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4:18pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

How The Sequester Could Affect Health Care

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 4:56 pm

On Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional action to prevent automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
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3:17pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why The Hospital Wants The Pharmacist To Be Your Coach

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:41 am

Walgreens is one of several pharmacies that have partnered with hospitals to help manage patients after they've returned home.
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About 1 in 5 Medicare patients who leave the hospital come back within 30 days. Those return trips cost U.S. taxpayers a lot of money — more than $17 billion a year.

In October, the federal government started cracking down on hospitals, penalizing them if too many of their patients bounce back.

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12:00pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

British Man Dies From SARS-Like Virus In U.K. Hospital

Coronaviruses have a characteristic crown of tentacles when viewed under the electron microscope.
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The sixth person has died from a new kind of virus that causes symptoms similar to SARS, a hospital in the U.K. said in a statement Tuesday.

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9:09am

Tue February 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Few Public Family Planning Centers Accept Insurance, Yet

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:44 pm

Health plans are required to pay for contraceptives, but the clinics that are common sources of family planning services aren't used to dealing with insurers.
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Most women can expect to get contraceptives without paying out of pocket for them thanks to the federal Affordable Care Act.

Women who are young or those who are poor and rely on publicly funded family planning centers for reproductive health services are covered, too.

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5:51am

Tue February 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Houston Couple Welcomes Quadruplets

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 10:33 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Congratulations to the Montalvos of Houston, Texas on the birth of their identical twins Ace and Blaine and on the birth of identical twins Cash and Dylan. The couple thought they'd hit the jackpot when they learned they were expecting twins. Then they heard fourth heartbeat. Quadruplets are unusual, but a pair of identical twins - the odds are about 70 million to one. Next? Possibly a family trip to Las Vegas. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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