Ottawa woman facing $50K tooth fix gains support of dental groups
Johny-Angel Butera, 30, has almost no back teeth, the result of a condition called amelogenesis imperfecta, which leads to the erosion of the enamel. Every dentist Butera has seen has told her she needs a set of permanent crowns on her teeth, but the procedure would cost $50,000. Butera, a contract worker with little insurance and student loans to pay, cannot afford the surgery.
Why Medical Debt Is Soaring Out of Control
Though provisions in the president’s health reform law were intended to help address the nation’s growing medical debt crisis, Americans are still sinking in health care related debt -- and it’s only going to get worse. Medical debt has steadily climbed in the last five years and it is now the leading cause of bankruptcy in the country. Today, one in five Americans has some level of medical debt ...
How low-wage Walmart workers may benefit from company no longer offering insurance to part-timers
Just a quick addendum to Leslie's post on Walmart ending health insurance benefits to part-time workers. In many cases, low-wage workers may actually be better off because of Walmart dropping health insurance coverage. That's because they can only get subsidies to buy Obamacare plans if they don't get offered employer-sponsored insurance. Lower-income people get more generous subsidies, so in ...
State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall
A selection of health policy stories from California, Arizona, Maine, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and Missouri.
Prescription food: Veggies make house calls
Pilot 'Prescription CSA' program puts local produce right in the doctor's office We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables leads to better health. But what if your doctor could actually write a prescription for healthier food? Zenger Farm, in partnership with Multnomah County Health Department and the National ...