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Indiana Struggles To Control HIV Outbreak Linked To Injected Drug Use

Friday, May 01, 2015

State lawmakers passed a bill this week to allow needle exchanges across a wider area. But health workers in hard-hit counties say they need more help as the number of confirmed cases keeps climbing.

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Morning Edition

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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More Whistleblowers Say Health Plans Are Gouging Medicare

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Federal authorities are investigating claims that some Medicare Advantage health plans have overcharged the government for years by claiming that patients are sicker than they are.

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Is It Time To Make Medical And Family Leave Paid?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Democrats in Congress have reintroduced a bill that would create a national paid leave program, covering two thirds of people's wages for up to 60 days a year. But small business owners are wary.

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Morning Edition

What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Each state has its own stories. In Louisiana, nearly 200,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov, and about 90 percent now get subsidies. What if that help goes away?

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When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Young adults covered by their parents' health plans may balk at getting treatment for mental health or other conditions they would rather not have show up on family insurance statements.

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Morning Edition

Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A measure that would require more children to get vaccinated is moving ahead in the California Legislature. Though the state saw a large measles outbreak this year, final passage may be tough.

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All Things Considered

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Depending on the size of the subsidy they got, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes.

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Quick Income Changes Can Threaten Coverage For Those On Medicaid

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Obamacare added millions of new customers whose incomes hover near the Medicaid line. When their earnings rise or fall, their health insurance could lapse while they're switching plans.

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All Things Considered

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Friday, April 03, 2015

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dr. Dan Swangard doesn't know if he would take lethal medications to hasten death. But as someone with metastatic cancer, he wants to have that choice. He's part of a suit to change California law.

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.

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All Things Considered

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Monday, March 23, 2015

Researchers say their study suggests that more diabetes is being detected in particular states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people have access to screening and care.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Friday, March 20, 2015

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.

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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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All Things Considered

Results Of Many Clinical Trials Not Being Reported

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Federal law requires publicly-funded medical researchers to promptly report the results of many experimental treatments. But few are doing so, a review shows, and patients may be hurt.

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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

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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