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Advocates Argue ACA Repeal Could Hurt NJ Healthcare, Cost Money — and Lives

Lilo H. Stainton | January 19, 2017 | Healthcare

Garden State coalition rallies at State House, while Democrats in D.C. grill Trump’s controversial pick to head national healthcare policy

Christie Stays on Message, Signs Executive Order for Anti-Addiction Measures

Lilo H. Stainton | January 18, 2017 | Healthcare
Some experts question governor’s priorities, some lawmakers say he’s replicating plans already approved by the Legislature
NJ Democrats — and a Few GOP Colleagues — Gear Up to Deal with ACA Repeal
Lilo H. Stainton | January 17, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Repeal and replace’ could cost state billions and would almost certainly affect quality of healthcare available to poor and middle-class residents
Experts Warn Christie’s Prescription Limits Could Cause More Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | January 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor wants to ‘prevent addiction before it starts’ by curbing patients’ access to medications but there is strong opposition to such mandates
Christie’s Best-Intended Addiction Initiatives May Be Hard to Realize
Lilo H. Stainton | January 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Most problematic parts of his plan: mandating health insurance coverage for six months of treatment and restricting opioid prescriptions to five-day supply
Christie Focuses State of the State on ‘Crisis of Drug Addiction’
Lilo H. Stainton | January 11, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor devotes two-thirds of his last major address to problem he says is ‘ripping the very fabric of New Jersey’
State Agency Wants Federal Okay to Continue with NJ’s Medicaid Reforms
Lilo H. Stainton | January 10, 2017 | Healthcare
Officials say recent ‘patient-centric’ changes to the program are working and provide national models
Proposal Seeks to Expand Access to ‘Dual Diagnoses’ Treatment Beds
Lilo H. Stainton | January 9, 2017 | Healthcare
It’s not uncommon for people with substance-abuse problems to also suffer from behavioral-health issues; unfortunately, facilities that can treat both are rare
Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions at Risk Again if Republicans Overturn ACA?
Lilo H. Stainton | January 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Insurance coverage might become unaffordable for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents
Get Smart, Get Tested, Get Treated for STDs and HIV/AIDS — New Campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2017 | Healthcare
The ‘startling fact’ that half of all sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25 brings urgency to the effort
Federal Audit Finds Problems with NJ’s Medicaid Billing System, Wants $95M Refund
Lilo H. Stainton | January 4, 2017 | Healthcare
State officials and local providers contest findings, say they are based mainly on ‘unreasonable’ requirements for documentation of treatments
Christie Calls for Action on Addiction Recovery at Candlelight Vigil
Lilo H. Stainton | December 22, 2016 | Healthcare
Public opinion of the governor’s performance is at a historic low, but he still gets high marks from those working to end drug addiction in New Jersey
Doctors and Healthcare Execs in NJ to Work on Their Leadership Skills
Lilo H. Stainton | December 21, 2016 | Healthcare
End-of-life care is first focus for new academy that aims to get different groups to collaborate
Is Medicare Paying Too Much For Inpatient Procedures?
Lilo H. Stainton | December 20, 2016 | Healthcare
Meanwhile, are patients overburdened by outpatient costs that add up?
New Jersey Tissue Bank Plays Key Role in Global Organ Donation Network
Lilo H. Stainton | December 19, 2016 | Healthcare
A young Australian who received skin provided by the Edison-based Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation said it was ‘lifesaving’
In New Jersey, Independent Hospitals Becoming Increasingly Rare
NJTV News Online | December 19, 2016 | Healthcare
President of Holy Name in Teaneck — one of 11 independent institutions — says pressure to increase bargaining power, cut costs is driving the trend
New Jersey May Become Latest State to Cap Out-of-Pocket Cost of Medications
Lilo H. Stainton | December 16, 2016 | Healthcare
There’s a bipartisan push to cap what patients pay for drugs. It could cut their bills in half, but not everyone’s on board
Obesity Dips Among Poor Children In New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | December 15, 2016 | Healthcare
Too many are still overweight, and experts say programs encouraging healthier diet and more exercise must be maintained
NJ Poised to Benefit from Major Federal Funding for Healthcare Innovation
Lilo H. Stainton | December 14, 2016 | Healthcare
Garden State could tap into billions of dollars in new investment for research, drug reviews, mental health, and more
Princeton Researchers Link Pain, Overdoses, Suicide, and Trump Votes
Lilo H. Stainton | December 13, 2016 | Healthcare
Team suggests lack of education leads to physical problems caused by lifetime of heavy lifting, which can prevent sufferers from enjoying life
Camden’s Targeting of Medical ‘Hot Spots’ Becomes Model for Other Poor Areas
Lilo H. Stainton | December 9, 2016 | Healthcare
Doctors combine mental and physical treatment with attention to other needs for patients who need the most care
Helping Patients Manage Pain While Curbing Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | December 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Doctors need better training and better tools, including a range of alternatives for pain treatment
Working Toward Better Healthcare Access for New Jersey’s Veterans
Lilo H. Stainton | December 7, 2016 | Healthcare
Thousands of vets must travel a long way — and wait a long time — to see a doctor. Lawmakers seek remedies for these and other stresses on vets and active service members
More Delay In Years-Long Effort To Control ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills In NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | December 6, 2016 | Healthcare
Efforts to satisfy healthcare providers unsettle insurance companies
Trying to Get Doctors to Think Twice Before Prescribing Opioids to Minors
Lilo H. Stainton | December 5, 2016 | Healthcare
New Jersey has been particularly hard-hit by opioid addiction. Now there’s a move to make doctors discuss risks with parents before prescribing controlled substance to kids
State Seeks High-Tech Oversight of $2B Annual Spending on Drug Benefits
Lilo H. Stainton | December 2, 2016 | Healthcare
New Jersey would be first state to use new technology to make real-time decisions about drug purchases, contracts, possibly saving taxpayers $200M a year
New Jersey Expands Welfare Benefits for Former Drug Offenders
Lilo H. Stainton | December 1, 2016 | Healthcare
But they must be participating in a treatment program, and no one convicted of distributing drugs is eligible
Trump’s Pick For Health Wants Big Changes To Medicare, Medicaid
Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2016 | Healthcare
Millions of NJ residents could be affected if Congressman Tom Price’s plans for those programs and Obamacare become law
Repeal of ACA Could Hurt NJ’s Patients, Health, And Economy
Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2016 | Healthcare
If President-elect Trump follows through on his threat to abolish Obamacare, it could blow a $3B hole in the state’s budget, in the first year alone
Rutgers’ Stroke Study Shows Younger Adults Face Growing Risk
Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Researchers find rate is dropping among New Jerseyans over 55, but indicate potentially alarming news for those 35 to 44
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