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Red flags raised on letting employees buy individual plans

Small business groups, insurers, regulators and others worry that a complex Trump administration proposal to let companies offer workers tax-free accounts to buy individual-market health plans could cause mass confusion. Some groups also warn that the proposed rule would let employers reduce their health benefit costs by sending older and …

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After bitter closure, rural Texas hospital defies the norm and reopens

Five months ago, the 6,500 residents of Crockett, Texas, witnessed a bit of a resurrection—at least in rural hospital terms. A little more than a year after the local hospital shut its doors, the 25-bed facility reopened its emergency department, inpatient beds and some related services, albeit on a smaller …

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If you kick or yell during sleep, a new study has found that taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor, are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder. : Health

The title of the post is a copy and paste from the title and first paragraph of the linked academic press release here: KICKING, YELLING DURING SLEEP? STUDY FINDS RISK FACTORS FOR VIOLENT SLEEP DISORDER Taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are …

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Home care program offers hospital-level care

A Texas court’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is reviving the divisive and damaging political battle that threatens the viability of hospitals and the ability of insurers to offer reasonable health policies. But all Americans, regardless of where they stand on the ACA, can agree on this …

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Surgery Center May Have Infected Thousands

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Dec. 26, 2018 — New Jersey outpatient surgery facility HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook may have exposed 3,778 people to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, a recent New Jersey Department of Health investigation found. The surgery center has recommended that anyone who had a procedure there between Jan. …

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Ohio Republicans eye vote to roll back Medicaid expansion

Ohio’s Republican legislative leaders may call a vote this week on rolling back outgoing GOP Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion. They say they may move to override Kasich’s veto last year of a budget bill that would have frozen new enrollment of low-income adults in the state’s Medicaid expansion program …

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Justice Ginsburg Out of Hospital After Surgery

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Dec. 26, 2018 — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85, is recuperating at home after having surgery for lung cancer last week. She was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, according to Kathleen Arberg, public information officer for the Supreme Court. The Justice had two cancerous nodules …

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CHS affiliate to close two Tenn. hospitals this week

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Tennova Healthcare, part of Community Health Systems, will close two Tennessee hospitals this week. Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville and Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown will cease operations on Dec. 28. Tennova announced plans in October to close the two facilities, stating plans to boost local ambulatory …

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How Food Can Protect Cancer ? : Health

Cancer: How Food Can Protect Experts attribute more than a third of cancer deaths to diet. Which components of our food rather harm and which can prevent, has now been researched quite well. The risk of developing cancer depends on several factors. In addition to genetic predisposition and age, nutrition and environmental …

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2018 Year in Review: Bookended by Obamacare, 2018 was the year of policy change

With Congress’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act dead by the end of 2017, any relief the law’s supporters felt were likely short-lived, as 2018 was the year the Trump administration began significantly remolding a law it fundamentally opposes. Led by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who took the reins …

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