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Science on Tap Lecture Series: How to Keep Hope and Good Health as Climate Change Worsens

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the doom and gloom of climate science. Projections for Oregon show increasing risk of drought, wildfires, heat waves, storms, and floods, and predictions for worldwide consequences are even more scary. These impacts threaten our health and the systems that support us…but maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud looming? Climate change …

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Good news for patients: Refunds for bad service and no surprise bills

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At Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System, patients can obtain refunds if they’re unhappy with their care, according to the Washington Post. That means if they’re upset about long wait times in the ER or they don’t cotton to a doctor’s bedside manner, Geisinger will offer money back, no questions asked, according to the WP. Read more about it here.

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VA bosses in 7 states falsified vets’ wait times for care

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WASHINGTON — Supervisors instructed employees to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities in at least seven states, according to a USA TODAY analysis of more than 70 investigation reports released in recent weeks. Overall, those reports — released after multiple inquiries and a Freedom of Information Act request — reveal for the first time specifics of widespread scheduling …

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ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reductions Sharply Lower Payments for Enrollees, but Out-of-Pocket Costs Vary

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Health insurers selling plans in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces are required to reduce cost-sharing in silver plans for low- and moderate-income people earning between 100 percent and 250 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2016, as many as 7 million Americans may have plans with these cost-sharing reductions. In the largest markets in the 38 states using the …

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Can’t Get In To See Your Doctor? Many Patients Turn To Urgent Care

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Though the majority of Americans have a primary care doctor, a large number also seek treatment at urgent care centers, statistics show. For many people, the centers have become a bridge between the primary care doctor’s office and the hospital emergency room. Urgent care is not meant for life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack, stroke or major trauma, doctors …

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