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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.

The Remedy For Surprise Medical Bills May Lie In Stitching Up Federal Law
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The Remedy For Surprise Medical Bills May Lie In Stitching Up Federal Law

When people get surprise medical bills because they received care from out-of-network providers or clinicians, state laws designed to protect them from huge bills may not apply when their job-based health insurance if from a company that self-insures.

Parent Alert! Your Kid May Be Vaping More Than Tobacco
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Parent Alert! Your Kid May Be Vaping More Than Tobacco

Parents need to be concerned about what kids are using in vaping devices (also known as e-cigarettes) since they can contain marijuana and not just nicotine and flavorings.

HealthyWomen Welcomes USPSTF Decision to Retain Recommended Co-Testing Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening
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HealthyWomen Welcomes USPSTF Decision to Retain Recommended Co-Testing Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

HealthyWomen welcomes the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) decision today to retain its guidelines recommending testing for HPV infection during a Pap test as an appropriate preventive measure for screening for cervical cancer.

Trump Administration Loosens Restrictions On Short-Term Health Plans
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Trump Administration Loosens Restrictions On Short-Term Health Plans

Short term health plans will be available starting in October. They may deny insurance to people with pre-existing condition, and they may not cover maternity care, preventive care, mental health services or substance abuse treatment.

As Treatable As Diabetes? Lawmakers Push New Ways To Stem Opioid Addiction
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As Treatable As Diabetes? Lawmakers Push New Ways To Stem Opioid Addiction

When people are using medicines to treat their opioid use disorder – just like diabetics use insulin – and their insurance requires pre-authorization before they can get their monthly supply of their medicine, this puts them at great risk for relapse.

Pediatricians Put It Bluntly: Motherhood and Marijuana Don't Mix
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Pediatricians Put It Bluntly: Motherhood and Marijuana Don't Mix

Women who are pregnant of breastfeeding their infants should avoid marijuana since THC (one of the active compounds in marijuana) can easily cross the placenta and accumulate in the brain and fat of the fetus, and this can harm the fetus or their baby.

Babies Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech
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Babies Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech

Infants born to women who have been using opioids have developed a physical dependence on the opioid while in the womb. New studies have shown how physical contact can help those infants do better, reduce symptoms of withdrawal, and recover more quickly.

Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid-Prescribing Debate
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Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid-Prescribing Debate

People with chronic pain may be having trouble getting adequate medication because of concerns about opioid over prescribing and new rules and laws intended to reduce over prescribing and abuse.

Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care
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Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care

Many patients are receiving large medical bills for hospital or other services according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. This poll also found that most people strongly favor protecting the insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Biorhythms And Birth Control: FDA Stirs Debate By Approving 'Natural' App
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Biorhythms And Birth Control: FDA Stirs Debate By Approving 'Natural' App

FDA's approves two new methods for birth control – a phone app to help women understand when they are likely to conceive, and a long-term vaginal ring.

Congress: Keep the REMS Safety Program Intact
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Congress: Keep the REMS Safety Program Intact

Congress should pause and not pass the current CREATES legislation now under consideration. Phyllis Greenberger unravels the complexities behind this important patient safety debate.

No Gaps In Understanding: Here's Your Primer On Medigap Coverage
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No Gaps In Understanding: Here's Your Primer On Medigap Coverage

Choosing Medigap insurance or enrolling in a Medicare Advantage (HMO) plan involves some careful research and decision making to ensure you aren’t left with large bills or unable to see the providers you want or need because of pre-existing conditions.

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

Preserve research on sex differences.