Medicare Removes Stanislaus County Hospital Over Health and Safety Concerns

Modesto, California – A hospital in Stanislaus County has been removed from the Medicare program due to a series of health and safety issues. The hospital, which has not been named, failed to comply with the regulations set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), leading to its exclusion from the federal program. This decision has raised concerns about the quality of care provided at the hospital and its impact on the community. …

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PBMs push back against rising drug costs in health care battle

New York, New York – Health care remains a hot topic in the United States, with Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) at the forefront of attention. PBMs are facing backlash for their role in pricing and accessibility of medications. The fight between stakeholders in the health care industry continues to escalate, with PBMs defending their practices amidst criticism. The complex world of PBMs involves negotiating drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, managing prescription drug benefits for insurers, …

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Maternal Health Equity: Empowering Black Women’s Abortion Access

Washington, D.C. – Black maternal health care and abortion access intersect in a crucial way, with advocates pointing out the disproportionate impact these issues have on Black women. According to experts, systemic racism and bias in the healthcare system contribute to disparities in maternal health outcomes among Black women, including higher rates of maternal mortality. On top of this, restrictions on abortion access can further exacerbate these disparities, as Black women are more likely to …

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Health Advocates Push for HUSKY Age Limit Increase in Connecticut, Citing Accessibility and Affordability Issues

New Haven, Connecticut – Health care advocates in Connecticut are pushing for an increase in the age limit for undocumented immigrants eligible for the state’s Medicare program, HUSKY. Currently, undocumented individuals up to the age of 15 are eligible, and there are discussions in the General Assembly to raise the age limit to 18. Yenimar Cortes, an organizer for Connecticut Students for a Dream in New Haven, highlighted the challenges faced by undocumented individuals in …

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SCOTUS Challenge Over Federal Power Could Have Major Impact on Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court’s upcoming challenge over federal power could have significant implications for the future of healthcare in the United States. The case revolves around the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The high court’s ruling on this case could potentially sway the balance of power between the federal government and individual states in the realm of healthcare policy. At the heart of the matter is the question …

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Superintendent Licata Announces Retirement Due to Health Reasons, Broward Schools Prepares for New Leadership

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Broward County Superintendent Dr. Peter Licata surprised attendees at the Tuesday School Board meeting by announcing his retirement. Licata, who has served in the role since July of the previous year, cited personal reasons for his decision. He expressed gratitude for the support of the community and highlighted the district’s positive trajectory under his leadership. Having spent nearly 30 years with the Palm Beach School District in various roles, including teacher, …

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Rate-Setting Prevails in New State Health Reform Trends, Departing from Market Strategies

Aspen, Colorado – Most state-run health reforms across the United States are trending towards rate-setting mechanisms rather than relying on free market principles. This shift in approach has significant implications for the healthcare industry and the millions of Americans who rely on it. In recent years, more and more states have been exploring the option of setting rates for medical services, prescription drugs, and insurance premiums in an effort to control costs and increase access …

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Disparities in Mental Health Access Plague Ohio’s Health Rankings, New Data Reveals

Columbus, Ohio – Mental health continues to be a significant concern in Ohio, as new data from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio reveals the state ranking 44th in “health value.” This ranking is determined by a combination of population health and health care spending metrics, showing that Ohioans generally live less healthy lives and spend more on healthcare compared to residents of other states. The report highlights various areas where Ohio has seen significant …

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Medicaid Disenrollment Crisis: Millions of Americans Struggle to Regain Health Insurance

Jacksonville, Florida – A 2-year-old girl in Jacksonville, Florida, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis faced a health insurance crisis after losing her Medicaid coverage during the pandemic. The toddler’s mother, along with others, filed a lawsuit highlighting the urgent need for insurance to cover necessary medication and doctor visits. This story reflects a broader issue affecting communities nationwide as the Medicaid expansion, prompted by the pandemic, comes to an end. Many Americans who lost Medicaid coverage …

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Mental Health Struggle: DACA Recipients Face Uncertainty Amid Renewal Deadline

Phoenix, Arizona – Ileana Salinas, a DACA recipient, is facing the uncertainty of her future in the United States as she awaits the renewal of her immigration status. The mental toll of living in constant fear of deportation is exacerbated by the ever-changing immigration policies that impact her community and mental well-being. According to the most recent numbers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are 544,960 active DACA recipients in the U.S., with 20,750 …

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