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California Extends Health Benefits To Adult Undocumented Immigrants
State News
California Extends Health Benefits To Adult Undocumented Immigrants
2019-07-11 10:30:54
by Dan McCue

When California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law this week, he also extended health care coverage to low-income, undocumented young adults through the state's Medicaid program. Since 2016, California has allowed children under 18 to receive taxpayer-backed... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Appears Skeptical of Obamacare, Putting Future of Law in Doubt
Health
Federal Appeals Court Appears Skeptical of Obamacare, Putting Future of Law in Doubt

NEW ORLEANS — A panel of federal judges in New Orleans sharply questioned attorneys defending the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, increasing the chances that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may throw out at least part of the... Read More

Meth in the Morning, Heroin at Night: Inside the Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction
Health
Meth in the Morning, Heroin at Night: Inside the Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction

SAN FRANCISCO — In the 25 years since she snorted her first line of meth at a club in San Francisco, Kim has redefined “normal” so many times. At first, she said, it seemed like meth brought her back to... Read More

Trump Officials Tell One Court Obamacare Is Failing and Another It’s Thriving
Health
Trump Officials Tell One Court Obamacare Is Failing and Another It’s Thriving

WASHINGTON — As they push a federal court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump administration lawyers are arguing the law is no longer workable because Congress eliminated a penalty on people who don’t have health insurance. But for months,... Read More

In Court, It’s Red Texas vs. Blue California in the Battle Over Obamacare
Health
In Court, It’s Red Texas vs. Blue California in the Battle Over Obamacare

AUSTIN, Texas — A lawyer for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will be in a federal courtroom Tuesday asking three appellate judges to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, and this time it will be with the full support of... Read More

Ruling That Threatened Funding for Planned Parenthood Will Be Reheard by Appeals Court
Health
Ruling That Threatened Funding for Planned Parenthood Will Be Reheard by Appeals Court

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that it will reconsider last month’s ruling that allowed the Trump administration to withhold family planning money from clinics that make referrals for abortion. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... Read More

Health Care Issues Pivotal in Kentucky Governor’s Race
Health
Health Care Issues Pivotal in Kentucky Governor’s Race

WASHINGTON — Health care is emerging as a prime contrast between candidates in the Kentucky gubernatorial race this fall, where Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear are locked in a heated battle. A number... Read More

New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
Veterans
New Legislation Will Make It Easier For Veterans In Crisis To Get Help
2019-07-02 20:12:16
by Sean Trambley

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across the United States, and suicide rates are nearly two times higher for veterans than for non-veteran adults.  These tragic statistics... Read More

House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
Energy
House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
2019-07-02 19:23:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a new bill that would severely restrict uranium mining. Democrats... Read More

Treasury Department Aims to Make it Easier to Buy Single-Serve Wine
Economy
Treasury Department Aims to Make it Easier to Buy Single-Serve Wine
2019-07-01 20:49:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department, responding to an explosion in the sale of wine in cans and single-serve bottles, is seeking public comment of eliminating all but the minimum "stand of fill" for wine containers. In a Federal Register notice... Read More

5 Things Found in the FDA’s Hidden Device Database
Health
5 Things Found in the FDA’s Hidden Device Database

After two decades of keeping the public in the dark about millions of medical device malfunctions and injuries, the Food and Drug Administration has published the once hidden database online, revealing 5.7 million incidents publicly for the first time. The... Read More

Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
Health
Legislation Gives Feds New Tools to Target Chinese and Foreign Fentanyl Traffickers
2019-06-28 20:53:06
by Sean Trambley

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, promises to put more teeth in efforts to curb the activities of Chinese and other traffickers of Fentanyl and... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
Civil Rights
Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
2019-06-28 20:35:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Alabama's ban on second-trimester abortions, the justices announcing Friday they are content to have lower court orders blocking the law to remain in place. Though Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall regularly... Read More

Can Congress Defund Obamacare?  SCOTUS Will Decide
In The News
Can Congress Defund Obamacare? SCOTUS Will Decide
2019-06-25 20:45:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It just might be the liveliest few minutes of the day in the Supreme Court press room. Quietly getting up from their desks, the 20 or so reporters who call the high court beat home on a daily... Read More

How Measles Detectives Work to Contain an Outbreak
Health
How Measles Detectives Work to Contain an Outbreak

On any given day, more than 4,000 people pass through the library at California State University, Los Angeles. On April 11, one of them had measles. The building has only one entrance, which means that anyone who entered or exited... Read More

Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics on Streets of San Francisco
Health
Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics on Streets of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The man was out of his wheelchair and lay flat on his back just off San Francisco’s Market Street, waiting for the hypodermic needle to pierce his skin and that familiar euphoric feeling to wash over him.... Read More

EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution
Environment
EPA Rolls Back Obama-era Rules Meant to Rein In Power Plant Pollution
2019-06-19 21:31:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday replaced Obama-era rules intended to tamp down on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants with new regulations that allow states to decide whether such steps are needed. The new rule will go... Read More

Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
Climate
Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
2019-06-18 20:45:00
by Elin Johnson

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been... Read More

12 Million Pills and 700 Deaths: How a Few Pill Mills Helped Fan the US Opioid Inferno
Opioids
12 Million Pills and 700 Deaths: How a Few Pill Mills Helped Fan the US Opioid Inferno

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Soon after he took over as medical director of the Urgent Care & Surgery Center in eastern Tennessee in 2012, Dr. Marc Valley realized he was supervising illegal drug dealers in lab coats. Platoons of patients socialized... Read More

DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
Civil Rights
DC Circuit Rejects Trump Policy of Blocking Abortions for Undocumented Teens
2019-06-14 18:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Trump administration's policy of blocking abortions sought by undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody cannot "be squared with Supreme Court precedent." In 2017, the Trump administration adopted a... Read More

Trump Administration Rule Would Undo Health Care Protections for LGBTQ Patients
Health
Trump Administration Rule Would Undo Health Care Protections for LGBTQ Patients

A new Trump administration proposal would change the civil rights rules dictating whether providers must care for patients who are transgender or have had an abortion. Supporters of the approach say it protects the freedom of conscience, but opponents say... Read More

Does This Vaccine Bill Go Too Far? Concerned Families Say They’ll Leave California If It Passes
California
Does This Vaccine Bill Go Too Far? Concerned Families Say They’ll Leave California If It Passes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Orange County mom Michelle Sabino says her daughter experienced 16 seizures in two months after she was vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough when she was a baby. She’d never considered that vaccines could be dangerous.... Read More

Missouri’s Sole Abortion Provider Can Stay Open for Now, Judge Rules
Health
Missouri’s Sole Abortion Provider Can Stay Open for Now, Judge Rules

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A St. Louis judge has ordered that Missouri’s sole outpatient abortion provider — the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis — be allowed to keep its doors open for now. However, in his order granting a... Read More

North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
State News
North Carolina's GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of Abortion Bill
2019-06-07 21:00:23
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's Republican-led House on Thursday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that would require doctors to try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an attempted abortion. To override Cooper's veto... Read More

Analysis: Why Alexa’s Bedside Manner Is Bad for Health Care
Health
Analysis: Why Alexa’s Bedside Manner Is Bad for Health Care

Amazon has opened a new health care frontier: Now Alexa can be used to transmit patient data. Using this new feature — which Amazon labeled as a “skill” — a company named Livongo will allow diabetes patients — which it... Read More

Robin Hood to Rescue of Rural Hospitals? New Math Promised on Medicare Payments
Health
Robin Hood to Rescue of Rural Hospitals? New Math Promised on Medicare Payments

As rural hospital closures roil the country, some states are banking on a Trump administration proposal to change the way hospital payments are calculated to rescue them. The goal of the proposal, unveiled by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read More

Trump Administration Imposes New Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research
Science
Trump Administration Imposes New Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research
2019-06-05 21:21:47
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will sharply reduce the amount of federal money supporting medical research that relies on tissue from aborted fetuses, handing a significant victory to anti-abortion groups who had lobbied for such a decision for... Read More

Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate
Georgia
Georgia House Races Could Be Ground Zero for Abortion Debate

WASHINGTON — The sponsor of Georgia’s so-called heartbeat law is launching a congressional bid this week, which is likely to keep the abortion debate alive in a crucial state for both parties up and down the ballot in 2020. State... Read More

Unions, States Confront Trump Administration Home Care Worker Rule
Health
Unions, States Confront Trump Administration Home Care Worker Rule

WASHINGTON — Public-sector unions, struck last year by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended their ability to charge non-members fees, suffered another blow this month when the Trump administration blocked hundreds of thousands of Medicaid-funded home health aides from... Read More

Poll Finds Americans Say Health Care Costs Their Most Pressing Financial Problem
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Americans Say Health Care Costs Their Most Pressing Financial Problem
2019-05-31 19:25:41
by Dan McCue

Americans are more likely to name healthcare costs than any other issue when asked to say what is the most important financial problem facing their family, a recent Gallup poll found. In a survey conducted April 17-30, 17 percent of... Read More

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