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As the country faces the possibility of massive Medicaid cuts, a pair of experts and an ace Medicaid reporter offered tips on how to navigate the fast-developing story in our latest Health Matters webinar.
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Too often, people experience death in ways deeply at odds with how they'd wish to live out their final days. In a recent webinar, a policy expert and journalist shared ideas for how the U.S. healthcare system navigates the end of life.
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When I tackled the topic of loneliness as a 2013 National Health Journalism Fellowship project, I honestly didn't think it would be hard to find people who were lonely so that I could write about the issue. I was right and wrong.

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When Montana’s governor signed a law creating a suicide review team in May 2013, he called reporter Cindy Uken personally to tell her he signed it. For the last year, she's been reporting on the state's high suicide rates and the possible ways to change those trends.

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In Latino households, where family is a priority and multiple generations live under one roof, children face unique challenges in providing care for their aging relatives.

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While walking down the street in the spring of late 1980’s Billy found a senior citizen crying on her porch.  When he approached her to find out why she was so upset, she explained, “my television is broken and it will cost $25 to fix.”  To many people this may not be a cause of such great sadness, but to a senior living alone on a fixed income, her only source of companionship was now gone.  

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With its many intimate subjects--poverty, abuse, homelessness--this series has made me a more honest reporter.

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The baby boom culture. Longer, but not necessarily healthier lifestyles. A general lack of information and communication. Each of these elements plays a role in the growing phenomenon that is the misuse of prescription drugs by the elderly.

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Why is it important that people exercise in their senior years? Maureen Cavanaugh and Hank Crook discuss what kinds of exercises seniors should do, and the long-term health benefits that can be gained from staying physically fit as we age.

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End-of-life care is often the most expensive health care. Many people, when given the option, choose to opt out of experimental therapies and drugs as they approach death, but the current health care system structure incentivizes more care instead of less. So patients' wishes often get left out of the equation.

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