Affordable Care Act

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2012 – 12:00 PDT

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Over 5,254,000 seniors and people with disabilities have saved $3.7 billion on prescription drugs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In the first five months of 2012, 745,000 people with Medicare saved $453.3 million on prescription drugs in “donut hole” coverage gap for an estimated $651 in savings, according to date released from The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS).

What Is The Affordable Care Act? What Is Obamacare?

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2012 – 18:00 PDT

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The Affordable Care Act, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and informally as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on 23rd March, 2010. The aim of the Act is a health care law aimed at improving the health care system of the United States by widening health coverage to more Americans, as well as protecting existing health insurance policy holders.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Biomarker Test Shows Promise

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2012 – 9:00 PDT

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A new study led by researchers at the University of Alabama, reveals that a multi-biomarker blood test for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may help physicians track the progression of RA disease activity. The study is published online in Arthritis Care and Research.

Jeffrey Curtis, M.D., associate professor in the division of clinical immunology and rheumatology and lead author of the study explained:

Study Of Heart Disease In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Aided By New Animal Model

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Article Date: 29 Jun 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have created the first animal model that spontaneously develops rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is predisposed towards atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

This model is considered of critical importance because patients with RA are at increased risk for heart attack and other premature cardiovascular events, but scientists don’t know why.

Obamacare Upheld By Supreme Court Ruling

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Article Date: 28 Jun 2012 – 13:00 PDT

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President Barack Obama’s healthcare law has been upheld by the US Supreme Court today in a 5-4 ruling. Commentators and media experts around the world say this is a triumph in an election year for the Democrats and a serious setback for the Republicans. Obama’s healthcare law has been described as the most sweeping change in America’s healthcare system in over fifty years.

Medicare Changes: What You Need To Know Now

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Article Date: 28 Jun 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Today, many hospitals are filled to capacity, and as a consequence, physicians are continually pressured to discharge their patients as quickly as possible. Because of inefficiencies in how they communicate with case managers, nurses, and patients, patients are frequently discharged with many loose ends.

Duplicate Heath Coverage Costs U.S Government A Fortune

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Article Date: 27 Jun 2012 – 12:00 PDT

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About 1.2 million veterans are covered under the Veterans Affairs health care system and the Medicare Advantage plan. An analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has now revealed that because these care programs are managed separately, the federal government spends a substantial and increasing amount of potentially duplicated funds in caring for the same individuals.

In Lyme Disease, Inflammatory Bacterial Deposits Remain After Antibiotic Treatment

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Article Date: 27 Jun 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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The Affordable Care Act Could Have Negative Consequences For Elderly Recipients

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Article Date: 25 Jun 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Ellen Kurtzman, Assistant Research Professor at GW School of Nursing, co-authors study examining how 3 of the law’s provisions affect vulnerable older adults.