Elana Gordon http://upr.org en Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap http://upr.org/post/young-people-are-falling-health-insurance-subsidy-gap Some young people seeking to buy health insurance are finding themselves falling into a subsidy gap that leaves them ineligible for financial assistance that was heavily advertised.<p>Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year.<p>But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 38379 at http://upr.org Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements http://upr.org/post/philadelphia-childrens-hospital-bars-herbs-and-supplements One of the nation's largest and oldest children's hospitals is cracking down on parents who bring their kids herbs, extracts or other dietary supplements.<p>In what it describes as a break from other hospitals, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, last month removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medicines, and established new policies for administering them.<p><a href="http://paul-offit.com/">Dr. Paul Offit</a>, chief of infectious diseases at CHOP, tells The Salt the move comes after a "growing level of frustration" over the years. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 33237 at http://upr.org Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way http://upr.org/post/pennsylvania-governor-talks-plan-expand-medicaid-his-way Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have been watching fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio who bypassed the Republican Legislature in his state this week to expand Medicaid.<p>As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to make coverage available to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up the entire tab for the first three years.<p>Only <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-activity-around-expanding-medicaid-under-the-affordable-care-act/#map">about half the states</a> so far have planned to do that, starting Jan. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 32321 at http://upr.org Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom http://upr.org/post/cerner-fights-share-electronic-medical-records-boom This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data.<p>The U.S. health system is undergoing a fundamental technological shift right now. Doctors and hospitals are finally moving to electronic health records, and it's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/15/201410052/doctors-take-prescription-for-computerized-records">not easy</a>. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 27592 at http://upr.org Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom Got A Health Care Puzzle? There Should Be An App! http://upr.org/post/got-health-care-puzzle-there-should-be-app Kansas City, Mo., is looking to boost its health-tech cred.<p>So the city that's home to <a href="http://www.cerner.com/About_Cerner/">Cerner Corp.</a> and other health information firms seemed a natural to host something called the <a href="http://hackovate.com/">Hackovate Health Innovation Competition</a>.<p>A mashup of innovation and old-school hacking (though none of the participants was bent on doing harm, we're assured), the goal of the competition was to improve the nation's health system and help people navigate the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.<p>Oh, there was a catch. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 21144 at http://upr.org Got A Health Care Puzzle? There Should Be An App! Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit http://upr.org/post/hospital-bids-bye-bye-big-macs-others-may-follow-suit The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.<p>Earlier this year, hospital CEO <a href="http://www.trumed.org/truweb/corporate/about_tmc/executive_bios/bios_bluford.aspx">John Bluford</a> told The Salt that the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/05/150091951/fast-food-chains-in-cafeterias-put-hospitals-in-a-bind">presence</a> of the McDonald's — located just feet from a revamped cafeteria to Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:51:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 18178 at http://upr.org Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit Missouri, Kansas Reject Health Exchanges http://upr.org/post/missouri-kansas-reject-health-exchanges Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 16333 at http://upr.org Fast Food Chains In Cafeterias Put Hospitals In A Bind http://upr.org/post/fast-food-chains-cafeterias-put-hospitals-bind On one side of a wall inside the Truman Medical Center cafeteria in Kansas City, Missouri, the menu features low-calorie, low-fat and low-sodium meals. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:42:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 5427 at http://upr.org Fast Food Chains In Cafeterias Put Hospitals In A Bind Health Care Law Puts Free Clinics At A Crossroads http://upr.org/post/health-care-law-puts-free-clinics-crossroads Free health clinics have long been places people turn to when they don't have health insurance or any money to pay for care. But the health law's expansion of coverage puts free clinics in uncharted territory.<p>While the law goes before the Supreme Court this week, health providers are already gearing up for a surge in patients with insurance.<p>Around the country, hundreds of free clinics have been established over the past 50 years to treat patients like Patsy Duarte.<p>"I have no insurance. I have no other means of going to a doctor," Duarte says. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:33:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 4644 at http://upr.org Health Care Law Puts Free Clinics At A Crossroads