The cost of medical treatment depleted Frances Edwards’ savings after she was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in October 2016 — even though she has insurance.
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St. Louis, MO – Nine children with complex medical needs and their families, along with a coalition of parents and caregivers, have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Social Services to compel the State to ensure coverage of the in-home nursing care that it has found the children need. The children are represented by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the National Health Law Program.
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This past October, President Trump issued a proclamation that would bar immigrants in certain visa categories from entering the United States unless they purchase specified forms of health coverage or have the resources necessary to pay “reasonably foreseeable” medical costs. The stated motive is to reduce the costs of uncompensated care, or expenses incurred by hospitals and other providers when they deliver services to people without health coverage or the ability to pay.
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You’ve probably heard it a dozen times by now. But here it goes again: Sleep is important. Just how important? Scientists know that our weight, mental health and immune system are connected to our sleep habits. So are your grades — to a surprising degree, a new study finds.
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Washington, DC--The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Defense Fund, Children's Hospital Association, Family Voices, First Focus on Children, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, March of Dimes and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners issue the following joint statement opposing guidance issued today by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing drastic changes to Medicaid and their detrimental impact on children and families:
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Why This Study Is Important
Across the country, mergers and acquisitions in the hospital industry are reducing competition between local rival hospitals and conferring additional clout to regional and national hospital systems as these systems grow in size and dominance. Strong empirical evidence shows this increased market power enables hospitals to negotiate higher prices. While proponents of hospital mergers often assert that consolidation can also improve quality of care, the limited evidence on this point is mixed and derived primarily from studies examining a narrow set of quality measures for specific acquisitions and for merger activity occurring two decades ago. This study is the first systematic assessment of a broader range of quality impacts on hospitals acquired in a comprehensive set of recent mergers. Its findings belie the claims that hospital consolidation improves quality of care.
What This Study Found
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