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Health gaps grow for those needing complex care

A 14-year-old Virginia boy's struggles with a heart condition is a stark example of what some 2 million Americans with complex conditions face in an increasingly restrictive health market, becoming more so under President Donald Trump. A 14-year-old ... read more

Improving health care in rural communities

There is no quick fix for what is becoming a crisis in our health care system. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said last week the gap between Americans who need health care and those who provide ... needing medical care is growing. The need for for additional ... read more

Growing need exists for pediatric mental health services

“One in four children has a mental health diagnosis,” Spears said. “That is huge, and those ... “Parents need to understand it is out there.” Childress said that it is often a forgotten fact that children can be as emotionally complex as adults ... read more

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To close the health gap, we need programs that work. Here are three of them

The reasons are complex and include lifestyle factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise, poverty, and poor access to medical care and health literacy ... are among those who die. Rheumatic heart disease is responsible for the highest gap in life ... read more

Local hospital layoffs point to growing problem for health care

“A lot of health care organizations are scrambling to cope with lower revenue. ... It’s a time of enormous turmoil for hospitals,” said Michael Abrams, a Creve Coeur-based strategic consultant. “I think hospitals need to give more thought to how ... read more

Lawmakers seek $250 million infusion for geriatric services

“In the LTSS sector, the most critical workforce need is ... will only grow worse.” The idea is to bolster academics and get more up-and-coming healthcare professionals interested in careers devoted to seniors and the complex health issues they face ... read more

Health care growing in Battle Creek

Despite the comings and goings of businesses in the Battle Creek area, health care providers seemed to have ... choosing to go into internal medicine, there's a gap being created that patients who have complex problems are falling through. read more

Amid GOP Attacks on Health Care, the Movement for Single Payer Is Growing

"In my gut, in my heart, I feel like I'm being discarded by those think the ACA ... protect that right [to] universal health care. ... We're just going through the political struggles of getting to what you actually need to do to make that happen." read more

Grass-roots network: Community health workers help grow stronger provider-patient ties

As a child growing ... health worker employed by St. Paul-based HealthEast Care System, she helps those in her Hmong community navigate the complex and confusing U.S. healthcare system, communicate with their providers and meet their daily needs. read more

The growing movement to increase health equity

These “social determinants of health” are defined by the World Health Organization as the “conditions in which people are born, grow ... and accountability – need not involve any cost to government, she adds. For those who might see this optimism ... read more

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