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First Coronavirus Death in U.S. Heightens Fears
Health
First Coronavirus Death in U.S. Heightens Fears

LOS ANGELES — The death of a man in Washington state from the new coronavirus marks a milestone in the country’s fight against a disease that has already killed thousands around the world and points to the increasing likelihood of... Read More

As Suicide Rates Climb, Crisis Centers Expand
Health
As Suicide Rates Climb, Crisis Centers Expand

PHOENIX — On a recent Wednesday at 9:47 a.m., two police cars pulled up to Recovery Response Center, a one-story stucco building on a main highway in Peoria, 13 miles from downtown Phoenix. A lanky, sandy-haired man compliantly walked with... Read More

Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis
Economy
Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis
2020-02-28 21:12:55
by Dan McCue

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell vowed Friday that the central bank will use its entire toolbox to support the economy in the face of worldwide fears over the coronavirus outbreak. "The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong," Powell said. "However,... Read More

Coronavirus Crisis Seeds Chaos in Washington and on Wall Street
Health
Coronavirus Crisis Seeds Chaos in Washington and on Wall Street

NEW YORK — In the 24 hours after President Donald Trump assured Americans that the response to the coronavirus was well in hand, signs of disorder began to emerge from Washington to Wall Street. The Trump administration was accused of... Read More

Congress Zeroing In on $6 Billion to $8 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package
Health
Congress Zeroing In on $6 Billion to $8 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Amid growing concerns about both the economic and health impacts of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, appropriators are rushing to draft an emergency spending package that could provide upward of $6 billion in aid. House and Senate appropriators are... Read More

Economists See Growing Recession Risk as Coronavirus Spreads
Economy
Economists See Growing Recession Risk as Coronavirus Spreads

WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus outbreak enters a potentially dangerous new phase, with cases widening in Europe and expected to spread in the United States, economists have begun to raise their estimates for the risk of a global recession and... Read More

Trump Facing Growing Coronavirus Crisis Amid Market Jitters and Administration Chaos
Political News
Trump Facing Growing Coronavirus Crisis Amid Market Jitters and Administration Chaos

President Donald Trump vowed to take on coronavirus Wednesday even as a plunging stock market and chaos within his own administration laid bare a potential major global crisis that could threaten his reelection battle. Returning from a trip to India,... Read More

Coronavirus Spread in US is Inevitable, CDC Warns; It’s ‘a Question of When’
Health
Coronavirus Spread in US is Inevitable, CDC Warns; It’s ‘a Question of When’

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised communities to take precautions in the event that the coronavirus spreads — something officials believe to be inevitable. “Ultimately, we expect we will see coronavirus spread in this country,” CDC... Read More

The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance
Health
The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance

WASHINGTON — The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development of the brain and the cardiovascular, immune and metabolic systems. Early childhood is when medical interventions to correct problems in... Read More

How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One
Opinions
How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One

As a nurse, and someone whose life was saved by emergency air medical transport, I can tell you that having access and continuity of care is critically important to health outcomes. Air ambulances allow you to access specialty care when... Read More

Senators Press EPA for Action on PFAS
Health
Senators Press EPA for Action on PFAS
2020-02-18 20:53:41
by Dan McCue

A year after the EPA pledged to act on limiting exposure to a class of extremely hazardous chemicals, a group of Senators is asking why the agency has yet to fulfill its commitments and when it plans to do so.... Read More

Report Shows Americans More Open Than Ever to Plant-Based Foods
Health
Report Shows Americans More Open Than Ever to Plant-Based Foods
2020-02-18 20:41:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Earth Day Network and Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new research report last week on “Climate Change and the American Diet.” The report claims that Americans are more open than ever to plant-based foods.... Read More

Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
Federal Reserve
Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown
2020-02-12 14:18:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel on Tuesday that while the U.S. economy continues to show steady growth, the broadening coronavirus outbreak “could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of... Read More

Some Nonprofit Hospitals Aren’t Earning Their Tax Breaks, Critics Say
Taxes
Some Nonprofit Hospitals Aren’t Earning Their Tax Breaks, Critics Say

CHICAGO — On a recent morning at John H. Stroger Hospital, hardly a seat was to be had in any of the first-floor clinic waiting rooms. Not in audiology. Not in heart and vascular. Not in the pharmacy or ophthalmology.... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System
2020-02-07 19:56:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of seven bills aimed at improving health care coverage and reducing costs for millions of Americans. “The American people deserve solutions that move past partisan posturing and make real progress... Read More

