Understanding why living on the street seems to cause rapid aging could help homeless people — and governments

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The day he learned he had liver cancer, Michael J. Reece, 56, was spending nights in a Seattle homeless shelter, leaving each morning to wander the city streets. For weeks, he’d been in constant pain, worried about the swelling in his legs and gut. Then he faced surgery and chemotherapy — and the dread that comes with a potentially deadly diagnosis

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The tax accountant turned insurance agent says he found a legal, risk-free way to work around his state’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act

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Will Nebbitt, 58, says his body can’t handle life outside anymore. He has a seizure disorder, heart disease and depression. He’s had four operations, including bypass surgery on his leg in March. “I am too old and sick to be back out there on the streets,” he said. “It kind of takes a toll on a person.”

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A new study finds that involuntary psychiatric treatment programs can keep people from cycling through ERs, jails, prisons, and homeless shelters—and therefore save taxpayers gobs of money. Is it worth it?

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A report found significant increases in the number of homeless individuals with health insurance in states that expanded Medicaid coverage, which will also benefit hospitals, doctors, and ultimately society

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