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Medicaid Chief Says Feds Are Willing To Approve Work Requirements

UPDATED AT 3:20 P.M. The Trump administration signaled Tuesday that it would allow states to impose work requirements on some adult Medicaid enrollees, a long-sought goal for conservatives that is strongly opposed by Democrats and advocates for the poor. “Let me be clear to everyone in this room: We will approve proposals that promote” employment or volunteer work, Seema Verma, the head of the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a speech to the nation’s state Medicaid directors. Such a decision would be a major departure from federal policy, and critics said it would lead to...

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Norfolk and Norwich Hospital creates A&E for elderly patients

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital creates A&E for elderly patients 7 November 2017 From the section Norfolk Image caption The new A&E department for the elderly is expected to be up and running by December The first specialist A&E department in the country for patients aged over 80 is to be set up next month. The plans by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have been welcomed by Age UK. Elderly patients will be sent straight to a dedicated emergency department when they arrive at the hospital. Age UK said the earlier older patients are assessed, the better, and the...

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Hospice Workers Who Care For The Dying Don’t Plan Ahead Themselves

Hospice workers may witness terminal illness and death almost daily, but that doesn’t mean they’ve documented their own end-of-life wishes, a new report finds. A survey of nearly 900 health care workers at a nonprofit Florida hospice found that fewer than half — just 44 percent — had completed advance directives. Of the rest, 52 percent said they had not filled out the forms that specify choices about medical care. Nearly 4 percent said they weren’t sure if they had or not. That surprised Dr. George Luck, a palliative medicine expert at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine...

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Ohio’s Drug-Pricing Ballot Question Triggers Voter Confusion

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have yet to grapple with rising drug costs, but Ohio voters are being asked — in a single ballot-box question next week — to figure out how best to lower the tab the state pays for prescriptions. The Drug Price Relief Act, better known as Ohio Issue 2, has been promoted and pilloried in a dizzying crush of robocalls, TV and radio ads, and direct mailings. Opponents say it is impossible to implement, could limit patients’ access to medicines and would not necessarily save money. Proponents are selling the initiative as a...

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Beyond Stigma And Bias, Many Transgender People Struggle With Mental Health

Diana Feliz Oliva, a 45-year-old transgender woman who grew up outside Fresno, Calif., remembers being bullied when she was younger and feeling confused about her gender identity. She was depressed and fearful about being found out, and she prayed every night for God to take her while she slept. “I was living in turmoil,” said Oliva, who now works as health program manager in a clinic for transgender people at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles. “Every morning, I would wake up and I knew I would have to endure another day.” Oliva’s experience is...

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