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Elana Gordon covers the health beat at KCUR. She was previously a production assistant for KCURâ

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3:53pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Shots - Health News

Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 3:50 pm

Ashante Thurston, John Riascos and Julieth Riascos talk with Mario Ricart, a private insurance agent, about buying health insurance at a kiosk at the Mall of the Americas in Miami last year.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Some young people seeking to buy health insurance are finding themselves falling into a subsidy gap that leaves them ineligible for financial assistance that was heavily advertised.

Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year.

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1:41pm

Thu November 14, 2013
The Salt

Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements

Dietary supplements are generally defined as vitamins, minerals, herbs and extracts. They're regulated as a unique category of food by the Food and Drug Administration.
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One of the nation's largest and oldest children's hospitals is cracking down on parents who bring their kids herbs, extracts or other dietary supplements.

In what it describes as a break from other hospitals, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, last month removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medicines, and established new policies for administering them.

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4:14pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Corbett visited the hospital to promote his Healthy Pennsylvania initiative.
Matt Rourke AP

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have been watching fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio who bypassed the Republican Legislature in his state this week to expand Medicaid.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to make coverage available to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up the entire tab for the first three years.

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4:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:00 pm

Pretty servers hold private health data at Cerner.
Courtesy of Cerner Corp.

This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data.

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4:19pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Got A Health Care Puzzle? There Should Be An App!

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 4:41 pm

The GetHealth app was a runner-up at the recent Hackovate Health Innovation Competition held in Kansas City, Mo.
Courtesy of GetHealth Limited

Kansas City, Mo., is looking to boost its health-tech cred.

So the city that's home to Cerner Corp. and other health information firms seemed a natural to host something called the Hackovate Health Innovation Competition.

A mashup of innovation and old-school hacking (though none of the participants was bent on doing harm, we're assured), the goal of the competition was to improve the nation's health system and help people navigate the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.

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