The United States Supreme Court has finally made its judgment on the constitutionality of Affordable Care Act. So what happens now? How do the uninsured get insurance? Will the Health Exchange work? So will the individual mandate - the requirement to buy health insurance - be so unpopular that Republicans will be able to repeal it? What does it mean for Nevada? How will it shape health care in Clark County?
The University Medical Center (UMC) hospital faced a lot of heat this year, between budget cuts and a Las Vegas Sun series criticizing its quality of care. A recent New York Times piece even triggered an investigation into what motivated its choice of heart implant companies. UMC's CEO, Kathy Silver, and Biotronik (the implant) company give their explanations, and talk about UMC's future.
Hiding in plain sight in Gov. Sandoval's budget are cuts to the Medicaid program. The federal government pays more than 50 percent of all Medicaid costs but the state must meet the rest. Some of Gov. Sandoval's cuts threaten federal funding and medical providers all say they are losing money on Medicaid patients. We look at the crisis in Nevada and what other states are doing to solve the problem.
What is going on with the Southern Nevada hospital system? Nurses reported leaving or transferring jobs because of poor staffing. Why did the Las Vegas Sun find more injuries than those that were actually reported? Sun reporter Marshall Allen joins medical experts and patients still suffering from their injuries to talk about hospital care in Nevada.