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Luis Fábregas

Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident

By Luis Fábregas
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident resonates with themes of gratitude and perseverance. And, boy, did she persevere. On the morning ...

Fábregas: Insurers’ feud helps enrollees

By Luis Fábregas
The health insurance heat is on. Way on. Starting Saturday, people who don’t get health insurance at work can shop for coverage on the year-old, online marketplaces of by the federal health care law. Before you roll your eyes, there’s a big ...

Fábregas: Hysteria runs with Ebola tag

By Luis Fábregas
Move over, red rover. The latest game to hit the playground at elementary schools is called Ebola. That much I learned from my 10-year-old daughter, who informed me last week of this creative version of tag. Instead of tagging someone as ...

Fábregas: Husband’s dementia tests Greensburg woman’s endurance

By Luis Fábregas
Margaret Wiley’s husband is not the man she met 40-some years ago. Her husband, Ron McNaughton, can’t remember his home address and sleeps most of the day because dementia has slowly stolen his mind. “It seems like his life has been ...

Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death

By Luis Fábregas
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old newlywed from California who made ...

Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch

By Luis Fábregas
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who until now were untouched by this tiresome, torturous three-year headache. People who use Medicare, the health insurance plan ...

Fábregas: Wal-Mart to offer health checkups where you check out

By Luis Fábregas
Admit it. You love a  bargain at Wal-Mart. You might be the type of bargain hunter who heads to Wal-Mart on Black Friday to score a ...

Fábregas: Waist expansion growing problem in U.S.

By Luis Fábregas
We are getting bigger, America. The average waistline continues to expand. And grow. And grow. This is how bad it’s gotten over the past 10 years: ...

Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit

By Luis Fábregas
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation ...

Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead

By Luis Fábregas
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against ...

Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients

By Luis Fábregas
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed the airwaves last year taking potshots at the insurer. Shapiro, UPMC’s chief medical and scientific officer, ...