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Stories by John Reichard:

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

June 16, 2014

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.

Emergency Rooms See Longer Waits From Health Law

June 16, 2014

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.

Massachusetts Latest Blue State Facing Exchange Failure

May 6, 2014

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 healthcare.gov website instead.

Will Next Disease Detection System Be Faster, Cheaper?

March 10, 2014

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

March 10, 2014

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 HealthCare.gov Answered

Dec. 4, 2013

HealthCare.gov 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.

Group Maintains Battle to Keep Kids From Smoking

Feb. 4, 2013

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.

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