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San Francisco Could Become the First US City to Eliminate New HIV Infections
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San Francisco Could Become the First US City to Eliminate New HIV Infections

  SAN FRANCISCO — In a different city, in a different decade, the news would have changed David’s life forever. Instead the graduate student, who dreams of some day acting and teaching, told himself one thing as he waited for... Read More

Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
Opioids
Congressional Delegation Secures New Hampshire Additional $11.9 Million in Opioid Funds
2019-03-30 00:16:11
by Dan McCue

New Hampshire will receive an additional $11.9 million to address the state's opioid crisis thanks to the willingness of the Granite State's congressional delegation to reach across the aisle and seek bipartisan support for the infusion of federal funding. New... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
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Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules In Blow to Administration
2019-03-29 23:36:03
by Tom Ramstack

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer as a condition of receiving subsidized health care. At least 15 states were planning their own work for health... Read More

Trump’s Group Health Plan Rules Struck Down as ACA ‘End-Run’
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Trump’s Group Health Plan Rules Struck Down as ACA ‘End-Run’

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat in Washington after a judge ruled the policy violates the Affordable Care Act. U.S. District Judge John Bates in... Read More

Democrats Look to Defend Health Care Law With Amendment to Disaster Aid Bill
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Democrats Look to Defend Health Care Law With Amendment to Disaster Aid Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Wednesday said Democrats would propose an amendment to a $13.45 billion disaster aid package that would block the Justice Department from carrying out President Donald Trump’s push for a court ruling... Read More

Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
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Blue Dogs Lead Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Increase Transparency
2019-03-27 23:13:45
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs and increase transparency in the drug pricing system. The coalition is a House caucus of moderate and fiscally responsible Democrats.... Read More

Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
Climate
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?
2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new bill, the Climate Action Now Act, aiming to hold the Trump administration to the United States' original commitments under the... Read More

New Rules Will Ease Patients’ Access to Electronic Medical Records, Senate Panel Says
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New Rules Will Ease Patients’ Access to Electronic Medical Records, Senate Panel Says

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate health committee on Tuesday backed new federal regulations to remove roadblocks patients can face in obtaining copies of their electronic medical records. “These proposed rules remove barriers and should make it easier for... Read More

Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
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Trump Administration Presses Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act
2019-03-26 23:55:37
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. In a letter filed in the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the Justice Department said it... Read More

State Policies Might Keep Stroke Patients From the Care They Need
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State Policies Might Keep Stroke Patients From the Care They Need

WASHINGTON — When Hollywood actor Luke Perry suffered what would be a fatal stroke last month, he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of only 178 hospitals in the country licensed to provide a key advanced... Read More

Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages
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Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages
2019-03-22 22:07:59
by Dan McCue

Last week, Representative Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., introduced The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which she and her bipartisan cosponsors say will take definitive steps toward reducing nationwide physician shortages, with an emphasis in rural areas. The bill... Read More

EPA Adviser Is Promoting Harmful Ideas, Scientists Say
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EPA Adviser Is Promoting Harmful Ideas, Scientists Say

The Trump administration’s reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Louis Anthony “Tony” Cox Jr., who leads a key Environmental Protection Agency advisory board on air pollution, is a “fringe”... Read More

Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says
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Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says

Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in “Fantastic Voyage”? That’s the fanciful 1966 sci-fi movie in which a tiny vessel... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
Veterans
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
2019-03-15 22:58:49
by TWN Staff

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R.1687). The bill would protect veterans' cannabis treatment options and their ability to be employed by the federal government.... Read More

Judge Vows to Rule on Medicaid Work Requirements by End of March
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Judge Vows to Rule on Medicaid Work Requirements by End of March

WASHINGTON — The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration’s renewed strategy to force enrollees to work. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky’s... Read More

Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores of Medical Devices
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Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores of Medical Devices

Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a Pittsburgh surgeon remove an appendix when something jarring happened. The surgical stapler meant to cut and seal the tissue around the appendix locked up. Kwazneski later turned to the Food and Drug Administration’s public... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Excise Tax On Middle-Class Health Benefits Introduced in Senate
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Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Excise Tax On Middle-Class Health Benefits Introduced in Senate
2019-03-09 00:19:00
by TWN Staff

This week, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act known as the “Cadillac Tax,” which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits. In... Read More

Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung
Kentucky
Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A coal company manager took part in cheating on tests designed to protect miners from contracting deadly black lung disease, a federal grand jury has charged. The grand jury issued a new indictment adding Glendal “Buddy” Hardison... Read More

Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced
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Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced

WASHINGTON — The increasingly powerful Democratic left sees a huge opening this year to promote Medicare for all in Congress. But they need to convince Rep. John Yarmuth, and that’s going to be tough. Read More

E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
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E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
2019-02-20 00:10:48
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission that personal health information of certain Facebook users who were participating in... Read More

Using Opioids to Treat Addiction Is Considered the Gold Standard
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Using Opioids to Treat Addiction Is Considered the Gold Standard

PHILADELPHIA — Doctors need no special training to prescribe the opioid pain pills widely blamed for fueling a national addiction crisis. But prescribing the medicine considered the gold standard for addiction treatment is another story entirely. Read More

Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts
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Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts

WASHINGTON — The 9/11 fund is running out of money, and will slash payments by at least half for growing numbers of people getting sick or dying from the toxins unleashed in the terror attacks of 2001, officials announced Friday. Read More

Move Over Measles, A Syphilis Epidemic Is Brewing
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Move Over Measles, A Syphilis Epidemic Is Brewing
2019-02-16 01:29:47
by Michael Cheng

Measles may not be the only medical outbreak individuals must cautiously avoid on the streets. Syphilis (Treponema pallidum), a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (STD), is making a comeback across the US. Furthermore, a congenital form of the infection is... Read More

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma
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Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON — In the legal battle to hold drug companies responsible for the country’s raging opioid epidemic, media attention largely has focused on a national lawsuit set for a late October trial in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

Even in Best-Case Scenario, Opioid Overdose Deaths Will Keep Rising Until 2022
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Even in Best-Case Scenario, Opioid Overdose Deaths Will Keep Rising Until 2022

In the nation’s opioid epidemic, the carnage is far from over. A new projection of opioid overdose death rates suggests that even if there is steady progress in reducing prescription narcotics abuse nationwide, the... Read More

What ‘Dope Sick’ Really Feels Like
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What ‘Dope Sick’ Really Feels Like

Detoxing off heroin or opioids without medication is sheer hell. I should know. For many users, full-blown withdrawal is often foreshadowed by a yawn, or perhaps a runny nose, a sore back, sensitive skin or a restless leg. Read More

Senators Murray, Murkowski Aim to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault
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Senators Murray, Murkowski Aim to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault
2019-02-08 20:51:25
by TWN Staff

This week, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), reintroduced the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help improve and... Read More

Trump Pledges to End HIV Transmission by 2030. It’s Doable, But Daunting
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Trump Pledges to End HIV Transmission by 2030. It’s Doable, But Daunting

Noting that science has “brought a once-distant dream within reach,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday night pledged to eliminate HIV transmission within 10 years. Read More

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Preserve Obamacare
2019-02-05 23:01:54
by Tom Ramstack

A decision last week by a federal judge in a Maryland lawsuit is expected to influence an appeal by other states that seek to protect their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The state of Maryland filed a... Read More

Judge Dismisses Maryland Suit to Preserve Affordable Care Act
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Judge Dismisses Maryland Suit to Preserve Affordable Care Act

BALTIMORE — A federal judge on Friday dismissed Maryland’s attempt to protect the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” from any Trump administration efforts to dismantle it. Read More

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