanied 400 of my favorite RNs from the California Nurses Association (CNA) Lobby Day at our California State Capitol, Sacramento. May Day started out with powerful speeches from the executive director of CNA/National Nurses United, Bonnie Castillo. Ms. Castillo spoke about the need […]

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Profits and Prescription Drugs

By Caitlin Hoff Health and Safety Investigator Consumersafety.org The rising cost of medical expenses is nothing new to Americans. In recent years, medical bills have become the number one reason for personal bankruptcy filings in America, and it is not unusual to hear stories of […]

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Marketplace Confusion Opens Door To Questions About Skinny Plans

Consumers coping with the high cost of health insurance are the target market for new plans claiming to be lower-cost alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that fulfill the law’s requirement for health coverage. But experts and regulators warn consumers to be cautious — and […]