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Watch: What You Should Know About The New Rule On Short-Term Health Plans Feature
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Watch: What You Should Know About The New Rule On Short-Term Health Plans

Video discussion about the problems with short term health plans – also known as "skinny plans," which may have lower monthly premiums, but will not provide the benefits or protections required by the ACA.

Marijuana is a Lot More Than Just THC—a Pharmacologist Looks at the Untapped Healing Compounds
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Marijuana is a Lot More Than Just THC—a Pharmacologist Looks at the Untapped Healing Compounds

Medical marijuana is generating greater attention as more states legalize its use. However, there are many different active chemical compounds in the different strains of the cannabis plant.

This Time When My Water Breaks, Take Me To A Hospital Without Surprise Bills
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This Time When My Water Breaks, Take Me To A Hospital Without Surprise Bills

Unexpectedly high "surprise" medical bills for having a baby are not uncommon, but also lead women to find a different doctor or hospital for their next child so they can avoid those surprise high costs.

Progressives Tout 'Medicare-For-All' But States Eye 'Medicaid Buy-In'
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Progressives Tout 'Medicare-For-All' But States Eye 'Medicaid Buy-In'

As policy makers seek to find ways to expand access, some Federal officials are touting Medicare-For-All, while some state officials are exploring an option to get more people into state Medicaid programs. Both ideas have supporters and detractors.

Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Surprise Medical Bills
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Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

States are looking at laws to prevent patients from receiving very costly surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers sending patient bills under a practice called balance-billing.

Broker Websites Expand Health Plan Shopping Options While Glossing Over Details
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Broker Websites Expand Health Plan Shopping Options While Glossing Over Details

Websites for people looking for health insurance may lead them to brokers that offer plans that don’t meet ACA requirements, provide less information about the costs and coverage of those non-ACA plans, and which earn insurance brokers more money.

The High Cost Of Sex: Insurers Often Don’t Pay For Drugs To Treat Problems
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The High Cost Of Sex: Insurers Often Don’t Pay For Drugs To Treat Problems

Women and men can experience sexual problems as they get older and there are FDA approved medicines that can help. However, despite the medical need to treat conditions such as vaginal dryness, insurers may balk at paying for those medicines.

Cancer's Complications: Confusing Bills, Maddening Errors And Endless Phone Calls
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Cancer's Complications: Confusing Bills, Maddening Errors And Endless Phone Calls

Patients with cancer face not just the challenges of their illness and the treatments, but also high costs for care, confusing insurance rules, and often chaotic processes at insurance companies.

Ads For Short-Term Plans Lacking ACA Protections Swamped Consumers' Online Searches
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Ads For Short-Term Plans Lacking ACA Protections Swamped Consumers' Online Searches

Online searches for health insurance very often bring up ads for short-term plans that don't have to meet ACA minimum requirements, exclude pre-existing conditions; don't cover maternity care, preventive care and may have deductibles of $10,000 or more.

HealthyWomen Opposes Proposed Changes to Title IX’s Rules for Sexual Harassment and Assaults Involving Students
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HealthyWomen Opposes Proposed Changes to Title IX’s Rules for Sexual Harassment and Assaults Involving Students

HealthyWomen opposes the proposed changes to Title IX because sexual harassment and sexual assaults have long-lasting consequences for women's physical and mental health.

A Parent-To-Parent Campaign To Get Vaccine Rates Up
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A Parent-To-Parent Campaign To Get Vaccine Rates Up

Parental concern about vaccines continues to prevent kids from getting vaccinated, which puts newborns and others at risk of illness and death. One group in South Carolina is working on peer education.

Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents
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Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents

Medicare, along with many others who pay for health care, is looking at safety issues in hospitals. Medicare has a specific program that reduces payments to hospitals that have higher rates of infections, other complications, and patient injuries.

Podcast: KHN's 'What The Health?' What Just Happened To The ACA And What Happens Now?
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Podcast: KHN's 'What The Health?' What Just Happened To The ACA And What Happens Now?

A federal district court ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional raises doubts (again) about the law, even as more people benefit and premiums for ACA plans have stabilized. Listen to the podcast.

Now Is the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance and We Can Help
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Now Is the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance and We Can Help

Let's make this year’s open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a little easier. Check it out.

Say 'No' to NIH Funding Cuts
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Say 'No' to NIH Funding Cuts

Preserve research on sex differences.