Elenilson Franco, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, first sought mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs nearly four years ago.
He is still waiting. The VA lost his original paperwork and hasn't yet approved a new application, he said.
"It's frustrating," lamented Franco, 46, who served...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act through a budget reconciliation bill could cause nearly 30 million Americans to lose health insurance and 9.3 million to lose government subsidies to help them purchase marketplace coverage, according to a new analysis.
The additional 29.8 million uninsured -- 22.5 million from the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Campaigning to repeal and replace Obamacare was the easy part. Now comes the hard slog of legislative reality.
With some Republicans talking publicly and privately about a phase-out period of two years or more, and others expressing a desire to keep parts of the 2010 health care reform, the first order of business for Congress in ...Read more
U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California district.
"It's like they dangled the carrot and now they're taking it away," said Barton, 38, of Bakersfield, an unpaid photographer and stay...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law just as soon as President-elect Donald Trump takes office already has hit snags, and new state-by-state data help show why.
Of the five states whose residents receive the most in subsidies to help them buy insurance, four -- Florida, Texas, North Carolina and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For much of the last two years, Democratic state Sen. David Zuckerman of Vermont thought he was victorious. For more than a decade, the organic farmer had tried to force companies that sell food in his state to label products that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
His legislative colleagues finally agreed to his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Public and private spending for U.S. health care increased to $3.2 trillion in 2015 or nearly $10,000 per person, according to a government report released Friday.
The 5.8 percent spending increase last year is up from a 5.3 percent hike in 2014. Both increases followed five straight years of historically slower growth from 2009 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Health spending in the U.S. picked up again in 2015, but the growth was driven largely by millions of Americans getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, rather than price increases for care, according to a new government report that tracks the nation's overall health care tab.
The 5.8 percent increase -- which pushed ...Read more
Let's just get this out of the way up top: I have depression.
That doesn't mean that I'm weeping inconsolably as I write this. Or that I need an emergency visit from Clarence Odbody, AS2. And it doesn't mean that I'm just a sad guy.
It means that I have a diagnosable illness recognized by the medical profession and the National Institute of ...Read more
Joint replacements. Cardiac care. Chemotherapy.
What do those things have to do with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
Economists and policymakers think the U.S. may be overpaying for such services, which helps drive up health care expenses for everyone. And the health law has a program that includes testing new ways to pay for care -- ...Read more
A breast cancer screening tool developed at Mayo Clinic may benefit women with dense breasts. It's called molecular breast imaging (MBI), and research shows the technology detects more breast cancers in this group of women than mammography. Up to half of women have dense breast tissue.
MBI is a test that uses a radioactive tracer and special ...Read more
Substantially more health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces require consumers next year to pay a hefty portion of the cost of the most expensive drugs, changes that analysts say are intended to deter persistently ill patients from choosing their policies.
The class of medicines known as specialty drugs often treat chronic illnesses ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Despite sharp partisan differences over the Affordable Care Act, Democrats and Republicans, including voters who backed President-elect Donald Trump, strongly support most of the law's key provisions, a new national poll indicates.
And although most Trump voters still favor repealing the law, often called Obamacare, an increasing ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services would be able to repeal one of President Barack Obama's most controversial initiatives: free birth control for women under the Affordable Care Act.
If confirmed, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a legislator with a 100 percent anti-abortion voting record, would be ...Read more
It's the season for outdoor chores. Raking leaves, preparing for winter and setting up Christmas decorations might sounds like a back strain for some.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates roughly 38,000 Americans suffered injuries related to leaf-raking in 2012.
Here are some tips from Kaliq Chang, a physician at Atlantic ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With President-elect Donald Trump slated to nominate Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price as his secretary of Health and Human Services, the incoming president shows he is serious about following up his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Price has been one of the most ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that Republicans' plan for repealing the 2010 health care law is moving forward with the anticipated use of an expedited budget process early next year.
The move would mimic a plan Republicans used to try to gut the law in 2015 but that President Barack Obama vetoed. Though ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are considering a lightning-strike rollback of Obamacare early next year to kick off the Donald Trump era, but first they have to agree on a plan limited enough to hold their caucus together.
Republicans won't have much room for error to successfully repeal Obamacare, a top campaign promise of Trump and ...Read more
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Walking is a milestone in development for toddlers, but it's actually only one part of the complex cognitive task known as gait that includes everything from a person's stride length to the accompanying swing of each arm. A Mayo Clinic study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that problems ...Read more
Chris Cunningham was so thrilled with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, she readily accepted his invitation to an event celebrating its first anniversary in January.
Gaining Medicaid ended her eight years without health coverage and paid for her treatment of a thyroid problem, her lung disease and ...Read more
- Comparing gait parameters can predict decline in memory and thinking
- Damage estimate: Repeal of Obamacare would leave 30 million without coverage
- Temple's health system getting healthier under Larry Kaiser
- Free clinics aim to fill VA's shortfalls in mental health
- Reduce health risks from early removal of ovaries