Health Care

Health
12:19 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs

Skyrocketing costs for cancer drugs have triggered a backlash.
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Anyone who's fought cancer knows that it's not just scary, but pricey, too.

"A lot of my patients cry — they're frustrated," says Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic. "Many of them spend their life savings on cancer drugs and end up being bankrupt."

The average U.S. family makes $52,000 annually. Cancer drugs can easily cost a $120,000 a year. Out-of-pocket expenses for the insured can run $25,000 to $30,000 — more than half of a typical family's income.

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Health
6:01 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

Susan Cahill, owner of All Families Healthcare, stands in front of the first building in Kalispell, Mont., where she offered abortion services. After vandalism closed her last clinic down, Missoula became the nearest place for women in the Flathead Valley to find abortion services.
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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 9:28 am

There has never been a welcome mat for abortion service providers in the Flathead Valley, a vast area that stretches over 5,000 square miles in the northwest corner of Montana. Susan Cahill began providing abortions in 1976 in the first clinic to offer the service in the Flathead.

"But that had an arson fire, and then we rebuilt that," she says. "Then we had the anti-choice people try to arrest me for doing abortions when I wasn't a doctor."

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Politics
12:25 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on March 4. The Supreme Court is considering the case of King v. Burwell, which could determine the fate of health care subsidies for millions of people.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:03 pm

As the Supreme Court edges closer to issuing an opinion that could deal a blow to the federal health exchange operating in more than 30 states, Democrats have sounded a warning to their colleagues on the other side: Be careful what you wish for.

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Film Featuring Oklahoma Family Urges Activism
7:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Norman-Based Documentary Seeks to Shatter the Stigma Around HIV/AIDS

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Though his voice is now silent, a gay Oklahoma teen's words live on in a documentary that premiered at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History last night.  Broken Heart Land focuses on 19-year-old Zachary Harrington of Norman.  He committed suicide in 2010, after keeping his HIV-positive diagnosis a secret for over a year.   Hear about the Norman screening, then listen to a full-length interview with KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll, Director Jeremy Stulberg and the Harrington family below.

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Song and Video Release Party Comes to Film Row
7:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Raising Awareness of the Uninsured

The Red Dirt Rangers and other musicians held a release party last night for a song and video to raise awareness of an organization to help uninsured musicians and artists.

The event in the Hart Building in Oklahoma City’s Film Row also focused on Oklahomans who live day to day without any health insurance.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.

Dozens of people from all walks of life sit in the Hart Building enthralled by a video featuring more than 60 musicians singing “Stand (Let Your Voice Be Heard)”.

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Song, Video Raises Money for Red Dirt Relief Fund
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bringing Medical Help to Oklahoma Artists

Oklahoma musicians are coming together in song and video to raise awareness of the health care needs of their fellow artists across the state.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the Red Dirt Relief Fund.

The song called “Stand (Let Your Voice Be Heard)” featuring the Red Dirt Rangers and dozens of other Oklahoma musicians raises money for the Red Dirt Relief Fund.

Brad Piccolo, a founding member of the Red Dirt Rangers, says the fund distributes money to artists who have critical needs.

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