health care

New England News
3:50 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Massachusetts Launches Electronic Medical Records Exchange

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks via videoconference between Mass General Hospital in Boston and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to mark launch of electronic medical records exchange

Massachusetts launched a network Tuesday to allow healthcare providers to share patient’s electronic medical records.  It was hailed as a milestone in the effort to bring better coordination to the cumbersome health care system.. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon September 24, 2012

2012 O+ Health and Wellness Festival

Throughout the O+ Health and Wellness Festival weekend of Oct. 5-7, artists, musicians and even festival volunteers will be exchanging talent for talent with medical caregivers, doctors, educators and professionals for health screenings during an on-site weekend clinic.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:06 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Question of the Day - Terminally ill permitted to obtain a prescription drug to end their lives?

We will ask you the question on the Massachusetts ballot this November: Should people nearing the end of terminal illnesses be allowed to obtain a prescription drug to end their lives?

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:03 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Question of the Day - Health care?

How important is the issue of health care to you in this year's Presidential Election?

New England News
5:52 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mass. Lawmakers Give Approval to Health Care Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill designed to save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.

Legislative leaders say the bill will also help guarantee the future of the state's landmark 2006 health care law and set Massachusetts on a path to being the first state to holding the future growth of health care costs close to the rate of inflation.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Blair Horner: More Evidence of the Need for Health Care Reform

Many Americans have health-related problems that are defined as pre-existing conditions. A pre-existing condition is a health problem that existed before you apply for a health insurance policy or enroll in a new health plan.

A pre-existing condition can be something as common and as serious as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and asthma – chronic health problems that affect a large portion of the population.  Even if you have a relatively minor condition such as hay fever or a previous accidental injury, a health plan can deny coverage.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Blair Horner: Helping patients with serious illnesses

Today’s health system often falls short in addressing the pain, physical symptoms, emotional concerns, and other chronic care needs that patients face. These needs are increasingly the norm for cancer patients and their caregivers.  As medical care advances, illnesses that were death sentences a few decades ago have now become chronic illnesses that need to be managed.    As a result, quality of life care needs now span over many years or even decades.

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North Country News
8:07 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Shumlin: VT Will Push Ahead with Health Overhaul

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Vermont Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state will push ahead with an overhaul of its health care system, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court does with the federal Affordable Care Act.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Shumlin tells The Associated Press he's worried that if the law is struck down in its entirety, the state could lose up to $400 million a year in federal funding it had been hoping to use to subsidize universal access to health care.

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North Country News
7:42 am
Tue June 26, 2012

VT Health Care Changes Arrive in St. Johnsbury

Cancer patients in northeastern Vermont should be getting better coordinated — and maybe less expensive — care in the near future, if a program that's part of the state's health care overhaul is successful.

The Green Mountain Care Board is spearheading the state's push to make health care access universal while controlling costs, and on Monday it announced cancer care in the St. Johnsbury area will be brought into a new pilot program.

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New York News
7:42 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Pew Study Favors Health Care Opponents

A new study shows that opponents of President Barack Obama's health care plan clearly beat supporters in getting their message across through the media. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas…

The study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that opponents won because their positions were sharper and easier to understand. The critics also more frequently drove coverage, particularly when Tea Party demonstrations came to the fore.

Pew director Tom Rosenstiel said the competition wasn't even close.

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