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Why Firefighters Say the Law That Should Protect Them After a Cancer Diagnosis Isn’t Working

Steve Dillman thinks he can trace his prostate cancer back to August 1, 1985.

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When Insurers Deny Mental Health Coverage, Families In Crisis Struggle Even More

The Workaround: A New Video Series

The Workaround: A Video Series

A deeper look at how everyday people work around the American health care system.

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $4.69 Billion Loss in Baby Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case

Jul 13, 2018
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The legal assault on Johnson & Johnson and its signature baby powder reached new heights today, when a state court jury in Missouri found the company responsible for the ovarian cancers of 22 women, and ordered the drug and consumer products giant to pay $4.69 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to the cancer victims or their survivors.

The verdict by the jury of six men and six women in St. Louis Circuit Court was by far the largest yet in the mushrooming baby powder litigation.

Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts

Jul 13, 2018
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The Trump administration’s decision Tuesday to slash funding to nonprofit groups that help Americans buy individual health insurance coverage sparked outrage from advocates of the Affordable Care Act. Using words like “immoral” and “cold-hearted,” they saw it as the Republicans’ latest act of sabotage against the sweeping health law.

But as the ACA’s sixth open-enrollment period under the health law approaches in November, the lack of in-person assistance is unlikely to be a disaster for people seeking coverage, insurance and health experts say.

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In parts of the country hit hard by addiction, some public health officials are considering running sites where people can use heroin and other illegal drugs under medical supervision. Advocates say these facilities, known as supervised injection sites, save lives that would otherwise be lost to overdoses and provide a bridge to treatment.

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Over the last six years, enough opioids were shipped to the state of Missouri to give every resident 260 pills.

The finding comes from a report released Thursday by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. It's the latest in a series of investigations by the senator into the role of drugmakers, distributors and other industry players in fueling the opioid epidemic.

Rising Premiums Price Some Missouri And Illinois Consumers Out Of Health Care Exchange

Jul 12, 2018
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The rising costs of insurance plans available through the federal healthcare.gov website may make them unaffordable for some people in Missouri and Illinois.

Premiums for exchange plans on healthcare.gov have become more expensive, but most people who buy exchange plans on healthcare.gov receive tax credits to help them offset the cost and are insulated from rising costs. But those who don’t receive those credits bear the brunt of those increased prices.

Democrats Rally Against Threats To The ACA To Block Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Jul 12, 2018
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Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Specifically, they are sounding the alarm that confirming conservative District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh could jeopardize one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions — its protections for people with preexisting health conditions.

If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion

Jul 11, 2018
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What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide?

That’s the question now that President Donald Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood Office Shuts Due To Harassment

Jul 11, 2018
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will be closing its Fort Wayne health center.

On Monday, President and CEO Christie Gillespie attributed the closure to intimidation and harassment, beyond the ritual protesting. The harassment included the sharing of personal information like home address of staff.

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More nurse practitioners are stepping up to meet the needs of Hoosier patients as Indiana grapples with a shortage of primary care doctors.

Debate over reproductive rights heats up again in Missouri

Jul 10, 2018
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President Donald Trump’s newest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court simply adds to the latest round of heightened political tensions in Missouri over reproductive rights and abortion.

And, as expected, it’s already become a key issue in the state’s closely watched U.S. Senate race. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is making the Supreme Court confirmation the centerpiece of the Republican U.S. Senate candidate’s first TV ad, which began airing Monday.

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The Workaround: A New Podcast From Side Effects Public Media

These are stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to work around the American health care system.

On The Front Lines Of A Drug Crisis: A Video Series

On The Front Lines Of A Drug Crisis: A New Video Series

The opioid addiction crisis is often reported on in desperate terms. But, to the people working on the frontlines of the problem, there are known and proven approaches that can help.