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Repeal & Replace Watch: What you need to know about changes to the health law

October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Rovner and Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News Apparently frustrated by Congress’ inability to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump decided to take matters into his own hands. Late the evening of Oct. 12, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier in the day, Trump signedRead More

Lawyers, advocates and clinicians band together to defend nondiscrimination section of ACA

September 19th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Quality Care

As the debate continues over the possible repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), civil rights and patient advocacy groups have banded together to issue a defense of nondiscrimination protections found in Section 1557 of the health care act. Section 1557 extends nondiscrimination protections found in other areas of civil law to individualsRead More

End-of-life advice: More than 500,000 chat on Medicare’s dime

August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

By JoNel Aleccia | Kaiser Health News The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. But when Steinberg, a palliative care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger womanRead More

Congratulations Patient Advocate Kathy Almoradie, 2017 Platinum Award winner

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Advocacy Stories, Quality Care

Congratulations to Kathy Almoradie, who was the 2017 DecisionHealth Platinum Awards winner in the Case/Care Manager category for the Patient Advocate. Winners were announced in May at the 8th Annual Platinum Awards luncheon in Baltimore. Here is the award-winning entry describing Almoradie’s work as a strong patient advocate who “demonstrates values of compassion, integrity, relationships,Read More

When an insurer balks and treatment stops

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News Gillen Washington, a student at Northern Arizona University, had been getting medication for an immunodeficiency disease since 2011. But when he went to his clinic in November 2014 for the monthly dose, a nurse told him his insurance company had denied it. Soon after, the plan sent himRead More

Parents of sick children fear trap if states have say on ‘preexisting conditions’

May 15th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media Ryan Lennon Fines of Missouri seems like a typical 2-year-old. He and his parents, Scott Fines and Brianna Lennon, flip through a picture book of emergency vehicles. Ryan is looking for the motorcycle, but a photo of an airplane catches his dad’s eye. “That’s an air ambulance,” Fines tellsRead More