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Does being highly educated increase your longevity?

June 5, 2019

Pinpointing the causal effects of education on mortality is "tricky," but a few studies have "teased out" its impact, according to health economist Austin Frakt.

FDA unveils pilot program to help cancer patients access experimental drugs

June 5, 2019

FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence on Monday announced a new pilot program that will serve as a single point of contact for oncology health care professionals working to help their patients access experimental drugs under FDA's Expanded Access, or "compassionate use," pathway.

Did Medicaid expansion cut racial disparities in cancer care?

June 4, 2019

The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion nearly eliminated a key disparity in cancer care access for white and black U.S. patients, according to a study unveiled Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting.

A wildfire nearly destroyed this California hospital. Is this a chance to 'rethink' care?

June 4, 2019

After the Camp Fire last year destroyed Paradise, a remote town in California, the town is now taking on the enormous task of rebuilding its entire health care system.

The US had 'eliminated' measles. Now it's on the verge of losing that designation.

May 31, 2019

CDC on Thursday announced that the total number of reported measles cases in the United States has reached 971, marking the highest number of measles cases reported in the country in more than 25 years and threatening the United States' World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated the disease.

CMS finalizes long-awaited changes to program that aims to keep frail, elderly out of nursing homes

May 30, 2019

CMS on Tuesday released a long-awaited final rule updating the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, which offers comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, elderly individuals who qualify for nursing home care but are still able to safely live in their communities.

The saga continues: Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicks UPMC-Highmark case back to lower court

May 30, 2019

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 4-3 to order a lower court to reconsider its decision to allow a consent decree mandating that UPMC hospitals accept patients insured by Highmark Health to expire on June 30.

Colorado becomes the first state to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs

May 29, 2019

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) last week signed into law a bill that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Colorado residents with diabetes at $100 per month.

SCOTUS sidesteps ruling on Indiana abortion ban

May 29, 2019

The Supreme Court in an order issued Tuesday upheld part of an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to ensure fetuses are buried or cremated, but the Court chose not to weigh in on a part of the law that banned abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities or the fetus' race, sex, or ancestry.

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