Healthcare Economy

Government Share of ACA Premium Hikes Adds $194 Billion to Federal Deficit

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) issued a report Tuesday on the effect of terminating payments of cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) to ...
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Alcoholism Rises in US; Study Says 1 in 8 Adults Considered to Be an Alcoholic

The rate alcohol use disorder, also known as alcoholism, rose by 49% in the first decade of the 2000s, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month. ...
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Study Says 1 in 12 Doctors Received $46 Million in Payments From Drug Companies Selling Painkillers

One in 12 U.S. doctors received more than $46 million from 2013 to 2015 in payments from drug companies that were selling strong painkillers, according to a study released Wednesday ...
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Over 90 Million Americans Used Prescription Opioids in 2015

No wonder there is a national problem with opioid use. A contributing factor has to be that almost 92 Americans used opioids in 2015. Many of these people misused the medication, ...
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Report Claims Pittsburgh Officials Misled Public Over Tainted Water

Residents in Pittsburgh were given “misleading” statements by health officials who “deflected” attention from lead-contaminated water, according to an audit in a report from the Guardian newspaper. The information came ...
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Report Ties Drop in Childhood Lead Exposure With Crime Decrease

A drop in the exposure to lead among children in their preschool years reduces antisocial behavior and may be a factor behind the decline in crime over the past few ...
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Study Shows Alaskans Spend Most on Drugs per Day

A new report details the extent of Americans’ drug consumption, which are the narcotics of choice, which states' residents spend the most to get the drugs and what some people ...
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An STD Test People Can Do at Home

As sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have spread, particularly human papillomavirus (HPV), the population of people who should be tested also has spiked. Whether they are tested is another matter. The ...
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Prescription Drug Misuse Hits 70% of American Workplaces

Prescription drug misuse has spread so much that it is a problem in over 70% of American workplaces. This is according a new survey by the National Safety Council. New ...
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What Are the Odds That Your Medical Information Has Been Stolen?

A recent survey from Accenture showed that 26% U.S. consumers have had their personal medical information stolen from technology systems, and half of those who experienced a breach were victims ...
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Has the IRS Driven the First Nail Into Obamacare’s Coffin?

One of the first orders that President Donald Trump signed on the day he was inaugurated was a directive requiring federal agencies to minimize the economic and regulatory burdens of ...
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Americans, Worried About Heart Disease, Don’t Know What Causes It

Americans are worried about dying from heart disease. However, a new study shows that most people don't know what causes it. The Cleveland Clinic recently issued research that showed the ...
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Obamacare Repeal Cost: 1.2 Million Jobs Nationwide

Ever since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) has been under attack by congressional Republicans and its repeal was guaranteed by candidate, now President, Donald Trump. ...
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What the FDA Approves — and What It Doesn’t

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes a decision to approve or reject a new product, that decision often dictates whether a small company will flourish or disappear. But ...
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America’s 400 Richest Taxpayers Could Get $7 Million Tax Cuts If ACA Is Repealed

A certain beneficiary of the Republican congressional delegation's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — widely known as Obamacare — will be the 400 richest households in the United ...
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