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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
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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
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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
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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

Planned Parenthood Asks St. Louis Judge to Keep Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Open
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Planned Parenthood Asks St. Louis Judge to Keep Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Open

ST. LOUIS — The future of Missouri’s only abortion clinic was in the hands of a St. Louis Circuit judge Thursday after attorneys for Planned Parenthood asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent its state license from expiring at... Read More

Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
State News
Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
2019-05-30 20:44:28
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will sign a strict new abortion law barring the procedure once a heartbeat is detectable -- a point that comes before many women realize they are pregnant. In a written statement,... Read More

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