health care http://wnpr.org en Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim http://wnpr.org/post/patients-often-win-if-they-appeal-denied-health-claim Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all health services will be covered.<p>To help make sure a patient's claims aren't improperly denied, the Affordable Care Act <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/appeal/appealing-health-plan-decisions.html">creates national standards</a> that allow everyone who is denied treatment to appeal that decision to the insurance company and, if necessary, to a third party reviewer.<p>For Tony Simek, a software engineer in El Mirage, Arizona, appealing Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:42:00 +0000 editor 20119 at http://wnpr.org Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim Early Childhood Autism Treatment Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Difficult http://wnpr.org/post/early-childhood-autism-treatment-key-diagnosis-difficult <p>Most children with autism are well past their fourth birthday by the time they’re diagnosed with the condition, according to new government data.</p><p>Their parents and teachers may have raised red flags earlier, but it takes months or years to confirm suspicions with a formal diagnosis. And therapy rarely starts without one.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:54 +0000 Karen Weintraub 20109 at http://wnpr.org Early Childhood Autism Treatment Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Difficult Obama Nominates Budget Director To Replace Sebelius http://wnpr.org/post/obama-nominates-budget-director-replace-sebelius President Barack Obama says he&#8217;s nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.<p>The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.<p>The move comes more than a week after the close of sign-ups for insurance coverage on the law.<p>After a rocky start that Sebelius was blamed for, the administration rebounded strongly to exceed expectations by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline.<p>Burwell&#8217;s nomination requires Senate confirmation.<p>NPR White House Correspondent < Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:51:48 +0000 editor 20002 at http://wnpr.org Obama Nominates Budget Director To Replace Sebelius Vermont Senate To Debate Lyme Disease Bill http://wnpr.org/post/vermont-senate-debate-lyme-disease-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/patb4-10voicer-lyme-treatment.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201305/lymesigns.jpg" alt="" /><p>Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval by the Vermont Senate. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:48:14 +0000 Pat Bradley 19998 at http://wnpr.org Vermont Senate To Debate Lyme Disease Bill DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic http://wnpr.org/post/dcfs-handling-transgender-teen-updates-heroin-epidemic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:42:49 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19964 at http://wnpr.org DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning http://wnpr.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-resigning Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.<p>If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.<p>Republicans <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240839038/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-to-stay-put-fix-healthcare-gov">openly called for Sebelius' resignation</a>, but she vowed Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 19961 at http://wnpr.org Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned http://wnpr.org/post/head-state-health-insurance-exchange-reflects-lessons-learned <p>Now that the deadline for enrollment in Obamacare has passed, the head of Connecticut's health insurance exchange has said he learned a few lessons.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:28:38 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19929 at http://wnpr.org Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-dph-big-picture-snapshot-state-health <p>A new report called "Healthy Connecticut 2020," from the state Department of Public Health, outlines some of the challenges facing Connecticut health care professionals in the coming decade.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:47:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19767 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-share-its-obamacare-computer-code <p>Connecticut's Obamacare enrollment website did well enough this year to attract the interest of other states. Officials from Access Health CT said they are finalizing a deal with the state of Maryland to share computer code.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:03:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19735 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Share Its Obamacare Computer Code Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors http://wnpr.org/post/involuntary-shaking-could-be-caused-essential-tremors Katharine Hepburn had it. So did playwright Eugene O'Neill and Sen. Robert Byrd. <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000762.htm">Essential tremor</a> is a condition that causes involuntary shaking.<p>While it usually develops in middle age, it can start much earlier. <a href="http://essentialtremor.org/about-the-ietf/spirit-of-hope-shari-finsilver/">Shari Finsilver</a> was aware of her hands shaking as a child.<p>"When I was about 11 years old, I noticed in art class that I was never able to draw a straight line," she says. "I really didn't know why. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 19685 at http://wnpr.org Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors Obamacare Enrollment Surged in Connecticut as Deadline Expired http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-surged-connecticut-deadline-expired <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama said that more than seven million people have signed up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut saw a huge surge in enrollments as Monday's deadline passed.