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THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they have suffered financial hardship due to health care costs, a new study finds.

Researchers from the American Cancer Society looked at three different types of problems: difficulty paying medical bills, worrying about bills, and delaying or doing without care.

"With increasing prevalence of multiple ch...

TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While President Donald Trump's latest push to dismantle Obamacare is on hold for now, millions still stand to lose health insurance if it is ever repealed.

"Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House," Trump declared late Monday on Twitter.

Just last week, Trump directed the...

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Folks who aren't covered by private insurance are much more likely to get booted out of the hospital early, a new study finds.

Uninsured patients were also more than twice as likely to be transferred to another hospital and 66% more likely to be discharged outright, compared with people with private insurance, the findings showed.

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THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that brings bad news as America struggles with an opioid epidemic, a new report shows that only four states provide adequate insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

"We are calling on states to ensure health plans cover the full range of effective addiction treatments and address the serious gaps identified in this report,"...

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with heart disease say they face financial strain because of their medical care, with some skipping meds or cutting back on basics like groceries.

That's the finding of a new national study of heart disease and stroke patients younger than 65 -- a group that's too young for Medicare but often lack health insurance, or "g...

TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- On any given night in America, more than 550,000 people are homeless, and they are being hospitalized in greater numbers, a new study suggests.

Despite expanded Medicaid and increased funds for health care clinics, hospitalizations among this vulnerable population are rising, said lead researcher Dr. Rishi Wadhera. He is with the Smith Cent...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. voters' despair over poor health and premature deaths might have tipped the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, a new analysis argues.

Counties that voted Republican more heavily had a 15 percent higher age-adjusted death rate than counties that voted heavily Democratic, researchers found.

In particular, count...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Immigrants in the United States use health care services less often than native-born citizens and may actually be subsidizing some of their health care, a new study reports.

A team of researchers systematically examined 188 peer-reviewed studies since the year 2000 related to health care expenditures on and by immigrants in the United Stat...

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Alec Smith was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly before his 24th birthday. When he turned 26, he lost his health insurance. Less than a month later, he lost his life because he couldn't afford the exorbitant price of his life-saving insulin.

"Alec had a full-time job that didn't offer health insurance. But because he was working full-tim...

MONDAY, May 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease remains a major killer of the homeless, a new review confirms.

A combination of access to care, predicting who's at risk, and challenges of managing care all contribute to the increased odds of dying from cardiovascular disease among this population, researchers reported.

"Clinicians need to make a concerted effort to ov...

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Undocumented immigrants in the United States are often denied treatment for kidney failure until they have a life-threatening emergency. Now a new study finds that the doctors and nurses who treat them are frustrated and demoralized over it.

At issue is access to treatment for end-stage kidney disease -- in which the kidneys can no longer perfo...

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret that money worries can lead to health issues, so reducing monthly bills is a great goal. But it's also important to know that some so-called time-saving conveniences can actually cost you more.

For instance, one study found that people who sign up for auto-pay for their electric bills used up to 7 percent more power than they us...

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical care costs in the United States can be so overwhelming that Americans fear the cost of treatment more than the illness itself, a new poll shows.

"It's shocking and unacceptable that medical bills strike more fear in the hearts of Americans than serious illness," said Shelley Lyford.

She is president and CEO of West Health...

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stigma surrounding Alzheimer's disease may discourage Americans from learning about their risk and from joining clinical trials for potential new treatments, a small survey reveals.

"We found that concerns about discrimination and overly harsh judgments about the severity of symptoms were most prevalent," lead researcher Shana Stites said ...

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who leave the workforce after a breast cancer diagnosis are likely to be black or to have public health insurance or none at all, a new study finds.

In fact, the study found that black women were four times more likely to leave the workforce than were white women. And those with no insurance or public insurance were nearly five times mor...

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows.

A high-deductible health plan was defined by the study as one in which a single person would have an annual deductible of $1,300 or more, and a family would be faced w...

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Time is running out for millions of American kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Stopgap funding for the federal program for these kids will expire Jan. 19. Soon thereafter, states will begin to cut kids' coverage as the money runs dry, experts say.

Nearly 1.7 million children on CHIP in 20 states could...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy and radiation are the standard of care for small-cell lung cancer that hasn't spread to other parts of the body. But many patients don't receive these treatments, a new study indicates.

This less-than-optimal care is reducing survival rates, according to researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your chances of surviving cancer may depend on the type of insurance you have.

Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found significant improvements in survival among cancer patients with private insurance or Medicare, but not among those who have public insurance such as Medicaid, or are uninsured.

The invest...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's often no fun getting old in America: A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isn't an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But America's seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries -- and are more ...

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. cancer patients gained insurance they needed for their care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new research reveals.

Researchers tracked government data on more than 858,000 adults aged 19 to 64 with a first-time cancer diagnosis. The uninsured rate fell from just over 5.7 percent between 2010-2013 to about 3.8 percent in 2014, w...

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans who buy health insurance through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will not pay significantly more for their coverage in 2018, despite actions by President Donald Trump that have roiled the insurance markets.

Eight out of 10 people buying insurance through ACA ("Obamacare") marketplaces qualify for tax credits that lower thei...

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma -- a dangerous form of skin cancer -- but a patient's insurance could affect whether or not that cancer is quickly removed, new research suggests.

