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Jenny Gold

Jenny Gold appears in the following:

Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

Monday, April 06, 2015

Americans spend billions of dollars every year on annual physicals. But there's little evidence that a yearly checkup helps healthy adults. Some doctors are telling patients to skip it.

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Women Having A Heart Attack Don't Get Treatment Fast Enough

Monday, April 06, 2015

Women under 55 are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack than men. Women delay treatment because they may not recognize the symptoms and they're reluctant to make a fuss.

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When It Comes To Insurance, Mental Health Parity In Name Only?

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Many insurance providers that offer mental health care are supposed to cover it just as they would cancer or diabetes care. But advocates say enforcement is a problem.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Exemption From State Taxes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The state's third largest insurer reportedly has $4.2 billion in financial reserves. The firm's former public policy director says the insurer is "unwilling or incapable" of serving the public good.

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Episode 611: Community

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Only one in three students finish community college—even if money is not the problem.

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Vaccination Exemption Blamed For Measles Spread In California

Thursday, February 05, 2015

California lawmakers are proposing new limits on the ability of parents to opt out of vaccinations. It's in response to the measles outbreak that originated in that state.

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Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Despite considerable effort to improve care for people who are dying, more people are reporting pain and depression, a study finds. Medical treatments that lengthen the process may be one reason.

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Proton Center Closure Doesn't Slow New Construction

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A proton beam therapy center in Indiana is closing, and insurers are reluctant to cover the treatment for common cancers. But plans for three new proton therapy centers for the D.C. area are still on.

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Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Many brokers feared the new federal health law would make them obsolete. But more than 40 percent of people who signed up for insurance via Kentucky's state exchange used a broker.

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Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.

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Its Mental Health Treatment System Saves San Antonio Millions

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.

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Two Miles From Protests, Residents Want Calm To Return To Ferguson

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.

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Gripes About Health Costs Punctuate A Cross-Country Trip

Sunday, June 08, 2014

A health reporter traveled across the country and asked people how they feel about health care and health insurance. At almost every stop people complained about the expense.

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Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can't find out what's happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illness.

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With Medical Debt Rising, Some Doctors Push For Payment Upfront

Friday, April 25, 2014

Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.

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Doctors' Offices Get Put On Hold Trying to Find Out Who's Insured

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Verifying that a patient has paid for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can take hours. But if doctors' offices don't check, they can get stuck with the bill.

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How Much Does A New Hip Cost? Even The Surgeon Doesn't Know

Monday, January 06, 2014

Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implanted medical devices. Nearly half of the total goes for orthopedic surgery. Yet doctors who were surveyed about implant prices could only accurately estimate the prices about one-fifth of the time.

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Some Health Screenings May Harm More Than Help

Monday, October 28, 2013

The medical screening tests offered by churches and other nonprofits may sound like a great idea. But some of the tests, which are performed by for-profit companies, are not recommended by national organizations because they can lead to invasive testing and unnecessary treatment.

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Kids With Costly Medical Issues Get Help, But Not Enough

Monday, August 26, 2013

Children with multiple medical problems are a huge expense for state Medicaid programs. Critics say that care could be managed better, saving money and reducing unnecessary tests and treatments.

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