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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

The First Step Act Set to Unshackle Women in the Prison System
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The First Step Act Set to Unshackle Women in the Prison System
2019-01-30 00:20:06
by Maria Volkova

A number of provisions in the First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump last month, are going to make the lives of federally incarcerated females a little less burdensome. The bill, which passed through the... Read More

Furloughed Federal Workers’ Health Coverage Intact
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Furloughed Federal Workers’ Health Coverage Intact

Joseph Daskalakis’ son was born New Year’s Eve, a little more than a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected. Oliver ended up in a specialized neonatal intensive care unit, the only one ... Read More

Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis
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Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis
2019-01-16 01:23:07
by Bill Myers

Most epidemics start with a patient zero. Here in northwest Illinois, the opioid epidemic features a doctor zero. About 10 miles west of Dixon, up Route 2 and following the Rock River, under the shadow cast by the husk... Read More

Health Law Appeal Paused as Shutdown Affects Federal Courts
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Health Law Appeal Paused as Shutdown Affects Federal Courts

The partial government shutdown halted a major challenge to the 2010 health care law among other civil litigation on Friday, as Justice Department lawyers sought the same in a challenge from three Senate Democrats... Read More

A Failed State, How Illinois' Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis
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A Failed State, How Illinois' Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis
2019-01-09 01:51:50
by Bill Myers

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of their drug problem. It became a war of attrition — and the opioids won. A few years ago, Lee County authorities ... Read More

The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs
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The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs
2019-01-02 00:11:38
by Bill Myers

Opioids have overwhelmed rural Illinois. Desperate, the cops in Ronald Reagan’s hometown have stopped arresting people and started getting them help. In an exclusive series, The Well News looks at “Safe Passage,” a... Read More

After Years of Assailing 'Obamacare,' Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout
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After Years of Assailing 'Obamacare,' Some Republicans Now Fear the Political Fallout

Republicans in Congress, fresh off an election that punished their party for opposing health care protections... Read More

After Years Underground, A Kentucky Coal Miner With Black Lung Faces the Future
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After Years Underground, A Kentucky Coal Miner With Black Lung Faces the Future

When Danny Fouts was a young man, his daddy warned him about the dangers of working long hours in the mines. “You’ll end up killing yourself for nothing, just to make other men rich,” Vernon chided his son when ... Read More

AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?
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AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?

Josh Hawley is in a bind as he enters the U.S. Senate and has to deal with fixing the nation’s health care system. The Missouri Republican was one of the state attorneys general to sign on to a ... Read More

CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US
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CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US
2018-12-18 22:40:11
by TWN Staff

Rx Drug Spending Slowest Growing Component of 2017 Health Care Expenses. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 National Health Expenditure (NHE) data, detailing the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States... Read More

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone
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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance... Read More

Texas Judge’s Ruling That Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional Could Leave the Law Fatally Wounded — or Even Stronger
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Texas Judge’s Ruling That Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional Could Leave the Law Fatally Wounded — or Even Stronger

More than 130 million Americans woke up Saturday morning to the news that their health care coverage has been thrown into doubt. That’s because, late Friday night, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act — including its ... Read More

After Court Ruling, Crusade Against Obamacare Becomes Unshakable Liability for GOP
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After Court Ruling, Crusade Against Obamacare Becomes Unshakable Liability for GOP

Dismantling Obamacare has been a top GOP priority for eight years, but a fresh court victory that resurrects the prospect of wiping the law off the books is fast becoming a political albatross for Republicans. Read More

Fentanyl Is the Most Deadly Drug in America, CDC Confirms
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Fentanyl Is the Most Deadly Drug in America, CDC Confirms

It’s official: Fentanyl now ranks as the most deadly drug in America, health officials said Wednesday. The synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times more powerful than heroin was responsible for 18,335 overdose deaths in 2016, more than any other drug... Read More

Johns Hopkins Promised to Elevate All Children’s Heart Institute. Then Patients Started to Die at an Alarming Rate
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Johns Hopkins Promised to Elevate All Children’s Heart Institute. Then Patients Started to Die at an Alarming Rate

