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

Researcher Develops New Weapon in War Against Overdoses: An Implanted Device That Automatically Releases Lifesaving Naloxone
Opioids
Researcher Develops New Weapon in War Against Overdoses: An Implanted Device That Automatically Releases Lifesaving Naloxone

CHICAGO — An opioid overdose can be a lonely death. People who use drugs often do so in private, and should they get a dose stronger than they can tolerate, no one will be there to save them with the... Read More

IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
Veterans
IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
2019-12-03 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In many ways, Jeremy Butler is the perfect interview subject. It doesn't take much to encourage him to talk about topics he's passionate about. And as the newly appointed CEO of Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Butler... Read More

Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills
Texas
Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1. Earlier this year, lawmakers from both parties came together on legislation to protect people in... Read More

Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy
Research
Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy

It’s official: Americans are dying much sooner in life. Preliminary signals of declining health were neither a false alarm nor a statistical fluke. A reversal of American life expectancy, a downward trend that has now been sustained for three years... Read More

New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
State News
New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

Lawmakers in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly Monday to provide more than $9 million to organizations like Planned Parenthood, which said they had to turn down federal money after President Donald Trump instituted a so-called “gag rule” forbidding them from making... Read More

With Safe Injection Sites, ‘Somebody Has to Go First.’ It Could Be Philadelphia
Health
With Safe Injection Sites, ‘Somebody Has to Go First.’ It Could Be Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — In a massive, soot-stained 19th-century former Methodist church that fills an entire block here, dozens of addiction counselors and peer support specialists work to help injection drug users stay as healthy as possible until they decide they’re ready... Read More

Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment
State News
Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost halfway through the ACA open enrollment period, Florida is leading the nation in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance, according to the federal data released on Wednesday. Of the 1.7 million... Read More

The Case of the Affordable Care Act’s Disappearing Taxes
Health
The Case of the Affordable Care Act’s Disappearing Taxes

It was a moment of genuine bipartisanship at the House Ways and Means Committee in October, as Democratic and Republican sponsors alike praised a bill called the “Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019.” The bill, approved by the panel... Read More

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