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Most NY Marketplace Plans Lack Out-Of-Network Coverage

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

With a few exceptions, all the policies sold on New York's health insurance marketplace won't pay for routine expenses from doctors or hospitals not in their networks.

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Obamacare Cut The Ranks Of The Uninsured By A Third

Monday, March 16, 2015

The percentage of people without health insurance has dropped to 13.2 percent from 20.2 percent in 2012, according to federal officials. The uptick in coverage has been biggest for Latinos.

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Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

Monday, March 16, 2015

The quick rise of measles infections in the wake of cases reported among Disneyland visitors underscores how even a small dip in vaccination rates can allow the virus to spread.

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Morning Edition

A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people known to have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum. His experiences are helping scientists show how this brain structure helps shape who we are.

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Nurses Have To Translate When Medical Devices Fail To Communicate

Friday, March 13, 2015

Medical technology can make patient care better and more precise. But the gadgets and computers can cause trouble, too. One big problem is that most of the devices often can't talk with one another.

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Credit Agencies Agree To Wait Before Adding Medical Debt To Ratings

Friday, March 13, 2015

Insurers sometimes wrangle with patients and for months before paying a bill. A new six-month waiting period will give consumers time to resolve disputes and avoid having their credit ratings dinged.

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Patient With Ebola Is Admitted To NIH Hospital In Maryland

Friday, March 13, 2015

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone is now receiving care at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

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Feds Knew About Medicare Advantage Overcharges Years Ago

Friday, March 13, 2015

An unpublished government study from 2009 sounded alarm bells about the risk formula used to pay privately run Medicare insurance plans. Since then billions of dollars in waste have been documented.

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The Boss Can Force You To Buy Company's Health Insurance

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Under the federal health law, employers with 100 or more full-time workers can enroll them in the company plan without their say as long as the coverage is deemed affordable and adequate.

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Morning Edition

Veterans Choice Act Fails To Ease Travel Burdens For Vets In Need Of Care

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Last year, Congress tried to make getting care for vets easier by giving them the option of going outside of VA facilities. Seems pretty simple, but making that rule work hasn't been all that easy.

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Morning Edition

States Aim To Restrict Medically Induced Abortions

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One in four abortions is induced with medications rather than a surgical procedure. But the process faces a growing number of legal restrictions, including a law in Ohio.

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All Things Considered

FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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Playing The Odds With Statins: Heart Disease Or Diabetes?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Doctors hand out cholesterol-lowering statins like breath mints, but like any drug they come with risks. Less heart disease, sure, a slightly higher risk of diabetes, too. So what's a person to do?

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Morning Edition

With Medicare Pay On The Line, Hospitals Push Harder To Please Patients

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The federal government now factors patient satisfaction ratings into the rates Medicare pays hospitals. Some hospitals with lower ratings are finding it's difficult to change patients' perceptions.

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All Things Considered

College Rape Case Shows A Key Limit To Medical Privacy Law

Monday, March 09, 2015

A woman who is suing the University of Oregon for mishandling her rape case could have her own medical records used against her in court. Yes, that's legal.

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All Things Considered

States Fund Pregnancy Centers That Discourage Abortion

Monday, March 09, 2015

A growing number of states are giving public money to crisis pregnancy centers. But the centers are unregulated, and abortion rights groups accuse them of coercing women with misinformation.

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Supreme Court Sends Birth Control Case Back To Appeals Court

Monday, March 09, 2015

The court has ordered a federal appeals court to take a second look at Univeristy of Notre Dame's challenge to the birth control mandate in Obamacare, including opt-out rules for religious groups.

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Morning Edition

The Gentle Cesarean: More Like A Birth Than An Operation

Monday, March 09, 2015

The goal is simple, the techniques easy. Let the mother see her baby being born, if she wants to, and give her the baby immediately following the birth, so they can bond before the baby is taken away.

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Having Loved And Lost, One Man Takes On Medical Malpractice In India

Saturday, March 07, 2015

It's a country whose people are reluctant to report malpractice. But when a doctor prescribed "an astronomical dose of the wrong steroid" to his wife, Kunal Saha was determined to blow the whistle.

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FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

Friday, March 06, 2015

So-called biosimilar drugs closely mimic existing drugs but are made from living cells, blood components and tissue. In some cases, they could substantially reduce the cost of drugs.

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