Sandra Vazquez paced the heart unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Her 5-month-old son, Sebastian Vixtha, lay unconscious in his hospital crib, breathing faintly through a tube. Two surgeries to fix his heart had failed... Read More

Short on Federal Funding, Health Insurance Enrollment Navigators Switch Tactics
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Short on Federal Funding, Health Insurance Enrollment Navigators Switch Tactics

Enrollment is down sharply on the federal health insurance marketplace this fall, and the consumer groups that help with registrations think they know why. They don’t have the staff to help as many customers as before... Read More

Fewer People Signing Up for Affordable Care Act as Trump Pushes Other Options
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Fewer People Signing Up for Affordable Care Act as Trump Pushes Other Options

The market for “Obamacare” plans is shrinking but not collapsing, two years after President Donald Trump said not repealing the program would “destroy American health care forever.” More than halfway through the... Read More

In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up for 2019
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In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up for 2019

In recent years, places such as Memphis and Phoenix had withered into health insurance wastelands as insurers fled and premiums skyrocketed in the insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Kentucky Gov. Bevin Plans to Move Ahead With Medicaid Changes, But Another Court Battle Is Likely
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Kentucky Gov. Bevin Plans to Move Ahead With Medicaid Changes, But Another Court Battle Is Likely

Kentucky now has federal approval to try again next April with a plan imposing 80-hour-a-month work requirements, premiums and monthly check-ins on several hundred thousand able-bodied adults enrolled in its $9.7 billion-a-year Medicaid program... Read More

HIV Drugs May Help Alzheimer’s, Says Study Proposing an Undiscovered Root Cause
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HIV Drugs May Help Alzheimer’s, Says Study Proposing an Undiscovered Root Cause

A major new study on Alzheimer’s disease provides previously unknown evidence of how the brain-robbing illness may originate. Moreover, it proposes that certain HIV drugs called reverse transcriptase inhibitors could immediately... Read More

Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas
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Too Few Doctors and Nurses for Veterans in Some Areas

As the nation prepares to honor its veterans Nov. 12, many veterans in rural areas and some cities still face long wait times for health care because there aren’t enough doctors, nurses and support staff to provide it. Almost... Read More

House Dems in New Seats of Power Will Steer Health Policy, Attack Drug Prices
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House Dems in New Seats of Power Will Steer Health Policy, Attack Drug Prices

For the first time since passing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats will soon control the House of Representatives and its powerful health committees. But Republicans’ tightened grip on the Senate means those hoping for... Read More

A Poliolike Illness Is on the Rise Again. But Why?
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A Poliolike Illness Is on the Rise Again. But Why?

At first, it seemed like just a bad cold, with a fever that came and went. Then one day, when Scarlett Camburn woke from her nap, the Havertown, Pa., toddler was unable to move her right arm. Panicked, parents Andrea ... Read More

Long Stigmatized, Methadone Clinics Multiply in Some States
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Long Stigmatized, Methadone Clinics Multiply in Some States

While Congress and the Trump administration were promoting greater use of the addiction medication buprenorphine to quell the opioid epidemic, a handful of states were licensing new methadone clinics in dozens of the... Read More

Hospital Record-Keeping Stumped by Daylight Saving Time
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Hospital Record-Keeping Stumped by Daylight Saving Time

Modern technology has helped medical professionals do robot-assisted surgeries and sequence genomes, but hospital software still can’t handle Daylight Saving Time. One of the most popular electronic health records software... Read More

New Poll Finds Voters Deeply Frustrated by Health Costs, Transparency
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New Poll Finds Voters Deeply Frustrated by Health Costs, Transparency
2018-10-30 22:48:38
by TWN Staff

In the final stretch before Election Day, a new survey by Ipsos and Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) found that voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. Health care consistently factors into... Read More

In Brief Moment of Bipartisanship, Trump Sign Opioid Bill
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In Brief Moment of Bipartisanship, Trump Sign Opioid Bill
2018-10-26 21:30:07
by TWN Staff

As Members of Congress continue to battle it out with just a little over a week to go before the midterm elections, a rare moment of bipartisan accomplishment back in Washington. President Trump signed into law H.R.6, the... Read More

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