John Reichard

Emergency Rooms See Longer Waits From Health Law

Kentucky has been notably successful in signing residents up for coverage under the new health care law. Residents with serious illnesses are getting treatment after years of putting off medical care because of the expense. They’re often receiving that care in a familiar venue, though: the hospital emergency room, with its around-the-clock access and its policy, enforced by federal law, of taking all comers.

Fears of Wait Lists, Problems Like VA Scandal Grow Under Expanded ACA Access to Health Care Options

The crisis over wait times and access to care within the Department of Veterans Affairs health system has raised questions about whether similar problems could occur in the broader health care system as government-subsidized coverage spreads throughout the country.

Massachusetts Latest Blue State Facing Exchange Failure

Massachusetts is joining Oregon as the latest state to pull the plug on its online health insurance marketplace and prepare to send residents to the federal website instead.

Will Next Disease Detection System Be Faster, Cheaper?

Those who monitor disease detection policy note that it’s cheaper and faster to move away from a system that relies heavily on the time-consuming growth in the lab of cultures of disease-causing bugs.

CDC Plans to Map DNA of Disease-Causing Viruses

Many public health experts see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the premier disease detection agency not just for the United States but for the entire planet.

9 Questions About Answered is working much better than it was at the start of October. But the woebegone federal website that must haul a system of affordable health coverage into place if the health care law is going to succeed has a long way to go and a short time to get there.

Down 60 percent of the time after the site’s Oct. 1 launch, Obama administration officials say is up more than 90 percent of the time now.

Group Maintains Battle to Keep Kids From Smoking

Big Tobacco might be the immovable object when it comes to resisting tighter legislation and regulation, but the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — despite its relatively small size — is doing a pretty good impression of irresistible force.

As its name suggests, the group is intent on cutting off tobacco at the roots by expending its $15 million annual budget on efforts to keep the young from acquiring the habit of smoking or chewing the stuff .

Health Analysts to Congress: Stay on Course
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Obama's Gamble: Making Health Care Components Mesh

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