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Furloughed Federal Workers’ Health Coverage Intact Health
Furloughed Federal Workers’ Health Coverage Intact
January 20, 2019
by Christina Paulos

Joseph Daskalakis’ son was born New Year’s Eve, a little more than a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected. Oliver ended up in a specialized neonatal intensive care unit, the only one that could care for him near their... Read More

Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis Spotlight
Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis
January 16, 2019
by Bill Myers

Most epidemics start with a patient zero. Here in northwest Illinois, the opioid epidemic features a doctor zero. About 10 miles west of Dixon, up Route 2 and following the Rock River, under the shadow cast by the husk... Read More

Health Law Appeal Paused as Shutdown Affects Federal Courts Health
Health Law Appeal Paused as Shutdown Affects Federal Courts
January 13, 2019
by Christina Paulos

The partial government shutdown halted a major challenge to the 2010 health care law among other civil litigation on Friday, as Justice Department lawyers sought the same in a challenge from three Senate Democrats... Read More

A Failed State, How Illinois’ Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis Spotlight
A Failed State, How Illinois’ Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis
January 9, 2019
by Bill Myers

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of their drug problem. It became a war of attrition — and the opioids won. A few years ago, Lee County authorities charged... Read More

The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs Spotlight
The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs
January 2, 2019
by Bill Myers
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Opioids have overwhelmed rural Illinois. Desperate, the cops in Ronald Reagan’s hometown have stopped arresting people and started getting them help. In an exclusive series, The Well News looks at “Safe Passage,” a... Read More

After Years of Assailing ‘Obamacare,’ Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout Health
After Years of Assailing ‘Obamacare,’ Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout
December 29, 2018
by Christina Paulos

Republicans in Congress, fresh off an election that punished their party for opposing health care protections... Read More

After Years Underground, A Kentucky Coal Miner With Black Lung Faces the Future Health
After Years Underground, A Kentucky Coal Miner With Black Lung Faces the Future
December 28, 2018
by Christina Paulos

When Danny Fouts was a young man, his daddy warned him about the dangers of working long hours in the mines. “You’ll end up killing yourself for nothing, just to make other men rich,” Vernon chided his son when he... Read More

AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces? Health
AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?
December 19, 2018
by Christina Paulos

Josh Hawley is in a bind as he enters the U.S. Senate and has to deal with fixing the nation’s health care system. The Missouri Republican was one of the state attorneys general to sign on to a lawsuit that led to a federal... Read More

CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US Spotlight
CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US
December 18, 2018
by TWN Staff
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Rx Drug Spending Slowest Growing Component of 2017 Health Care Expenses. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 National Health Expenditure (NHE) data, detailing the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States... Read More

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone Health
Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone
December 17, 2018
by Christina Paulos

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance... Read More

Texas Judge’s Ruling That Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional Could Leave the Law Fatally Wounded — or Even Stronger Health
Texas Judge’s Ruling That Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional Could Leave the Law Fatally Wounded — or Even Stronger
December 16, 2018
by Christina Paulos

More than 130 million Americans woke up Saturday morning to the news that their health care coverage has been thrown into doubt. That’s because, late Friday night, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act — including its exchange health plans... Read More

After Court Ruling, Crusade Against Obamacare Becomes Unshakable Liability for GOP Health
After Court Ruling, Crusade Against Obamacare Becomes Unshakable Liability for GOP
December 16, 2018
by Christina Paulos

Dismantling Obamacare has been a top GOP priority for eight years, but a fresh court victory that resurrects the prospect of wiping the law off the books is fast becoming a political albatross for Republicans. Read More

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