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TAKE ACTION | National Disability Call-In Day TOMORROW [ASAN]

Join ASAN TOMORROW, July 12 for a National Disability Community Call-In Day to urge Senators to oppose the ACA repeal bill. The Senate is planning to vote NEXT WEEK — and with a bill this dangerous, we can’t let up until there’s no chance of it passing. That’s why we’re asking you to join this call-in day – to intensify our […]

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Evolution of Eve | Finding Meaning In Mental Illness

It’s true, everyday is a struggle. Often, a silent and invisible one. (originally a Facebook comment post on Jan. 27, 2014) The amount of self-talk, breathing exercises and mental imagery (soothing) to get through a grocery store trip, a doctor’s visit, coffee and talk with a friend is phenomenal. It’s taken me years to develop […]

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Blue Shield Improperly Denied Mental Health, Drug Treatment Claims, Suit Alleges

By Elaine Korry  Blue Shield of California and its claims administrator wrongly restricted patients’ access to outpatient and residential mental health treatment, a class-action lawsuit says. Initially filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the complaint comes from two parents who allege their teenage children were repeatedly denied coverage under their employer-based plans despite serious mental and […]

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Your Credit Score Soon Will Get A Buffer From Medical-Debt Wrecks

By Michelle Andrews For many consumers, an unexpected health care calamity can quickly burgeon into a financial calamity. Just over half of all the debt that appears on credit reports is related to medical expenses, and consumers may find that their credit score gets as banged up as their body. Changes in the way credit agencies […]

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Should GOP Health Bill Prevail, Say Bye-Bye To Insurance Rebates

By Julie Appleby >> jappleby@kff.org | @julie_appleby If Senate GOP leaders have their way, the check may not be in the mail. Many consumers collected unexpected rebates after the Affordable Care Act became law, possibly with a note explaining why: Their insurer spent more of their revenue from premiums on administration and profits than the law allowed, so it […]

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California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin

By Stephanie O’Neill Former Los Angeles radio announcer Pat Kelley was selling real estate in 1999 when the severe backaches started. A couple of years later, he also began to suffer weakness in his foot, leading to a fall so serious his wife insisted he see a doctor. The diagnosis: “primary progressive multiple sclerosis,” the rarest […]

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The Union That Roars: Nurses Aren’t Giving Up On California’s Single-Payer Push

By Pauline Bartolone >> pbartolone@kff.org | @pbartolone To some, the California Nurses Association’s political tactics in pushing for a single-payer health system seemed a bit, well, extreme. Never mind the raucous demonstrations it brought to the state Capitol in recent weeks, the “shame on you” chants in the hallways, the repeated unfurling of banners in the rotunda despite […]