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:09:07 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19411 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Enrollment Surged in Connecticut as Deadline Expired Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast' http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-says-more-7-million-signed-obamacare <h6><strong>This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET. with Obama's comments. </strong></h6><p>President Obama emerged from the White House on Tuesday to rousing applause. He announced that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health care through the federal exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.<p>"This law is doing what it's supposed to do," Obama said at the Rose Garden. "It's working. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:13:00 +0000 editor 19407 at http://wnpr.org Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast' ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds http://wnpr.org/post/aca-expected-increase-demand-primary-care-doctors-quinnipiac-university-responds <p>With the open enrollment deadline looming, organizations across Connecticut are helping people sign up for health insurance coverage. Health centers are open Monday in many cities, including Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury, with extra in-person help.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Diane Orson 19296 at http://wnpr.org ACA Expected to Increase Demand for Primary Care Doctors; Quinnipiac University Responds Seven Things to Watch As the Health Care Enrollment Deadline Passes http://wnpr.org/post/seven-things-watch-health-care-enrollment-deadline-passes <p>Just because open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance formally closes March 31 doesn't mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working is starting to trickle in.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Julie Appleby & Mary Agnes Carey & Phil Galewitz 19317 at http://wnpr.org Seven Things to Watch As the Health Care Enrollment Deadline Passes Federal Obamacare Deadline Extends, But Connecticut's Does Not http://wnpr.org/post/federal-obamacare-deadline-extends-connecticuts-does-not <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act approaches, the federal government now says it will give some people extra time to enroll. But that change won't apply to people in Connecticut.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:19:03 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19103 at http://wnpr.org Federal Obamacare Deadline Extends, But Connecticut's Does Not As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, Penalties Loom for Those Who Miss It http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-deadline-approaches-penalties-loom-those-who-miss-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials say enrollment in the state's health insurance marketplace is surging as the March 31 deadline to sign up approaches.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:07:12 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19016 at http://wnpr.org As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, Penalties Loom for Those Who Miss It Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline http://wnpr.org/post/last-chance-ask-about-health-law-sign-deadline This is it. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year is March 31. With time running out, the questions about how the health law and the exchanges work keep pouring in. Here are a few more to check out while the clock ticks down.<p><strong>My son will be 19 in May. I claim him as a dependent on my taxes. If I don't provide for his medical coverage and he is unemployed and makes no income, how is he supposed to pay his penalty? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 18994 at http://wnpr.org Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline Hospital Mergers in Connecticut Raise Concerns Over Patient Costs http://wnpr.org/post/hospital-mergers-connecticut-raise-concerns-over-patient-costs <p>Hospital administrators in Connecticut who have been involved in the unprecedented streak of mergers and consolidations often tout the financial benefits and efficiencies of such moves.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:58:28 +0000 Jennifer Kaylin & Lisa Chedekel 18926 at http://wnpr.org Hospital Mergers in Connecticut Raise Concerns Over Patient Costs Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-customers-rush-retail-store-buy-obamacare Mike Dunn stands inside a store in downtown New Haven, looking through the big glass windows at his future customers outside. He's not selling phones or food or clothes. He's selling Obamacare.<p>There's one week left to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and states have gone to great lengths to enroll as many people up as possible. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18906 at http://wnpr.org Customers Rush To Retail Store In Connecticut To Buy Obamacare Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills http://wnpr.org/post/doctors-say-obamacare-rule-will-stick-them-unpaid-bills Doctors worry they won't get paid by some patients because of an unusual 90-day grace period for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/07/243584170/how-the-affordable-care-act-pays-for-insurance-subsidies">government-subsidized health plans</a>.<p>So several professional groups for doctors are urging their members to check patients' insurance status before every visit. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:49:00 +0000 editor 18685 at http://wnpr.org Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills Cancer Treatments Could Hurt Your Heart http://wnpr.org/post/cancer-treatments-could-hurt-your-heart <p>Heart disease is the leading cause of death for cancer survivors. A relatively new scientific field called "cardio-oncology" is working to change that.