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Focus on Core Issues Bolsters Democrats Odds of Holding House Majority, Analysis Finds
2020 Elections
Focus on Core Issues Bolsters Democrats Odds of Holding House Majority, Analysis Finds
2019-10-15 21:16:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If Democrats want to hold their majority in House in 2020 they'll focus on core issues important to their constituents like protecting healthcare coverage, fighting corruption, and expanding economic opportunity, according to a new analysis by Third Way,... Read More

Opioid Treatment Scam May Be Coming to Your State
Opioids
Opioid Treatment Scam May Be Coming to Your State

FREDERICK, Md. — Donna Johnson, a working mother of four who lives in a quiet upscale neighborhood in suburban Maryland, is determined to thwart an insidious addiction treatment scam that’s spreading across the country. It ensnared her son, then 21,... Read More

House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory
Health
House Panel Advances Bipartisan Plan to List PFAS Chemicals on Toxics Inventory
2019-10-11 18:33:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee has advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., that would require the EPA to list a dangerous class of compounds known as PFAS chemicals on its Toxics Release Inventory. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,... Read More

Philadelphia’s Landmark Supervised-Injection Site Ruling Has Boosted Such Efforts in Other Cities
In The News
Philadelphia’s Landmark Supervised-Injection Site Ruling Has Boosted Such Efforts in Other Cities

PHILADELPHIA — The federal court ruling in favor of Philadelphia’s proposed supervised-injection site doesn’t apply to the handful of other cities that have floated the idea over the last few years. But backers of the harm-reduction concept around the country... Read More

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves and Have-Nots
Health
The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves and Have-Nots

ST. LOUIS — Patricia Powers went a few years without health insurance and couldn’t afford regular doctor visits. So she had no idea cancerous tumors were silently growing in both of her breasts. If Powers lived just across the Mississippi... Read More

Democrats Pan Trump Medicare 'Plan' Saying It Does Nothing for Recipients
Health
Democrats Pan Trump Medicare 'Plan' Saying It Does Nothing for Recipients
2019-10-04 15:23:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump traveled to The Villages, a retirement community of 125,000 residents north of Orlando, to tout a plan to "save" Medicare, but House Democrats quickly panned the president, his plan and his rhetoric. The central theme... Read More

Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
Health
Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
2019-10-01 20:50:44
by Dan McCue

This year's term begins Monday, Oct. 7, and will extend into late June, encompassing the presidential primaries and ending just before the Republicans and Democrats host their presidential nominating conventions. As always, one can expect the Justices' statements from the... Read More

In Tiny Doses, an Addiction Medication Moonlights as Treatment for Chronic Pain
Health
In Tiny Doses, an Addiction Medication Moonlights as Treatment for Chronic Pain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lori Pinkley, a 50-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with puzzling chronic pain since she was 15. She has had countless disappointing visits with doctors. Some said they couldn’t help her. Others diagnosed her with... Read More

Iowa's Axne, Leads Freshman Dems In Push to End Surprise Billing
Congress
Iowa's Axne, Leads Freshman Dems In Push to End Surprise Billing
2019-10-01 18:38:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Representative Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, led a group of freshman House Democrats in introducing legislation to protect Americans from "surprise bills" due to out-of-date insurance directors. The UPDATE Act requires insurance companies to regularly update their provider directories to... Read More

Californians Strongly Back Vaccine Law In New Statewide Poll
State News
Californians Strongly Back Vaccine Law In New Statewide Poll

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians strongly support a state law creating new oversight of vaccine medical exemptions for schoolchildren in a statewide poll released Monday, with backing across a spectrum of political affiliations, income and education levels, and geography. The UC... Read More

Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
Supreme Court
Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
2019-10-01 14:35:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Every year, as reliably as the start of Major League Baseball's playoffs, and the arrival of multi-colored fall foliage, the U.S. Supreme Court returns in October to tackle 70 to 80 of the nation's toughest legal questions. This... Read More

‘Medicaid Is a Lifeline, But the Medicaid Waiver Is Life.’ People Fear Losing Benefits
Health
‘Medicaid Is a Lifeline, But the Medicaid Waiver Is Life.’ People Fear Losing Benefits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For almost every waking hour of his day, 33-year-old Jason Hahr needs someone else to do what his own body cannot. Hahr has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means he needs a personal care assistant to physically... Read More

