Judge Questions Claims That Ceasing Obamacare Insurance Subsidies Hurts Consumers

By Ngoc Nguyen SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge Monday expressed skepticism that President Donald Trump’s decision to halt certain health law insurance subsidies would cause consumers immediate harm, as California and many other states claim in a lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said he would issue a ruling in the case Tuesday. Earlier … Continue reading Judge Questions Claims That Ceasing Obamacare Insurance Subsidies Hurts Consumers

So Much Care It Hurts: Unneeded Scans, Therapy, Surgery Only Add To Patients’ Ills

By Liz Szabo When Annie Dennison was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she readily followed advice from her medical team, agreeing to harsh treatments in the hope of curing her disease. “You’re terrified out of your mind” after a diagnosis of cancer, said Dennison, 55, a retired psychologist from Orange County, Calif. In addition … Continue reading So Much Care It Hurts: Unneeded Scans, Therapy, Surgery Only Add To Patients’ Ills

One Nurse Per 4,000 Pupils = Not The Healthiest Arrangement

By Ana B. Ibarra Photos by Heidi de Marco CONCORD, Calif. — During a 15-minute recess, the elementary school students trooped from the playground toward nurse Catherin Crofton’s office — one with a bloody nose, a second with a scraped knee and a third with a headache. Kids quickly filled a row of chairs. Staffers … Continue reading One Nurse Per 4,000 Pupils = Not The Healthiest Arrangement

Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

By JoNel Aleccia PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Rose Crumb can’t even count the number of people she’s helped die. The former nurse, 91, who retired in her mid-80s, considers the question and then shakes her head, her blue eyes sharp above oval spectacles. “Oh, hundreds,” estimates Crumb, the woman who almost single-handedly brought hospice care … Continue reading Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years