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Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 67 percent of people worry about unexpected medical bills, more than they dread insurance deductibles, prescription drug costs or paying for the basics in life.

Unexpected medical bills top the list of health care costs Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford, with four in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large invoice within the past year, according to a new poll.

McCain Hated The ACA But Also Saved It

Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, he thwarted the Republican party's attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

There are many lawmakers who made their names in health care, seeking to usher through historic changes to a broken system.

John McCain was not one of them.

Battle Lines Drawn As Abortion-Rights Activists Leave Their Mark Outside Clinics

Abortion-rights activists in California and beyond respond to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that crisis pregnancy centers don't have to tell women about abortion and other publicly funded family planning services.

Haley Pollock carries a box of chalk in her car, ready for action.

In her spare time, she and fellow community activists convert the sidewalks outside of crisis pregnancy centers into political canvases, scrawling phrases such as “Fake Women’s Clinic Ahead” and “End the Lies.”

Jails Starting To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

Jails are a good place to intervene because 20 percent of inmates used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated.

At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

Oregon And Other States Leverage Federal Funds To Help Insurers Lower Premiums

Reinsurance programs, which are gaining in popularity across the country, use federal money to help pay insurers who cover patients with high medical bills. They've helped curtail premium increases in Oregon.

When Tracy Deis decided in 2016 to transition from a full-time job to part-time contract work, the loss of her employer’s health insurance was not a major worry because she knew she could get coverage through the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act.

‘No One Is Ever Really Ready’: Aid-In-Dying Patient Chooses His Last Day

A 50-year-old Seattle man with leukemia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, did not want a surprise.

In the end, it wasn’t easy for Aaron McQ to decide when to die.

The 50-year-old Seattle man — a former world traveler, triathlete and cyclist — learned he had leukemia five years ago, followed by an even grimmer diagnosis in 2016: a rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

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