After reviewing thousands of melanoma cases, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reported that patients...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that upends conventional thinking about who is typically uninsured, new research finds that 1 in 7 residents in the suburbs don't have health coverage.

When tallied up, that totaled almost 40 percent of all uninsured people in the nation, the study authors said.

"We rarely think about suburbs when we think about vulner...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act halved the number of uninsured cancer patients, a new U.S. study finds.

This matters because "uninsured cancer patients are more likely to go without needed care and treatment, such as radiation therapy or surgery to remove tumors," said study lead author Dr. Fumiko Chino.

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FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sen. John McCain dealt a body blow to the latest effort to replace Obamacare on Friday by announcing that he can't vote for the Graham-Cassidy health care bill as it stands.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. "Nor could I support it w...

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 95 percent of Americans take some action to prevent cancer, according to a new survey.

Three-quarters of respondents said they don't smoke; 74 percent limit their alcohol consumption; 72 percent stick to a healthy diet; and 90 percent are aware of their family's cancer history, the survey found.

Women are far more likely than ...

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday introduced a plan to roll back key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and use that money to provide block grants to states.

It's widely seen as a last-ditch attempt by the GOP to fulfill its vow to replace the health reform law often called Obamacare.

Republicans in the Senate only have until Sep...

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of poor, newly diagnosed cancer patients without health insurance fell in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but remained high elsewhere, according to a new study.

The American Cancer Society study also found a small increase in early stage diagnosis of some common cancers in Medicaid-expansion s...

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering another take on the forces behind the last presidential election, a new study reveals a link between living in an area where life expectancy is lower and voting for Donald Trump.

Researchers have long associated lower life expectancy rates with poverty, lack of health insurance and unhealthy lifestyles.

The latest finding ...

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges the idea that allowing Americans to price shop for health care services could help slow rising health care costs.

"The idea is that if you give consumers good information about prices -- and make sure they have 'skin in the game' through high deductibles or co-pays -- they will choose lower-priced providers and services,...

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican Party's quest to undo the Affordable Care Act -- either by replacing it, repealing it or letting it fail -- is creating enormous uncertainty for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance.

Senate Republicans huddled again Wednesday night to discuss a path forward on health care after several doomed attempts to mo...

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Navigating a thin line between compromise and gridlock, Senate GOP leaders on Thursday released a revised blueprint for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The latest version includes a controversial provision offered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would allow insurers to sell bare-bones health plans ("catastrophic care") as lo...

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with insurance that covers virtual colonoscopy are nearly 50 percent more likely to get screened for colon cancer, a new study shows.

Like traditional colonoscopy, the newer, virtual test can detect precancerous polyps and cancer, but it's less invasive. It uses CT technology to see inside the colon. The American Cancer Society recomm...

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In the midst of another struggle over U.S. health care coverage, a new study finds that Americans who don't have health insurance face a significantly higher risk for premature death.

"The evidence is overwhelming that insurance saves lives and taking away coverage costs lives," said study co-author Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor of pub...

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Congress takes aim at replacing "Obamacare," a new study says Medicaid cuts could boost the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

The study looked at what happened after a budget crunch caused Tennessee to cut nearly 170,000 people from its Medicaid rolls in 2005.

Within the next few years, the researchers foun...

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senate Republicans' efforts to pass a health-care reform bill designed to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act are facing push back from at least eight members of their own party.

If that opposition holds, it would scuttle the GOP proposal, released Thursday, to repeal and replace the health legislation often referred to as Obamacare.

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Attempting to thread a very tight needle, Senate Republicans on Thursday released a health-care reform bill intended to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act while still supporting the public's access to health insurance.

The 142-page bill, crafted behind closed doors, would result in more gradual but deeper cuts to Medicaid funding th...

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients must have access to affordable and adequate care as part of any change to U.S. health coverage, eight major advocacy groups say.

The groups -- representing patients, consumers and health providers -- fear the American Health Care Act (AHCA) approved by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives would impose added costs and risk...

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are routinely overcharged for emergency room care, and minority and uninsured patients are most likely to face this "price gouging," a new report suggests.

For the study, researchers analyzed 2013 billing records for more than 12,000 emergency medicine doctors nationwide.

On average, adult emergency department patients were...

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that passed the House this month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a much-anticipated report released Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that a total of 51 million people under age 65 would be uni...

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans still don't get lifesaving cancer screenings because they are uninsured, a new report reveals.

Uninsured people have the lowest rates of mammography, Pap testing and colon cancer screening in the United States, according to American Cancer Society researchers.

"The report underlines the growing disparities in cancer p...

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income Americans have gained access to medical care and improved their health under the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions, a new study says.

"With Congress debating major changes to the Affordable Care Act, especially for people on Medicaid and with pre-existing conditions, it's critical for policymakers to understand what's at r...

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maureen Murphy believes she has much to lose if Republicans in Congress pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

One of millions of Americans with a pre-existing condition, Murphy was a healthy nonsmoker with normal blood pressure when her medical saga began.

Wha...

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Limited fixes to the shaky health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act were rolled out by the Trump administration on Thursday.

But the changes coming from the Department of Health and Human Services may not be enough to stabilize coverage for millions of Americans, health insurance industry experts told the Associate...

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American children without dental insurance are far less likely to receive necessary care for their teeth than kids with coverage, a new survey finds.

Toothaches and other dental problems that interfere with eating, sleeping or school performance are twice as common for kids without dental coverage, researchers found.

The findings we...