How can we improve life-long care for the developmentally disabled?

While some of the 5 million individuals in the U.S. with intellectual disability can live fully integrated lives in the community with minimal supports, 2 to 3 percent have complex medical and behavioral needs that make them unable to perform self-care activities.

10 tips for avoiding health insurance scams

Shopping for health insurance is confusing - especially when the Internet is full of websites promising amazing rates. Here are some tips for smart shopping.

10 tips for avoiding health insurance scams

Shopping for health insurance is confusing - especially when the Internet is full of websites promising amazing rates. Here are some tips for smart shopping.

Pa. woman was convinced she bought Obamacare insurance. She got scammed by a look-alike website.

Websites designed to look like government-run insurance marketplaces spend millions for prime ad placement when people Google Obamacare-related terms. Some are so good consumers never realize they weren't on the government's website.

Pa. woman was convinced she bought Obamacare insurance. She got scammed by a look-alike website.

Websites designed to look like government-run insurance marketplaces spend millions for prime ad placement when people Google Obamacare-related terms. Some are so good consumers never realize they weren't on the government's website.
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Private health insurers paid four times more than Medicare for dialysis treatment, study finds

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A champion deal maker struggles when his child is hurt and the preschool doesn’t say why

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Private insurance plans pay hospitals far more than Medicare. Could price transparency fix that?

Employer-sponsored health plans are paying much more for hospital services than Medicare, a new RAND study found.

Short-term health plan regulations vary significantly by state, study finds

Short-term health plans are on the rise and state approaches to regulating them vary significantly.

Health-care costs are straining us financially and emotionally, study finds

"Financial toxicity" isn't found only among cancer patients or those battling other critical illnesses. Half of Americans experience some form of medical financial hardship, according to a new study by the American Cancer Society.

Philly tech startup with app that gives patients rides to hospitals raises $5.1 million

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Costs for lifesaving drugs have skyrocketed. Experts say ‘over-patenting’ to prevent generic competition is part of the problem.

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Tax credit cuts will make ACA plans more expensive for many

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Can we heal rural health? All eyes are on Pennsylvania’s bold experiment | Opinion

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Food poisoning remains a persistent problem, CDC report finds

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Hospital bills, errors, colonoscopies among Philly’s biggest health cost concerns

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