When Skinny Isn’t All Good News – Senators Nix Skinny Repeal of Healthcare Law

When Skinny Isn’t All Good News – Senators Nix Skinny Repeal of Healthcare Law

Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that rolls back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But experts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success. Senators are reportedly considering a narrow bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate,” which assesses a tax on Americans who don’t have insurance, along with penalties…

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What Can Trump Do To Medicaid Without Congressional Support?

What Can Trump Do To Medicaid Without Congressional Support?

After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid. President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets. Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin are seeking the administration’s permission to require adult…

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Is Your Tap Water Killing You? Visit This Online Tool and Find Out

Is Your Tap Water Killing You? Visit This Online Tool and Find Out

You’ve likely read about the horror story that is the Flint Water Crisis, so what sort of contaminants might be in your drinking water? Now the Environmental Working Group is offering a tool to help you find out with their Tap Water Database. If you live in the U.S., you can simply enter your zip code – or the name of the local utility – to find out the content of your tap water. EWG is an…

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Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Even If You Have Health Insurance Millions More Uninsured Will Impact Your Coverage

Much has been written lately about how individuals’ health could suffer if they become uninsured under the health insurance proposals circulating in the U.S. House and Senate. But there is another consequence: creating millions more people without insurance could also adversely affect the health of people who remain insured. “We know that communities with higher rates of uninsurance have worse access to care for those with Medicare or private insurance,” said John Ayanian, director of…

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Heartland Institute Editors and Policy Advisors Weigh In On Obamacare Repeal

Heartland Institute Editors and Policy Advisors Weigh In On Obamacare Repeal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday announced the Senate leadership is giving up on its latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) simultaneously because the leadership’s proposed bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, lacks the votes to succeed. McConnell said he will instead seek a vote on a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay “to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that…

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Does Walking Daily Slow Down Alzheimer’s Disease?

Does Walking Daily Slow Down Alzheimer’s Disease?

The Radiological Society of North America released a study indicating walking may slow mental decline in adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

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As Their Health Fails, Seniors Are Dropping Medicare Advantage

As Their Health Fails, Seniors Are Dropping Medicare Advantage

When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats his serious eye condition. “That turned out not to be so,” said Shipotow, 83, who lives in Bensalem, Pa. Shipotow said he had to scramble to get back on a health plan he could afford and that his longtime eye specialist would accept. “You have to really understand your policy,” he said. “I…

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How Does a Child’s Environment Influence Their Development

How Does a Child’s Environment Influence Their Development

The National Children’s Health Study has been launching a long-term research project in San Diego to determine how the environment affects the health and development of a child.

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Deep Analysis of the Senate’s Better Health Care Reconciliation Act

Deep Analysis of the Senate’s Better Health Care Reconciliation Act

Make no mistake this will impact you and your family. This is a critical issue as health care spending is 1/6 our annual domestic spending. The Senate promised a different health insurance plan than the House’s AHCA and they delivered with the Better Health Care Reconciliation Act (complete discussion draft here). You can read the Senate’s own Summary of the Discussion Draft. The BCRA is not a repeal of the ACA, it is instead a…

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