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Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?
Health
Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?

While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” U.S. President... Read More

Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments to Desperate Patients
Health
Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments to Desperate Patients

Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to... Read More

There Aren’t Enough Doctors to Treat HIV in the South
Health
There Aren’t Enough Doctors to Treat HIV in the South

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — When his HIV specialist left Selma, Larry wondered where he would get care next. He already drove an hour from his small Alabama town to the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once marched to the... Read More

Rep. Murphy Announces Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis in Central Florida
Opioids
Rep. Murphy Announces Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis in Central Florida
2019-08-27 20:59:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Stephanie Murphy announced the University of Central Florida will receive $494,412 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic in central Florida. The funds will be used by the university... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban
Law
Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban
2019-08-27 20:52:11
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks, one of the most restrictive proposals nationwide. The law, which included no exceptions for rape and incest, was signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson in... Read More

Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
2019-08-27 20:46:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa, is expected to mount a full-court, bipartisan press to see that legislation lowering prescription drug prices is passed before the end of the year. Chairman Grassley recently met with Senate Health... Read More

Among Hurdles for Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting the Drug to Treat It
Opioids
Among Hurdles for Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting the Drug to Treat It

PHILADELPHIA — Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose... Read More

As Rural Hospital Closes, Emergency Care Is on the Blink With Fate Uncertain
Health
As Rural Hospital Closes, Emergency Care Is on the Blink With Fate Uncertain

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — For more than 30 minutes, Robert Findley lay unconscious in the back of an ambulance next to Mercy Hospital Fort Scott on a frigid February morning with paramedics hand-pumping oxygen into his lungs. A helipad sat... Read More

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Undergoes More Cancer Treatment
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Undergoes More Cancer Treatment
2019-08-23 19:18:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed three weeks of radiation treatment for a cancerous tumor discovered on her pancreas in July, the Supreme Court announced Friday. According to the statement, the tumor was discovered after a... Read More

Planned Parenthood To Stop Taking Title X Funds Rather Than Comply With Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
Civil Rights
Planned Parenthood To Stop Taking Title X Funds Rather Than Comply With Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration “gag rule” that prohibits it from providing abortion... Read More

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids
Marijuana
Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

DENVER — A car accident 17 years ago shattered Ashley Weber’s spine and left her confined to a wheelchair. After the accident, she said, she was prescribed strong opioids, developed an addiction to them and spent her days in a... Read More

Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It
Health
Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — The sun is setting just as midwife Sheryl Shafer wraps up a long Thursday on the road visiting families in west Tennessee and Kentucky. She knows the patient on her last stop, a 21-year-old Amish woman in... Read More

Majority Of Large Employers Have Concerns About 'Medicare For All' Proposals, Survey Finds
Opinion Polls
Majority Of Large Employers Have Concerns About 'Medicare For All' Proposals, Survey Finds
2019-08-20 12:43:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A majority of large employers believe the Medicare for all proposals being touted by some White House aspirants would lower the number of uninsured in the United States, but at a cost of higher taxes and a decline... Read More

Health Law’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ May Finally Be Running Out Of Gas
Health
Health Law’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ May Finally Be Running Out Of Gas

The politics of health care are changing. And one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act — the so-called Cadillac tax — may be about to change with it. The Cadillac tax is a 40% tax on... Read More

Hepatitis A Races Across the Country
Health
Hepatitis A Races Across the Country

AKRON, Ohio — Just before the Fourth of July, Trenton Burrell began feeling run-down and achy. Soon he could barely muster the energy to walk from one room to another. A friend shared an alarming observation: “You’re turning yellow.” Within... Read More

To Save Money, American Patients and Surgeons Meet in Cancun
Health
To Save Money, American Patients and Surgeons Meet in Cancun

CANCUN, Mexico — Donna Ferguson awoke in the resort city of Cancun before sunrise on a sweltering Saturday in July. She wasn’t headed to the beach. Instead, she walked down a short hallway from her Sheraton hotel and into Galenia... Read More

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs
Health
Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical... Read More

Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
Health
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

California To Ban Pesticide Trump’s EPA Rescued From Elimination
State News
California To Ban Pesticide Trump’s EPA Rescued From Elimination

LOS ANGELES — California regulators on Wednesday took formal legal steps to ban a widely used pesticide that had been rescued from elimination by the Trump administration despite links to developmental disorders. The move by the state Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
Climate
Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid
Entitlements
Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid
2019-08-13 21:50:38
by Sean Trambley

In July, freshman Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., introduced the Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act to improve the financial security of Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing facilities.  Currently, Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for nursing care must contribute almost their entire... Read More

Future Forum's Underwood, Kennedy Discuss Mental Health Challenges of Young Americans
Mental Health
Future Forum's Underwood, Kennedy Discuss Mental Health Challenges of Young Americans
2019-08-10 00:05:14
by Dan McCue

U.S. Representatives Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., hosted a forum in Yorkville, Ill. This week to discuss challenges young Americans face with mental health.  Underwood and Kennedy are members of Future Forum, an influential group of young... Read More

The Real-Life Conversion of a Former Anti-Vaxxer
Health
The Real-Life Conversion of a Former Anti-Vaxxer

Amid the contentious dispute over immunization requirements for children, Kelley Watson Snyder stands out: She has been both a recalcitrant skeptic and an ardent proponent of childhood vaccines. Snyder, a Monterey, Calif., mother of two, was a so-called anti-vaxxer for... Read More

'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
State News
'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
2019-08-09 23:10:03
by Dan McCue

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced South Carolina led the nation in drunk driving fatalities, with 44% of all auto accident deaths involving at least... Read More

Trump Plans Major Health Care Speech in September, Conway Says
Health
Trump Plans Major Health Care Speech in September, Conway Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to introduce an “elaborate” plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system in a major September speech, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday. The plan is expected to include proposals to reduce drug... Read More

Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
Substance Abuse
Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
2019-08-05 21:46:54
by Dan McCue

Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Waldwick, New Jersey with Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton to discuss how local communities are addressing the opioid crisis and substance abuse in general. Deaths from drug overdoses in New Jersey... Read More

Democratic 2020 Candidates Inch Away From Medicare for All
2020 Elections
Democratic 2020 Candidates Inch Away From Medicare for All

WASHINGTON — In April, many of the top Democratic presidential candidates eagerly lined up to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for all bill — a vast restructuring of the U.S. health care system that would go far beyond Obamacare. Sens. Elizabeth... Read More

Genetic-Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Rips Off Medicare
Health
Genetic-Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Rips Off Medicare

The 86-year-old woman in rural Utah doesn’t usually answer solicitations from strangers, she said, but the young couple who knocked on her front door seemed so nice. Before long, she had handed over her Medicare and Social Security numbers —... Read More

More Than Half a Million Americans Exposed to Toxic Air Pollution Face Cancer Risks Above EPA Guidelines
Environment
More Than Half a Million Americans Exposed to Toxic Air Pollution Face Cancer Risks Above EPA Guidelines

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Neighbors used to barely notice the drab, low-slung industrial building across the river from downtown. The corporate name on the sign out front had changed a few times over the years. Truck traffic in and out... Read More

Creator of Cognitive Exam That Trump Aced Demands New Training for Testers
Health
Creator of Cognitive Exam That Trump Aced Demands New Training for Testers

Last year, Dr. Ronny Jackson, then the White House physician, gave Donald Trump a standard test to detect early signs of dementia — and said the president had scored a perfect 30. “There is no indication whatsoever that he has... Read More

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