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Parents: Dentist Harmed 131 Kids, Made Millions Doing So

Dr. Howard Schneider may face criminal trial

(Newser) - A Florida mother says she brought her then-6-year-old daughter in for a dental appointment to get a tooth extracted with Dr. Howard Schneider in 2014—but, instead, she came in to the procedure room to find her daughter "face-first" on the bloody floor with scratches, bruises, and all eight... More »

Lawmaker to Diabetic Girl's Mom: Pay for Your Own Meds

Miss. woman 'flabbergasted' by response

(Newser) - A mother of a diabetic girl in Mississippi asked a state lawmaker for help getting through Medicaid red tape and was stunned by his insulting response. "I am sorry for your problem. Have you thought about buying the supplies with money that you earn?" wrote Rep. Jeffrey Guice. Nicole... More »

State Budgets Pushed to Brink by $710-a-Day Drug

It's the latest pharmaceutical pricing controversy

(Newser) - A newly approved drug is being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and makes patients struggle to breathe. But it comes with a punishing price tag—about $710 per patient per day. Orkambi—taken as two... More »

Planned Parenthood Is Suing Texas

The state is trying to block Medicaid dollars

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Federal courts have so far halted similar attempts in Arkansas,... More »

Texas to Planned Parenthood: No More Medicaid Funds

Planned Parenthood vows to fight back

(Newser) - Texas announced Monday that it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos featuring discussions about fetal tissue, potentially triggering a federal court fight like one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide were told in a letter they were being cut off because they... More »

Woman, 87, Convinces New York She's Not Dead

Her Medicaid benefits were cut off due to computer error

(Newser) - The New York City Bureau of Fraud Investigation sent a letter last week announcing that Medicaid health benefits for Selma Cohen had been cut off because the woman had been declared dead. So you can imagine the surprise Cohen, 87, felt when she received the letter. "I couldn’t... More »

What Legislature? Alaska Gov Expands Medicaid Solo

Bill Walker hopes to have 20K enrolled in first year

(Newser) - Alaska's legislature didn't move to expand Medicaid, so Gov. Bill Walker is doing it on his own. Walker says he plans to accept $146 million in federal funds that his state has access to under the Affordable Care Act in order to cover some 42,000 residents who... More »

Emergency Room Visits Rising Under ObamaCare: Poll

Three-quarters of emergency doctors cite increase

(Newser) - Backers of ObamaCare have said it would reduce the number of visits to emergency rooms, the Wall Street Journal notes, but in fact, a poll of ER doctors finds that number has been climbing. "Visits are going up despite the (Affordable Care Act), and in a lot of cases... More »

ObamaCare Perk: Better Diabetes Diagnosis?

Report suggests health care law could stave off disease's serious complications

(Newser) - A new study may lend credibility to ObamaCare's effectiveness when it comes to fighting diabetes, the New York Times reports. The Quest Diagnostics study published today in the Diabetes Care journal shows that in the 24 states that didn't expand their Medicaid programs, the number of Medicaid patients... More »

Rural America Is Losing Its Hospitals

Some blame states' failure to expand Medicaid

(Newser) - The closing of a hospital in rural North Carolina may not seem like a huge deal—on its own. But the shuttering of Pungo Hospital in the largely black town of Belhaven is just another example of a US rural hospital closing up shop, Al Jazeera reports. Last year, 14... More »

Did Va. Republicans Just Bribe a Senator to Resign?

Democrat to step down today, take Tobacco commission job

(Newser) - A Virginia state senator plans to announce his resignation today, in what looks like a masterstroke from state Republicans in their ongoing battle with Gov. Terry McAuliffe over expanding Medicaid. Democrat Phillip Puckett will step down effective immediately—and be swiftly appointed to the state tobacco commission, which is controlled... More »

Family of Man Killed at State Institution Gets $11M Bill

Rasheen Rose died after being restrained, sister filed lawsuit

(Newser) - Rasheen Rose died while being restrained at Fineson Developmental Center, a state institution in Queens, on August 6, 2012—a death that was ruled a homicide by the New York medical examiner, and into which the district attorney's investigation is still open. Shaneice Luke, Rose's sister, filed a... More »

Insurers Panic Over $1K-a-Day Wonder Drug

Congress demands to know why Sovaldi is so expensive

(Newser) - The FDA only approved Sovaldi in December, but the hepatitis C treatment is already setting records, with as much as $10 billion in sales expected in the first year alone. And why not? It has few side effects, cures 90% of patients, and, oh yeah, costs $1,000 a day.... More »

Quitting ObamaCare Takes Woman 6 Weeks

As Medicaid expansion makes headway

(Newser) - Signing up for ObamaCare wasn't easy for Missouri resident Lesli Hill, but getting off the program was a nightmare. When she found an individual insurance plan with better benefits, she tried unenrolling from ObamaCare and spent 6 weeks talking to operators, using online chat, and sending emails, Hill tells... More »

Paul: ObamaCare Screwup Gave My Kid Medicaid Card

Plus: Napolitano doesn't think Snowden should get clemency

(Newser) - Rand Paul is no fan of ObamaCare , and today less so. The Kentucky Republican took to This Week today to wave a Medicaid card at the camera—a Medicaid card he says was erroneously issued to his son when he was signing up for health insurance. "So, really, most... More »

Expanding Medicaid Led to More ER Visits

Harvard research debunks ObamaCare talking point

(Newser) - One of the favorite arguments of Affordable Care Act supporters has long been that the newly-insured poor will use primary care doctors more and expensive emergency room services less, saving the government money. But a new Harvard study totally contradicts that claim. Researchers looked at Oregon's partial 2008 Medicaid... More »

15K Health Site Users' Data Didn't Reach Insurers

Plus: Thousands hit with wrong enrollments, denials

(Newser) - The White House is releasing new data on the effectiveness of, and many of the figures aren't pretty. The Washington Post reports that the registrations of nearly 15,000 people who signed up for plans failed to arrive in insurers' inboxes, at least at first. Things have... More »

Russian Diplomats Charged in $1.5M Medicaid Fraud

More than 3 dozen diplomats and their spouses accused of faking births

(Newser) - More than three dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses enjoyed luxury vacations and spent tens of thousands of dollars at the finest stores as they lied about their incomes to get the government to pay their health care bills, federal prosecutors in New York said today. The diplomats were among... More »

The ObamaCare Fight's New Front: States

GOP state senators in Virginia say anti-ACA groups are trying to intimidate them

(Newser) - The whole federal government shutdown thing didn't work out so well for anti-ObamaCare activists, so expect the next war to be waged at a state level, predicts the New York Times . In Virginia, the Republican state senator heading a commission to decide whether to expand Medicaid says he's... More »

8M Poor People Still Not Covered by ObamaCare

They live in states that opted out of the Medicaid expansion

(Newser) - The new health-care exchanges set up under ObamaCare are now a reality , but a New York Times analysis finds a problem with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act that goes beyond software glitches . About 8 million working poor people who need health insurance still can't get it, with... More »

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