Health

Idaho Judge Temporarily Blocks Ban on Gender Transition Care for Minors

Background The law, House Bill 71, specifically bans gender transition surgeries, puberty blockers and hormone therapy for those under 18 with gender dysphoria. It also makes it a felony for medical professionals to provide the care, with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill, also known as

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Health

Ransomware Attack Disrupts Health Care in at Least Three States

A ransomware attack this week on a California-based health care system forced some of its locations to close and left others to rely on paper records. The system, Prospect Medical Holdings, which operates 16 hospitals and more than 165 clinics and outpatient centers in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Southern California, announced the cyberattack on

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News

Health Insures Deny Medical Care for the Poor at High Rates, Report Says

Private health insurance companies paid by Medicaid denied millions of requests for care for low-income Americans with little oversight from federal and state authorities, according to a new report by U.S. investigators published Wednesday. Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor that covers nearly 87 million people, contracts with companies to reimburse hospitals

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Health

Transgender Care Bans Leave Families and Doctors Scrambling

Laws in 20 states have left the fate of clinics in doubt and families with transgender children searching for medical care across state lines. July 6, 2023 David and Wendy Batchelder hate the thought of putting their spacious house in West Des Moines, Iowa, on the market, disrupting the routines of their six children or

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Business

Allina Health Pauses Policy of Cutting Off Care for Patients in Debt

Allina Health, a large nonprofit health system based in Minnesota, announced on Friday that it would stop withholding care from patients with outstanding medical debt as it “re-examines” its policy of cutting off services for those who have accrued at least $4,500 in outstanding bills. The health system will now temporarily halt this practice but

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