Donald Trump’s changes to the Affordable Care Act will deal the biggest blow to the supporters who helped him secure the presidency, according to new analysis. Nearly 70 per cent of people benefiting from cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which Mr Trump pledged to end by executive order last week, live in states that he won during the election last November. Late on Thursday the White House announced it would stop the subsidies which were established under Obamacare and are paid by the federal government to insurers to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented a distorted picture of his tax plan this past week and claimed he was trying to keep the Obama health law's insurance markets afloat even as he took steps that could well sink them.
Democratic attorneys general in Massachusetts and California have filed federal lawsuits against the Trump administration in response to rollbacks of contraceptive mandates in the Affordable Care Act.
New York City's Spencer Cox Center for Health, a facility of Mount Sinai, faxed a patient's medical records to his workplace, publicly revealing that he is HIV-positive.
A stroke patient who was warned she had ‘no capacity for recovery’ by NHS doctors is almost back to full fitness after her husband took her for rehabilitation in South Africa. Rita Guthrie, a former laboratory chemist of Essex, was given just 30 per cent chance of survival and left physically and mentally disabled following a hemorrhage in 2008. She could barely walk, her behaviour became erratic and she was left permanently incontinent. After two years of sporadic care by the NHS and social services, her husband David was told there was no chance she could get any better, and was advised to move her to a care home. It’s a sad state of affairs that Rita’s recovery relied on the manpower and expertise of another nationDavid Guthrie However after a friend suggested the couple try a change of climate, Mr Guthrie took his wife to Fish Hoek near Cape Town where she underwent 18 months of intensive rehabilitation over several years, which included tailor-made exercises, walking and hydrotherapy. A carer working to improve Mrs Guthrie's balance and coordination Now mother of-three Mrs Guthrie, 78, is back to full health, and has only been left with damage to her short term memory. Mr Guthrie has written a new book, entitled Pushing the Boundaries, to encourage other Britons in a similar situation to look elsewhere for treatment. All profits will go to stroke charities. “The experience was awful for both of us and I hate to see anyone else having to go through a similar situation,” said Mr Guthrie, 80, who met his wife when they both worked UK Atomic Energy Authority at Dounreay, Caithness. “The lack of support or practical help from the outset in the UK left Rita being diagnosed as having ‘no capacity for recovery. “The treatment available locally for Rita in no way matched the well-documented recommendations, such as the National Stroke Strategy, for Stroke recovery in the UK. Nor did I receive any form of training in how to cope as a carer. “The South African therapists started with the positive assumption that Rita was able to recover, a full about turn from the conclusions drawn by our own health system which had taken a very negative view of her prospects.” David Guthrie has written a book to encourage stroke survivors to seek better treatment Credit: David Guthrie Around 152,000 people in Britain suffer a stroke each year and two thirds of those will leave hospital with a disability. But recent figures from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy found 85 per cent of health trusts do not offer stroke victims physiotherapy within two weeks of leaving hospital. A fifth make them wait at least 13 weeks and 4 per cent cannot offer sessions until after 18 weeks. Figures by the Stroke Association show that nearly half of stroke survivors feel abandoned when they leave hospital, a finding that the charity described as ‘deeply concerning.’ A survey of more than 1,000 patients for the charity found more than one third reported that they returned home without a care plan or appropriate support in place for their recovery. Almost half said they were not contacted by a healthcare professional when they returned home from hospital while 39 per cent said they did not received a six month assessment of their social care needs. Mrs Guthrie can now enjoy hikes again Mrs Guthrie’s entire treatment programme in South Africa is estimated to have cost £20,000, less than half of the annual cost of a care home in Britain. “It is nonsense to suggest that the straightforward therapy used in Fish Hoek could not be easily set up in the UK,” said Mr Guthrie. “Seven years on from that trip to South Africa, Rita is almost back to full health although short term memory can be a little suspect at times. “Apart from that she’s as fit and alert as any 78-year-old would expect to be. I’ve got my wife back. We are able to do five kilometre hikes together and she was able to nurse me when I developed pneumonia. “It’s a sad state of affairs that Rita’s recovery relied on the manpower and expertise of another nation but I hope ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ and other similar stories of fortitude can help to change our mindset in the UK.” Pushing the Boundaries, a Personal Account of Recovery from Stroke” is available through York Publishing Services Ltd and on Amazon.
The Senate health care bill will have a drastic effect on Planned Parenthood in Alaska, according to a new study shared exclusively with Yahoo Beauty.
Michael Cohen tweeted a picture of his daughter, Samantha Blake Cohen, comparing her to Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, who died from a drug and alcohol overdose.
Viewers loved the natural hair sported by new Miss USA Kara McCullough on Sunday night, especially since last year’s winner also displayed that look.
