Tag Archives: Health Care/Medical Care

As States Strive To Stabilize Insurance Marketplaces, Insurers Return

States increasingly expect to see insurers enter or re-enter ACA marketplaces next year. That’s a critical sign that these exchanges are growing less risky for insurers despite ongoing political and legal battles over the ACA. Felicia Morrison is eager to find a health plan for next year that costs less than the one she has […]
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Guest column: Universal health care — how do we get there?

As we head into the 2020 presidential campaign, the No. 1 issue for most of the Democratic candidates is some version of universal medical coverage for all Americans. Republicans will challenge the need for universal medical coverage by stating that U.S. health care is the best in the world and there is no reason for […]
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Activists Surveilled | News Roundtable | Sucker Fish | Family Leave – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Law enforcement agencies have been actively monitoring and surveilling environmental and tribal activists who are working to stop the proposed Jordan Cove natural gas terminal in Coos Bay. We learn more details from Will Parrish, one of the freelance reporters who broke the story in The Guardian newspaper. Sucker fish in the Klamath Basin were […]
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U.S. health spending twice other countries’ with worse results

The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests. More doctor visits and hospital stays aren’t the problem. Americans use roughly the same amount of health services as people in other affluent nations, the study […]
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Doctors Argue Plans To Remedy Surprise Medical Bills Will ‘Shred’ The Safety Net

A case of questionable logic. Chances are, you or someone you know has gotten a surprise medical bill. One in six Americans have received these unexpected and often high charges after getting medical care from a doctor or hospital that isn’t in their insurance Source: Doctors Argue Plans To Remedy Surprise Medical Bills Will ‘Shred’ The Safety […]
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Pot users: Tell your doc before surgery

When Colorado legalized marijuana, it became a pioneer in creating new policies to deal with the drug. Now the state’s surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists are becoming pioneers of a different sort in understanding what weed may do to patients who go under the knife. Source: Pot users: Tell your doc before surgery;

Health care for region’s vulnerable populations going to new manager

A year ago, a little-known governing body that controls federal health care money in Marion and Polk counties split. Now two groups are fighting for the job, overseeing health care for about 100,000 people in the region. Nearly a year ago, an email landed in Craig Pope’s inbox that would quietly destabilize the order that […]
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Oregon Doctors Are Writing Prescriptions For People to Spend Time Outdoors

The treatment aims to address conditions like anxiety, depression and attention deficit disorder. Oregon doctors are among 75 physicians in the Pacific Northwest who have begun writing prescriptions for people to spend time walking in parks. 12 Oregon doctors are partnering with a non-profit called Park Rx America to prescribe time in nature for conditions […]
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A walk in the park is just what the doctor ordered

Dozens of Pacific Northwest doctors are teaming up with a national nonprofit to write a different kind of prescription. Their “park prescriptions” direct patients with obesity, anxiety, depression or certain chronic conditions to spend more time outside. Physicians already routinely counsel patients to exercise more, as you may know from personal experience. This takes it […]
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Health Facts Aren’t Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority?

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. You will need to run a search for the story in the database since the content was not available at the time of our posting. Alternatively, state employees can contact us […]
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