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Persistent black lung, old scourge of coal, found in autopsies of most Massey miners

By Chris Hamby

Persistent black lung, scourge of coal, found in autopsies of Massey miners

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… cording to estimates of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a federal research agency.The high rate of disease detected in the bodies …"

"… e rise, affecting younger miners in many cases.The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration recently proposed a rule intended to protect miners from du …"

"… years ago, Congress sought to end black lung as part of the 1969 Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. It set standards for the amount of coal dust to which mine …"

During Mitch Daniels’ decade at Eli Lilly, the drug giant paid billions in fines and settled thousands of lawsuits

By Joanne Kenen and Rochelle Sharpe

Eli Lilly paid billions in fines, settled thousands of lawsuits while Daniels was an executive at the drug giant

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… rt ruled last fall that the plaintiffs could not sue Lilly as a class. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether it will take the case. Zyprexa, which generate …"

Congressman takes swipe at program to reduce Medicare fraud

By Naseem Miller and Joe Eaton

As health reform bills consume Congress, a battle over a program designed to help cut soaring rates of Medicare overpayment and fraud is pla

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… roduced five weeks ago.The squabble is occurring just as the Department of Health and Human Services is reporting — according to the Associated Press — …"

"… ,” said Gerry Roy, the assistant inspector general for investigations at Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. Roy said organized crim …"

"… pokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a branch of Health and Human Services, said he is not aware of any counties that were left wi …"

"… the bidding delay back then was President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Health and Human Services at the time, Michael Leavitt. “If Congress fails to u …"

American-style health care system pushed in Canada

By Wendell Potter

Canada's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to remake nation's health care system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… he scare campaign behind the scenes was the trade association, America’s Health Insurance Plans. With help from a right-wing Canadian outfit called the Fr …"

"… f the uninsured. What I’m doing on this tour, organized by the Canadian Health Coalition, is disabusing folks of the notion that more private involvement …"

"… and operated. One of the key provisions of that compact — known as the Health Accord — was a commitment that the federal government would increase its …"

"… increase its financial support to the provinces by 6 percent per year. The Health Accord also stipulates that the federal dollars be allocated based on both …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… apparently are. When I read WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish comments in Modern Healthcare that, there will “undoubtedly be remarkable price increases” for h …"

"… justify the company’s actions. In her own letter to Braly, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius wrote that the WellPoint proposal "re …"

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… pecial interests collaborated under the auspices of organizations like the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition that encompasses executives from insur …"

"… ting were representatives of the industry’s big trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and one of its PR firms, APCO Worldwide. The AHIP and APC …"

"… a front group, initially funded by the pharmaceutical industry and called Health Care America, to begin the scare campaign. Such a campaign wouldn’t be e …"

"… so steps would need to be taken to make the media and public believe that Health Care America was really a grassroots organization. One of the first targe …"

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Low premiums plans may cause sticker shock down the road for Obamacare subscribers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ted the 114-page “Navigator Resource Guide” developed by the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute to help …"

"… veloped by the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute to help navigators like DeGolia deal with all the questio …"

"… until they were sick to buy coverage, premiums would be very expensive … Health insurers need a mix of Healthy and sick people to make premiums fair for e …"

Dental chain may be booted from Medicaid program

By David Heath

Small Smiles, under federal scrutiny for performing unnecessary dental treatments on children, could be barred from the Medicaid program.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… dreds of thousands of children, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. CSHM LLL, which owns the management co …"

"… program beginning next month. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services notified the chain last week that after years of monito …"

Dizzying array of options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… hould log on sooner rather than later. Although most of the problems with HealthCare.gov have been resolved, signing up for coverage that’s best for you …"

"… That happened to my friend Donna Smith, who as executive director of the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation, knows more about Health insurance than m …"

New Fed study says health reform can reduce financial stress

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Massachusetts law eases financial stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… d in a report last week. Citing a 2013 study by NerdWallet Health, an online service that helps people make more informed Health care decisi …"

"… nent of a lot of cases to becoming the dominant factor.” The NerdWallet Health study findings were consistent with previous research conducted by the Com …"

"… single-payer Health care system and founders of Physicians for a National Health Program, have done significant research on medical debt. Woolhandler has e …"

Long-awaited EPA pesticide protections a 'mixed bag' for farmworkers

By Ronnie Greene

After more than two decades, the EPA revised rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides, but advocates say they don't go far enough.