"As a government employee, I am granted health care, and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you have to have jobs," Kara McCullough said.
Alejandra Campoverdi, former Obama staffer and first-time political candidate, is bringing her family’s struggle with breast cancer — and her own upcoming voluntary double mastectomy — into the campaign spotlight. In a very crowded California special election being held for a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives, this idea of putting the personal into politics is very much in play, as candidate Alejandra Campoverdi is highlighting her medical history as a reason voters should send her to Washington, D.C., to confront President Trump. In the campaign ad, Campoverdi touts her experience in the Obama White House, which makes sense for this largely Democratic race in California.
Jan. 22, 2017, marks the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion care in the United States. The Hyde Amendment, the 40-year-old budget rider that bans federal funds from going toward abortion care, a measure that keeps abortion from being the only — the only — medical procedure banned from Medicaid coverage. As a result, the poorest people in America are kept from having insurance coverage for a procedure that, without coverage, can cost $400 to $1,500 on average, depending at the point in gestation when the abortion is performed.
About half of the babies with it don’t respond to the first drug that’s tried, meaning doctors then use an injectable drug called Synacthen Depot, which one doctor says works 90% of the time. Related: Prescription-Drug Use Just Hit a Crazy New Peak “The price of Synacthen Depot increased by more than 2,000% from $33.05 per vial to $680 per vial,” says a spokesperson for Alberta Health, which delisted the drug in July. Related: Antidepressants Change Feelings of Love Pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt owns the rights to the drug in Canada after acquiring another company last year, and a rep says the drug was losing money when the company acquired it.
Meanwhile, the federal government could offer catastrophic care coverage akin to the National Flood Insurance Program, paid for with taxes on insurers’ profits. He has called for government regulators to determine — “with the help of medical professionals” — what providers can charge for care, ensuring “fair and consistent” payments “throughout the country.” Once he declared his candidacy, Carson said he’d scrap Medicare and Medicaid — two longtime targets of conservatives — and spend the money instead on giving every American $2,000 a year for a health savings account. Now, three months from when Iowa and New Hampshire voters cast ballots, Carson’s campaign is promising a policy announcement that will clarify just where the candidate stands on health care.
Ben Carson also fielded a question from the CNBC moderators on his personal finances, when they brought up his involvement with a shady supplement company. What exactly is Ben Carson’s relationship with supplement maker Mannatech?
Lawmakers, listen up! A poll commissioned by Research!America and ScienceDebate.org has found that 87 percent of Americans say it is important that candidates for President and Congress have a basic understanding of the science informing public policy issues. Given the current conversations in Congress and on the campaign trail, here are 3 key, science-based facts about women’s health. 1. How and Why Breast Exams and Mammograms Happen Clinical breast exams — performed in-office by a woman’s OB/GYN — can be critical for early detection of breast cancer, particularly among young women and are recommended by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to be part of all annual well-woman visits. Repeatedly mentioned in the recent House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee hearing regarding Planned Parenthood, a mammogram is not, as many on the committee questioned, the first step in a breast exam.
To get their drugs approved, manufacturers need to show that they outperform placebos, and the improved placebo performance is making it harder to do that. Related: Millions of Women Suffer From This Ignored Disease “The data suggest that longer and larger trials are associated with bigger placebo responses,” says the author of the paper. “This, in turn, tends to result in the failure of those trials — since it makes it harder for pharmaceutical companies to prove that the drug being tested is more effective than treatment with a placebo." Forbes notes that the finding applies only to the US, and not to other countries studied.
The average deductible now costs an average of $1,300 per year for an individual insurance plan. Four out of five people who receive health care from their employer now pay a deductible, which has increased to an average of $1,300 per year for an individual insurance plan (up from $900 in 2010). Sarah O'Leary, founder of Exhale Healthcare Advocates, a national consumer health-care advocacy group, tells Yahoo Health that she’s not surprised by the findings. “The state and federal governments have been largely unsuccessful in protecting individuals and families from premium and deductible (both in and out of network) increases.” Related: 8.8 Million More Americans Have Health Insurance in 2014 — But Can They Afford to Use It?
You can now learn more about your local hospital in the same place where you read up on restaurant reviews. Nonprofit news organization ProPublica and Yelp recently joined forces to allow information from ProPublica’s health databases to appear on Yelp’s health provider pages. People can also read and post reviews about their health-care providers on Yelp, making the site a more dynamic place to research and compare doctors — and provide more accountability.
The plaintiffs argued that the religious exemption for covering birth control doesn’t go far enough because they must sign away the coverage to another party, making them feel complicit in providing the contraceptives.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.
The outcome of King v Burrell could completely change how healthcare in this country functions. Here's why even those who are totally bored by healthcare should pay attention.