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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
Pakistan
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
Mexico
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

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

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