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"… information,” said Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida. More than …"

"… quipment (respirator use) be consistent with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards, including fit test, medical evaluation, and trai …"

CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Massachusetts tackles next phase of health care reform: controlling costs

By Wendell Potter

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… e Bay State’s “Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality Accountable Health Care” sought primarily to change the way Health insurers do business and …"

"… name of that Romneycare follow-up law — An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Inn …"

"… After a year of data collection and analysis, the state’s newly created Health Policy Commission estimated last month that between 21 percent and 39 perc …"

"… on already is being tested. A review of a proposed merger between Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest hospital and physician network, and a smaller B …"

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… the real tenant of 601 Pennsylvania Avenue., N.W., Suite 500: America’s Health Insurance Plans, which is one of the best-funded and influential lobbying …"

"… g out that provision of the law. And for good reason. Insurers like UnitedHealth and Humana with a substantial number of Medicare Advantage enrollees are a …"

Selective outrage over federal health care costs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Conservatives slam risk fund for insurers, but have nothing to say about Medicare Advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… a bailout of big insurance companies. Under the headline, “Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare,” The Weekly Standard on Monday urged Rep …"

A challenging two-step: cutting costs and covering the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… first, the bad news. A report released last week by the Massachusetts’ Health Policy Commission said Health care costs are higher in the Bay State than …"

"… onsider to reduce Health care spending. That work, by the bipartisan State Health Care Cost Containment Commission (organized by the University of Virginia …"

Obamacare and emergency rooms: a bit of perspective needed

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Oregon study cited by critics requires perspective.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ot reduce unnecessary ER visits. “Emergency Visits Seen Increasing with Health Law,” read the headline above the New York Times story last Thursday. …"

Obamacare: yes, there's plenty in it for you

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: polling shows public doesn't understand the law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… associated with the federally operated Health insurance market place (www.Healthcare.gov), enrollment has surged since most of the problems were fixed. B …"

Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science

By David Heath

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… was hailed as a champion of children. While dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Buffler started the nation’s …"

"… e talked to fellow directors of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment about removing her from the group, of which she was a …"

"… nals or in applying for government funding from the National Institutes of Health, Buffler did not disclose that she owned stock in FMC or served as one of …"

"… d its rules. Yet Hugh Tilson, the executive editor of NIH's Environmental Health Perspectives, which published some of Buffler's pesticide research, said t …"

Berkeley training helps researchers 'work around' potential conflicts

By David Heath

New NIH conflict rules don't do enough, senator says, to weed out conflicts between researchers and industry: A UC Berkeley case study.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ty of California, Berkeley, wanted to secure a National Institutes of Health grant to benefit his startup company. That might be a problem, university …"

Fighting over Aetna's disclosure

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: good government group alleges insurer isn't coming clean on political spending.

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: as website improves, customers are finding insurance deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… affordable. Considering all the negative stories about the malfunctioning HealthCare.gov website and policy cancellations folks have been receiving, the st …"

"… inally got the Medicaid denial she was expecting, Smith called Connect for Health Colorado — the name of the state exchange — and worked with an employe …"

Sorting out why insurers cancel policies

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: blaming Obamacare masks real motives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… hey can’t turn down. Even though Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s big PR and lobbying group, had nothing g …"

Congressmen call for federal investigation of black lung benefits program, citing Center-ABC reports

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Two congressmen called on the Labor Department's IG to investigate whether miners have been wrongfully denied benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… estigation. The agency, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), said efforts to address the problems raised in the reports should …"

Senators push reform of black lung program that 'failed' sick miners

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Citing a Center-ABC investigation, U.S. senators are leading an effort to reform the nation's black lung benefits system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… estigation. The agency, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), said efforts to address the problems raised in the reports should …"

Johns Hopkins suspends black lung program after Center-ABC investigation

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

IMPACT: Following a Center-ABC investigation, Johns Hopkins announced Friday it was suspending its black lung program, pending a review.

As experts recognize new form of black lung, coal industry follows familiar pattern of denial

By Chris Hamby

A newly recognized form of lung disease is emerging among miners — prompting the coal industry's latest pushback against benefit claims.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… vernment researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as other inde …"

"… for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as other independent doctors, have linked the pattern to co …"

"… e was anyone who could help him. Renn referred him to National Jewish Health in Denver, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top centers on lu …"

"… ;     — First sentence of the 1969 Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act Latusek has endured countless complications and indignitie …"

A century of denial on black lung

By Chris Hamby

A congressman's words 44 years ago, citing the coal industry's efforts to limit its liability for black lung, resonate anew.

Consulting fees in black lung cases flow directly to Johns Hopkins

By Chris Hamby

Doctors from Johns Hopkins University charge a premium for X-ray readings.

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

A surprising force has helped industry defeat black lung benefits claims for ailing miners: Johns Hopkins University.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… rican Lung Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Labor Department, a paper published by the American Thor …"

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