Bram Sable-Smith

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The ambulance chased one patient into collections

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

After a car wreck, three siblings were transported to the same hospital by ambulances from three separate districts. The sibling with the most minor injuries got the biggest bill.

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They thought they bought Obamacare plans. What they got wasn't insurance

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Some consumers sign up for Obamacare and find out later they actually purchased a membership to a health care sharing ministry. But regulators and online advertising sites don't do much about it.

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How some states are trying to upgrade their glitchy, outdated health care technology

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

The pandemic exposed how old-school tech hampers access to health care and other public services. With new federal funding, states finally have a way to upgrade, if they seize the opportunity.

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Parents of children under 5 are waiting for COVID-19 guidance

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Public health experts have been urging Americans for months to get vaccinated and tested for COVID-19. But the options for children under 5 are limited. Parents long for more support and guidance.

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Vaccinate and test. That advice isn't much help to parents who have kids under 5.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Parents of children too young for vaccines are exhausted. As omicron surges, they keep trying to protect their kids. But some feel isolated and even forgotten by those who just want to move on.

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Getting dental coverage added to Medicare faces pushback from some dentists

Friday, October 29, 2021

Without dental insurance, William Stork has put off getting his rotten tooth pulled; Medicare doesn't cover the $1,000 procedure. Dentists can't agree on whether all seniors should get that benefit.

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Examining COVID-19 Cases In Hard-Hit Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is not easing up in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. With COVID-19 spreading unchecked in nearly every state, we hear from reporters in three hard-hit states.

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Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims To Curb Them ― For Now

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A survey of 17 cities found more than 50,000 pandemic-related eviction filings. Housing advocates worry that increased housing instability will lead to more COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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Eviction Crisis Grows Despite CDC's Moratorium

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Housing and health are intertwined: families are facing eviction even if they are sick or vulnerable. Despite the CDC's moratorium, landlords have filed tens of thousands of eviction notices.

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People With Disabilities Find The Coronavirus Has Cut Them Off From Their Caregivers

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wisconsin was already facing a shortage of caregivers who provide crucial health services and help their clients live and work independently. The pandemic has eroded this workforce even more.

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In Rural Areas Without Pain Or Addiction Specialists, Family Doctors Fill In The Gaps

Monday, December 30, 2019

In rural America, chronic pain and opioid addiction are common, but treatment is often harder to come by. In the village of Necedah, Wis., population 916, one doctor is changing that.

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It's Not Just Insulin: Diabetes Patients Struggle To Get Crucial Supplies

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Type 1 diabetes can be well managed with insulin if blood sugar is consistently monitored. But insurance rules can make it hard for patients to get the medical supplies their doctors say they need.

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What's Behind A Cluster Of Vaping-Related Hospitalizations?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Dozens of people in the Midwest have been hospitalized with severe lung damage in the past month. It's unclear what exactly is causing the problem, but the common link appears to be vaping.

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Storytelling Helps Hospital Staff Discover The Person Within The Patient

Saturday, June 08, 2019

VA hospitals are recording patients' life stories to help strengthen understanding between patients and their caregivers. Including such stories in medical records may even improve health outcomes.

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Storytelling Helps Hospital Staff Learn About The Person, Not Just The Patient

Monday, June 03, 2019

VA hospitals are pioneering the use of storytelling to strengthen the relationships patients have with doctors and nurses. With more information about patients, there may be some health benefits.

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How Much Difference Will Eli Lilly's Half-Price Insulin Make?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Indianapolis-based drugmaker said Monday that it would offer a generic version of Humalog insulin, one of its best-selling medicines. The move could help blunt criticism about high prices.

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American Travelers Seek Cheaper Prescription Drugs In Mexico And Beyond

Monday, February 11, 2019

Faced with high U.S. prices for prescription drugs, some Americans cross the border to buy insulin pens and other meds. At least 1 insurer reimburses flights to the border to make such purchases easy.

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'We're Fighting For Our Lives': Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

Monday, December 10, 2018

The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.

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For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor

Sunday, December 09, 2018

While opioids get all the attention, rural communities struggle with substances like meth and alcohol too. One clinic is building up capacity to treat all of them, using both medicine and counseling.

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Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He's Getting The Shot

Sunday, October 14, 2018

When 39-year-old Charlie Hinderliter got the flu last winter, he ended up in a medically induced coma and spent 58 days hospitalized. Serious, even fatal, complications can hit patients of any age.

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