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The desperate fight to stop fentanyl from invading California

Pauline Bartolone/Kaiser Health News
| The number of fentanyl-related deaths is on the rise in California as the drug moves from the East Coast and the Midwest.

Dangling a carrot to get patients to take healthy steps

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Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering gift cards, cash and gym memberships to motivate Medicaid patients to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Nursing homes pushing out more poor and disabled patients

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Many of those discharged end up with no permanent housing or regular medical care. Ombudsmen say even when the discharges are deemed legal, they often are unethical. "Absolutely, it's a growing problem," says one.

GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

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Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

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California could lose $2.7 billion in kids' health funding

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There's no backup plan to address a potential $2.7 billion shortfall if Congress doesn't renew a health care program for lower-income children by the end of the year.

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Millions are not getting treatment for hearing loss

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A study's co-author says many people just accept hearing loss as a fact of life and some doctors aren't screening for it.

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With Obamacare, Americans seek more preventive cardiovascular care

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A UCLA study says since the Affordable Care Act reduced out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, more people are getting screenings for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

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California fines Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for ignoring complaints

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Health regulators say Anthem Blue Cross is guilty of hundreds of "systemic" violations of its customer grievance policy. The insurer "strongly disagrees" with the findings.

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