Michael Ollove, Stateline

Posts by Michael Ollove, Stateline

All eyes on Vermont as it blazes a single-payer trail

BERLIN, Vt. – Dr. Marvin Malek has been yearning and advocating for a publicly financed, single-payer health care system for at least two decades. Now, as Vermont stands on the threshold of being the first state to launch such a plan, he’s confessing to trepidation. “I am pretty damn nervous,” he confided before bounding off […]

Hospitals

States battle asthma as numbers grow

In a valley wedged between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis often finds itself beset by a stationary air mass that only a severe storm of some kind can dislodge. St. Louis is also an industrial city with high humidity, so it’s no wonder it usually makes the list of worst places for asthmatics […]

Health IT

The rise of medical identity theft in healthcare

If modern technology has ushered in a plague of identity theft, one particular strain of the disease has emerged as most virulent: medical identity theft. Last month, the Identity Theft Resource Centerproduced a surveyshowing that medical-related identity theft accounted for 43 percent of all identity thefts reported in the United States in 2013. That is a far greater […]

News

Affordable Care Act: Kids’ dental coverage uncertain under Obamacare

Children’s health advocates were overjoyed when they learned that dental care for kids would be one of the “essential benefits” in the insurance policies on the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.  Suddenly, it appeared possible that combined with other ACA-related changes, as many as 8.7 million children would gain dental coverage by the year 2018. […]

Kaiser

Health care cuts from vaccinations to research

Sequestration spares Medicaid and almost all of Medicare, but automatic cuts to other federal health care programs will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to get maternal and infant care, vaccinate their children, and receive treatment for...