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HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
Health
HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
2020-01-29 20:43:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States will expand screenings of international travelers in response to the outbreak of the potentially deadly new coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. "At this point Americans should not worry for their own... Read More

5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
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5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
2020-01-29 20:26:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the... Read More

Tears, Fear and Panic Grip China as Coronavirus Spreads
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Tears, Fear and Panic Grip China as Coronavirus Spreads

BEIJING — The man burst out with a shout at the last second as medical workers boarded a bus headed to Wuhan: “Wang Yuehua, I love you!” He sobbed, gasping, as his wife joined an emergency response team headed to... Read More

With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China
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With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that it planned to evacuate personnel stationed in Wuhan, China, to San Francisco because of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials are “making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate... Read More

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health of Patients and Rural Hospitals
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High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health of Patients and Rural Hospitals

Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER. At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her... Read More

Despite Bipartisan Support, Some Still Resist HFC Phase-Out Bill
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Despite Bipartisan Support, Some Still Resist HFC Phase-Out Bill
2020-01-24 15:43:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — A House bill generally supported by congressional Republicans and manufacturers to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) nevertheless raised a few red flags when it came up before a House subcommittee last week. HFCs are a class of chemicals primarily... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.
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Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Has Reached US Shores, CDC Says
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Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Has Reached US Shores, CDC Says

A man in Washington state has been sickened by the new coronavirus spreading through Asia, marking the first confirmed case in the United States, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The patient, a resident of... Read More

With Fate of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts to New Territory
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With Fate of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts to New Territory

Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide. Those on both sides of the furious debate say this could be the year when everything changes. In March, the Supreme Court will... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge
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Supreme Court to Weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey Birth Control Mandate Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge’s decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections. In... Read More

Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
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Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
2020-01-21 16:26:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's... Read More

In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid
Medicaid
In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

WASHINGTON — More local and state officials are working to ensure that low-income residents stay on Medicaid when they go to jail. Federal law bars Medicaid recipients from accessing their full federal health benefits while incarcerated. But officials from both... Read More

Foundation President Endorses House Asthma and Allergy Bill
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Foundation President Endorses House Asthma and Allergy Bill
2020-01-09 15:16:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill intended to close gaps in the care of public school students with asthma and food allergies is "an important step" in promoting the health of the 11.5 million American children who suffer from these conditions,... Read More

Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions
Supreme Court
Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court to Reexamine Abortion Decisions

WASHINGTON — More than 200 lawmakers, mostly Republicans, filed an amicus brief Thursday urging the Supreme Court to upend the precedents set by two landmark abortion rights cases, elevating abortion as a campaign issue ahead of this fall’s elections. The... Read More

New Years Deadliest Holiday to be On Roadways, Study Says
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New Years Deadliest Holiday to be On Roadways, Study Says

ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone’s New Years celebration is happy and healthy as a study finds the day to be the deadliest holiday of the year behind the wheel. Nearly 1,000 people died on U.S. roadways over a three-day period... Read More

Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High
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Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was 7:30 a.m. inside a nearly vacant Giant Eagle grocery store in New Albany, but in the back corner there were 18 people standing outside the shuttered liquor section. The liquor store didn’t open until 9... Read More

Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at 5 US Airports
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Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure at 5 US Airports

Multiple travelers passed through five U.S. airports while infected with measles in December and may have exposed countless other passengers to the infectious disease, according to health officials. According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, a person infected with... Read More

Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
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Cuellar Says Texas Will Turn Blue When Democrats Embrace Rural Areas
2019-12-24 15:03:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry Cuellar had no sooner returned to his native Texas, then he was being asked to reflect on one of the busiest and most consequential Decembers in the history of the U.S. Congress. In the three days... Read More

With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs
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With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Wednesday announced plans that would pave the way for Americans to begin purchasing lower priced prescription drugs imported from Canada. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar described two ways in which the administration proposes... Read More

By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict
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By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict

A tidal wave of fat, and the ailments that come with it, now appears virtually inevitable in the United States. New research finds that by 2030, nearly half of American adults — 49.2% to be exact — will be obese.... Read More

What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?
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What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?

Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
2019-12-17 16:06:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court
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‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a sympathetic hearing Tuesday to health insurers who were promised their losses would be covered if they expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, only to have the Republican-controlled Congress later refuse to pay.... Read More

How Germany Averted an Opioid Crisis
Opioids
How Germany Averted an Opioid Crisis

HAMBURG, Germany — In 2016, 10 times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Three times as many Americans as Germans experienced opioid addiction. Even as the rates of addiction in the U.S.... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Back at Supreme Court, With Billions for Insurers on the Line
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‘Obamacare’ Back at Supreme Court, With Billions for Insurers on the Line

WASHINGTON — More than $12 billion is at stake for the nation’s health insurers Tuesday when the Supreme Court hears another Affordable Care Act case. For the federal government, the potential damages could be far greater, as its reputation as... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Law
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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn’t want to listen.... Read More

Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
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Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

WASHINGTON — Key House and Senate committee leaders announced a bipartisan agreement Sunday on draft legislation to prohibit surprise medical bills and raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. The agreement raises the odds of Congress clearing measures... Read More

More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School
Medicaid
More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School

WASHINGTON — A mountain of evidence proves it: Good health translates to better student performance. Children who have high blood pressure or are obese perform worse academically than others. Children with asthma miss far more school. Students who have healthy... Read More

Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute
Veterans
Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute
2019-12-05 17:09:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a National Artificial  Intelligence Institute in an effort to further advance the health and well-being of veterans. In a statement, the department said the new Institute will incorporate input from veterans... Read More

Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
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Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
2019-12-04 22:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joined with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Annie Kuster, D-N.H., to re-introduce the Road to Recovery Act, a bill that would improve addiction treatment options under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Specifically,... Read More

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