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Zemaira update

Zemaira update
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
The Alpha-1 Foundation was informed by CSL Behring that Zemaira, their prescription drug for augmentation therapy for the treatment of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1), returned to normal distribution on Monday, December 3rd, 2018. This is good news for patients who rely on this product, especially as we head into the cold and flu season.  The Foundation bases its knowledge of...
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Big surge in enrollment lifts Obamacare marketplaces

Monday, December 21, 2015
A big surge of consumers this fall is pushing up enrollment in health coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act, providing an unexpected boost to insurance marketplaces created by the law, according to new data from the federal...
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Alabama physician emphasizes simple blood test to identify Alpha-1, under-diagnosed genetic cause of COPD

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
More than 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which generally is caused by smoking and inhaling secondhand smoke or environmental pollutants. However, a small group of people develop COPD because of a...
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Feds extend open enrollment for two days amid record demand

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Federal officials late Tuesday extended the deadline for consumers to sign up for health insurance on the federal Healthcare.gov site until 11:59 PM Dec. 17 due to "unprecedented demand." The additional two days from the previous...
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Why do some Alphas develop liver disease?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
In Alphas with the ZZ genotype, most of the alpha-1 protein made in the liver misfolds and gets trapped in the liver cells instead of moving normally into the bloodstream. Because of the ZZ gene mutation, the misfolded proteins link to one...
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When a "free" annual check-up isn’t really free

Monday, December 14, 2015
Patricia Jones thought she was getting the much-talked-about free physical under Obamacare when she went to see a doctor in May.  But, she says, a few small things that happened during her checkup ended up making the visit cost more than...
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Today is Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 coverage

Friday, December 11, 2015
WASHINGTON — Milwaukee, Detroit and Philadelphia have done the best among 20 cities competing to sign up people for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, while Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas are lagging, the White House said Monday...
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Medicare penalizes 758 hospitals for safety incidents

Friday, December 11, 2015
The federal government is penalizing 758 hospitals with higher rates of patient safety incidents, and more than half of those places had also been fined last year, Medicare records released late Wednesday show. Among the hospitals...
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Medicare Rules Reshape Hospital Admissions

Monday, December 7, 2015
An Arizona hospital system's encouraging progress on preventable readmissions for heart failure may be largely due to its increased use of assigning patients to observation status, according to The Wall Street Journal. A WSJ analysis of...
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Vote to repeal Obamacare has "no possibility of being signed into law"

Monday, December 7, 2015
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have finally fulfilled their long quest to pass legislation repealing President Obama’s landmark health care law, and Congress will soon send the measure to the White House, where it might have a chance...
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Alpha-1-To-One magazine Winter issue in your mail now

Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Winter 2015 issue of Alpha-1-To-One magazine is in the mail to some 27,000 people with free subscriptions and is now available online. Read the cover story, "A New Beginning: Frank Willersinn gets second chance at life and makes the most...
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2014 U.S. health spending grew at fastest rate of Obama years

Thursday, December 3, 2015
U.S. healthcare spending last year grew at the fastest pace since President Barack Obama took office, driven by expanded coverage under his namesake law and by zooming prescription drug costs, the government said Wednesday. After five years of...
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Health problems caused by hospitals are down, feds say

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Infections and other health problems caused by hospitals dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, preventing 87,000 deaths and saving $20 billion in healthcare costs, federal health officials said Tuesday. The new report from the Centers for...
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