Analysis: A Big Issue Voters Might Be Missing
Health
Analysis: A Big Issue Voters Might Be Missing

WASHINGTON — Democrats who say they are determined to keep voters focused on health care this year were hoping that the Supreme Court would hand them a ready-made campaign ad and a potential courtroom win. Instead, the court recently punted... Read More

Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
Medicaid
Governors Warn New Regs Could Lead to Deep Medicaid Cuts
2020-02-07 16:55:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association is warning that a newly proposed regulation by the Trump administration could lead to dramatic cuts in Medicaid and deny health care to millions of low-income Americans. In a bipartisan letter signed by Govs.... Read More

Coronavirus Quarantine Site in Washington State is Ready — But So Far, the Rooms are Empty
Health
Coronavirus Quarantine Site in Washington State is Ready — But So Far, the Rooms are Empty

SEATTLE — Off Interstate 90 east of North Bend, through a winding, twisting road with blind turns and a gated entrance, sits the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy. The sprawling site features a multilevel building with burn pits, a... Read More

A Doctor’s Death Could Break Chinese People’s Trust in Their Government
Health
A Doctor’s Death Could Break Chinese People’s Trust in Their Government

BEIJING — He appeared on social media, a solitary man in a surgical mask, warning of a deadly virus. The Chinese government moved to downplay the emergency, but Dr. Li Wenliang’s insistence that an epidemic was coming turned him into... Read More

FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Coronavirus Test
In The News
FDA Issues Emergency Approval for Coronavirus Test

The federal government has issued an emergency order allowing its coronavirus test to be used by state health labs nationwide, speeding up efforts to detect and contain new cases of the mysterious new illness. Since the first cases of the... Read More

Florida Senate Passes Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion
State News
Florida Senate Passes Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Senate Thursday pulled off what it couldn’t last year. The upper chamber passed a bill that would reinstate a parental consent law declared unconstitutional 30 years ago, requiring minors seeking abortions to first get consent... Read More

Why The Coronavirus Will Hit The World Economy Harder Than SARS
Political News
Why The Coronavirus Will Hit The World Economy Harder Than SARS

WASHINGTON — During the 2003 SARS epidemic, Starbucks barely had 100 stores in China to worry about. The company responded by postponing staff meetings, and pushing stricter hygiene and store-cleaning procedures for employees. This time around with the new coronavirus... Read More

Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
Health
Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
2020-02-04 16:48:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, led by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, in the Senate, are urging the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to quickly distribute rapid diagnostic tests... Read More

Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention
2020 Elections
Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention

Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the sake of his own blood pressure, he’s grateful. “Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God I’m... Read More

Coronavirus: These Countries, Airlines Restrict Travel to China
Health
Coronavirus: These Countries, Airlines Restrict Travel to China

The outbreak of the coronavirus has prompted dozens of nations and airlines to restrict travel, increasingly isolating the country of more than 1.3 billion people. Nearly 10,000 flights were canceled between the outbreak of the virus and Jan. 31, according... Read More

‘Magical Leaf’ or ‘Imminent Hazard’? Users Love Kratom, But Feds Might Ban It
In The News
‘Magical Leaf’ or ‘Imminent Hazard’? Users Love Kratom, But Feds Might Ban It

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first time she used kratom, Ashley McCaughan was scared. Someone had suggested she try the controversial herbal supplement to fend off the aches and pains of her job managing a personal watercraft company in Florida.... Read More

Coronavirus Now a Global Health Emergency, World Health Organization Declares
Health
Coronavirus Now a Global Health Emergency, World Health Organization Declares

NEW YORK — The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency Thursday after the newly discovered infection sickened thousands of Chinese people in a week and continued to spread worldwide. The rarely used declaration, which triggers... Read More

States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
Litigation
States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
2020-01-30 21:06:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen states have joined a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration from reducing food benefits for about 700,000 people nationwide. The cuts represent a rule change the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized shortly before Christmas for... Read More

WHO Considers Emergency Decree Over Coronavirus; Toll Hits 170
Health
WHO Considers Emergency Decree Over Coronavirus; Toll Hits 170

The World Health Organization called a meeting of its Emergency Committee Thursday to consider issuing a global alarm as the death toll from the spreading coronavirus rose to 170 and the number of cases jumped. Governments tightened international travel and... Read More

New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive
State News
New York Lawmakers Weigh Changing How Drunk is Too Drunk to Drive

ALBANY, N.Y. — A pair of New York lawmakers want to lower the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol content. Currently, the legal driving blood alcohol limit .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. But Assemblyman... Read More

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