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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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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

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