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chemotherapy and radiation may save you from cancer, but they can also do a lot of damage to your heart.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18653 at http://wnpr.org Cancer Treatments Could Hurt Your Heart Public Testifies on "Aid in Dying" Bill http://wnpr.org/post/public-testifies-aid-dying-bill <p>A legislative hearing was held Monday on a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to the terminally ill. &nbsp;The session brought emotional testimony from those both in favor and opposed.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:13:53 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18576 at http://wnpr.org Public Testifies on "Aid in Dying" Bill The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-agunuah-vaccinations-and-more <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://markoppenheimer.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Oppenheimer&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">writes about religion and a whole bunch of other things. Today, he'll be talking about the difficulty&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/516/stuck-in-the-middle?act=2" style="line-height: 1.5;">Orthodox Jewish women</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;face in obtaining a certain form of cooperation from their husbands and how that difficulty spawned a black market in coercion and violence.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:44:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18551 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" http://wnpr.org/post/legislature-hears-testimony-aid-dying <p>The legislature's Public Health Committee is slated to hear testimony Monday on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients to end their lives.</p><p>The so called aid-in-dying legislation is likely to draw impassioned advocates on both sides.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:40:43 +0000 Harriet Jones 18549 at http://wnpr.org Legislature Hears Testimony on "Aid in Dying" House Passes Payment Fix For Medicare Docs, But At What Cost? http://wnpr.org/post/house-passes-payment-fix-medicare-docs-what-cost Bipartisan support dissolved this week for compromise legislation that would have fixed a longstanding problem with the way Medicare pays physicians. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 18469 at http://wnpr.org House Passes Payment Fix For Medicare Docs, But At What Cost? State Lawmakers Consider Requiring Providers to Offer Some Hepatitis C Screenings http://wnpr.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-requiring-providers-offer-some-hepatitis-c-screenings <p>Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill on Friday that would require primary health care providers to offer baby boomers a screening test for Hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposed legislation would affect patients born between 1945 and 1965.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:25:11 +0000 Heather Brandon 18424 at http://wnpr.org State Lawmakers Consider Requiring Providers to Offer Some Hepatitis C Screenings The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" http://wnpr.org/post/nose-lurks-behind-backdrop-between-two-ferns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama has consistently refused to be a panelist on The Nose, but his appearance this week on </span><a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"Between Two Ferns"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with Zach </span>Galifianakis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given us new hope!</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18383 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Lurks Behind the Backdrop of "Between Two Ferns" Statins Might Not Cause Aching Muscles, But Diabetes Risk Is Real http://wnpr.org/post/statins-might-not-cause-aching-muscles-diabetes-risk-real People taking cholesterol-lowering statins often report having muscle pain and other side effects. Many quit taking the pills as a result.<p>But the statins aren't to blame, according to an analysis that found muscle problems no more likely with statins than with a placebo pill.<p>Diabetes is the only harmful side effect linked to statins, the study found, with 3 percent of people on statins being newly diagnosed with diabetes, compared with 2.4 percent of people taking placebos. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 18375 at http://wnpr.org Statins Might Not Cause Aching Muscles, But Diabetes Risk Is Real Malloy Wants to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-wants-ban-sale-e-cigarettes-minors <p>Governor Dannel Malloy wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. He said the makers of the devices may be trying to hook smokers while they're young.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:25:14 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18322 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Wants to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors Healthier Patients May Have To Wait For Costly Hepatitis C Drugs http://wnpr.org/post/healthier-patients-may-have-wait-costly-hepatitis-c-drugs Expensive new drugs for hepatitis C may work better than older treatments, but their high cost undermines their value, a panel of experts said Monday during a daylong forum in San Francisco.<p>"The price makes it very hard for the health care system," said Steve Pearson, who oversaw the meeting for the <a href="http://www.ctaf.org/">California Technology Assessment Forum</a>, a group affiliated with health insurers that holds public meetings to weigh evidence on new treatments.<p>The 15-member panel, which included representatives of hospitals, insurers and patient advocates, didn't recommend Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Julie Appleby 18315 at http://wnpr.org Healthier Patients May Have To Wait For Costly Hepatitis C Drugs