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Sep 25, 2019
About Asking Never Hurts

A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape.

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Are you among the 2.9 million freshmen nationwide who have just started college, or are about to? As you buy your books, ponder the best meal plan or wonder whether you will...

Sep 24, 2019

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In the first three months after getting his Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, Ric Peralta said, he reduced his average blood sugar level by 3 percentage points.

“It took me from not-very-well-managed blood sugar to something that was incredibly well managed,” said Peralta, a 46-year-old optician in Whittier, Calif., who was diagnosed with Type 1...

Sep 20, 2019

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Royal Caribbean’s gargantuan Oasis of the Seas boasts four outdoor pools and an 82-foot zip line and made quite a splash shortly after its 2014 refurbishment when it added the first Tiffany & Co boutique at sea.

But in January 2019, the cruise ship, which bills itself one of the world’s largest, produced less cheerful news: Hundreds of...

Sep 19, 2019

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Tennessee announced this week that it hopes to become the first state to take the Trump administration up on its offer to transform funding for its Medicaid program into a block grant. Tennessee, expected to formally file its plan this fall, is betting it can find ways to lower the costs of caring for its low...

Sep 19, 2019

DENVER — Two days before his wedding, Cameron Fischer had one heck of a bachelor party, hitting a few bars in the Old Town section of Fort Collins, Colo., with his friends into the wee hours. The next morning, the 30-year-old IT professional from nearby Loveland woke up with a killer hangover.

“I couldn’t keep anything down,” Fischer said. “I just felt miserable.”

He was in such bad shape that, with their wedding day fast approaching, Fischer’s fiancée urged...

Sep 16, 2019

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. — On a hot June day as the Good Ol’ Days festival was in full swing, 7-year-old Kaidence Anderson sat in the shade with her family, waiting for a medevac helicopter to land.

A crowd had gathered to see the display prearranged by staff at the town’s historic fort.

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Sep 13, 2019

“The difference between what I support and what you support, Vice President Biden, is that you require them to opt in [to a Medicare public option], and I would not require them to opt in. … They would automatically be enrolled. That’s a big difference. … Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?”

Julián Castro on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in a Democratic presidential debate

One of the most explosive moments of the Democratic debate...

Sep 13, 2019

“Was it 150 million people on private insurance? 50 million of those people lose their private insurance every year when they quit their jobs, or they go unemployed or their employer changes their insurance policy.”

Bernie Sanders on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in comments during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Houston

The moderators kicked off the third Democratic debate with the topic of health care, teeing up another round of...

Sep 12, 2019

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The annual report from the Census Bureau, released this week, found that 27.5 million Americans were without health insurance last year, an increase of nearly 2 million from 2017. The 0.5 percentage point increase in the uninsured rate — to 8.5% — was the first in a decade and came as unemployment and other...

Sep 12, 2019

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Nearly 8 in 10 Americans support legislation to protect people from surprise medical bills, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

That support persisted no matter which party was asked: 84% of Democrats, 78% of independents and 71% of Republicans said they support surprise billing legislation, according to the poll. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent...

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