Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 6:59pm
Imagine living in communities that defy social definition. This is Indian country, where our identification is usually stereotyped as sports mascots, grandparents raise their grandchildren and the annual household income isn't even in the same neighborhood as the national average. ...
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 6:39pm
In Florida, an estimated 750,000 residents will fall into the coverage gap, where they earn too much to receive Medicaid and not enough to qualify for a premium subsidy to buy a private plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace....
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 1:55pm
American Indians represent the “gold standard” for bad health in this country. We top the lists for mental health related illnesses like addiction and suicide. American Indian women also suffer the highest rates of sexual assault of any U. S. ethnicity.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:22am
Homeless Alaskans are being found dead on the street with alarming regularity. During a one-year period beginning in spring 2009, so many bodies appeared that some residents in the state's largest city that spread rumors of a serial killer. What's being done to assuage their plight?
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:07pm
The basics of the healthcare system and medical insurance coverage and the effect it may have on Latinos' participation in the Affordable Care Act's marketplace.
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 9:07am
New drugs are about to revolutionize the way we treat- and cure - Hepatitis C. But are we ready to pay for these expensive treatments for the wave of baby boomers who are going to need them?
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 4:00am
Can health insurance premiums actually be too low? Veteran reporter Jordan Rau's recent piece for The Atlantic investigates that very question, and in doing so, provides a master class in reporting on health insurance markets in a post-reform world.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:52pm
Using a bucket as a toilet, hauling water or chopping ice to melt for daily use are daily facts of life for thousands of Alaska natives. Meanwhile, the state is flush with cash, prompting the question of why such conditions persist.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:36pm
In the Pacific Northwest, are polluted waters and a diet of fish putting tribal people at risk for diseases like cancer? In the coming weeks, Washington state is likely to propose new water quality standards, which will renew public debate about how to protect coastal waters.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:43pm
We've entered an interesting moment in health care. The patients hospitals and doctors have historically made money on — the so-called "frequent fliers" — have become millstones around their necks. In this ACA-era, healthcare providers and insurers must find ways to limit their return trips.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 4:00am
News reports on health reform tend to focus on patients and consumers. But how are doctors faring? Some voice complaints of administrative kinks, reimbursement struggles, and coverage confusion. But not all of these problems are new, and some docs emphasize the gains being made.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 4:00am
A new review published this week marshals further evidence that childhood vaccines are not associated with autism or leukemia. Meanwhile, pertussis and measles outbreaks have been on the rise, partly owing to parents choosing to not have their kids vaccinated.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:30am
Like fashion and football, health care has its trends. And one of the bigger trends now is “hot-spotting,” the practice of using data to identify those who are the “super utilizers” of the health care system and surrounding them with services in an attempt to cut health care spending. ...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:00am
Check out this week's jobs in the health journalism field, and for journalists who cover issues in aging or work for ethnic media outlets, don't forget to apply to the the Journalists in Aging Fellows program this week.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:00am
Last week, the Health Officers Assoc. of California announced it will launch a continuing medical education program for valley fever. It shouldn't have required widespread press and the new U.S. House majority leader to get to this point.