Want to Reduce Suicides? Follow the Data — to Medical Offices, Motels and Even Animal Shelters
Mental Health
Want to Reduce Suicides? Follow the Data — to Medical Offices, Motels and Even Animal Shelters

HILLSBORO, Ore. — On Kimberly Repp’s office wall is a sign in Latin: Hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae. This is a place where the dead delight in helping the living. For medical examiners, it’s a mission. Their... Read More

As Off-Label Use Spreads, Supplies of Niche Drugs and Patients’ Patience Grow Short
In The News
As Off-Label Use Spreads, Supplies of Niche Drugs and Patients’ Patience Grow Short

Medical treatment has knocked down tumors in 6-year-old Easton Daniels’ brain, but the drug used also wiped out his immune system. To bolster his immune function and help keep him healthy, he has visited a hospital for intravenous infusions of... Read More

Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law
State News
Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law

ATLANTA — A federal judge said Monday that he hoped to determine soon whether the court should block Georgia’s new anti-abortion law from going into effect, but he hinted at the potential long road ahead for the case. It’s unclear... Read More

Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
Health
Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
2019-09-20 21:57:02
by Sean Trambley

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national... Read More

Americans’ Struggles With Medical Bills Are a Foreign Concept in Other Countries
Health
Americans’ Struggles With Medical Bills Are a Foreign Concept in Other Countries

GORINCHEM, Netherlands — In France, a visit to the doctor typically costs the equivalent of $1.12. A night in a German hospital costs a patient roughly $11. And in the Netherlands — one of the few wealthy nations other than... Read More

Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election
Health
Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election

ATLANTA — On a recent sweltering August morning, Congresswoman Lucy McBath headlined a rally extolling the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients. But the freshman Democrat, who represents a fast-changing swath of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, took care not to mention... Read More

Feds Restore Protections for Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses
Immigration
Feds Restore Protections for Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses

MIAMI — The Trump administration reversed itself Thursday and said it will again allow immigrants who are facing serious illnesses to remain in the U.S. to get medical care without fear of deportation. A month ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible
Veterans
Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible
2019-09-17 21:02:23
by Sean Trambley

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for women at the VA’s healthcare call center. Brindisi’s legislation, H.R. 2972, would statutorily require the Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Call... Read More

Groupons for Medical Treatment? Welcome to Today’s US Health Care
Health
Groupons for Medical Treatment? Welcome to Today’s US Health Care

Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted... Read More

Coming Out About Mental Health on Social Media
Mental Health
Coming Out About Mental Health on Social Media

Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam... Read More

List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow
Military
List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow
2019-09-17 20:03:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected to rise as a Defense Department task force continues to assess the problem, the Pentagon said last week. During a... Read More

NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors
State News
NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors

NEW YORK — Amid growing reports of vaping-related illnesses and even deaths, Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced an emergency ban on all e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol. “Vaping is dangerous, period,” Cuomo said. “It is addicting young people... Read More

The Collapse of a Hospital Empire — and Towns Left in the Wreckage
Health
The Collapse of a Hospital Empire — and Towns Left in the Wreckage

SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his... Read More

Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem
Mental Health
Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem

ATLANTA — One afternoon in August, six days after Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell, Christi Phillips received a troubling message. Her husband, Mike, who is serving time at a state prison in Valdosta, Ga., overheard... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
Health
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
2019-09-10 21:10:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed a pair of bills intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act while expanding health care coverage and driving down insurance costs for more Americans. Both bills were put forward by the... Read More

How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan
Health
How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan

BANNU, Pakistan — An anti-vaccination movement rooted in suspicions of modern medicine. Unsubstantiated rumors fueled by social media. Children infected with a disease that had been all but wiped out. Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it... Read More

How Political Maneuvering Derailed a Red State’s Path to Medicaid Expansion
Entitlements
How Political Maneuvering Derailed a Red State’s Path to Medicaid Expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. — This was supposed to be the year Medicaid expansion finally happened in Kansas. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, elected in November, had run on the issue. She triumphed in a state that had gone for Trump in 2016... Read More

Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl
Entitlements
Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Melissa and Daryl McKinsey first heard about “Mexican Oxy” last year when their 19-year-old son Parker called in tears. “I need to go to rehab,” he said. Several months earlier, a friend had given Parker a baby-blue... Read More

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