Health

2019-09-20 21:57:02
by Sean Trambley
Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that... Read More

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national... Read More

2019-09-17 21:02:23
by Sean Trambley
Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for... Read More

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for women at the VA’s healthcare call center. Brindisi’s legislation, H.R. 2972, would statutorily require the Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Call... Read More

2019-09-17 20:03:48
by Dan McCue
List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected... Read More

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected to rise as a Defense Department task force continues to assess the problem, the Pentagon said last week. During a... Read More

2019-09-10 21:10:23
by Dan McCue
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed a pair of bills intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act... Read More

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

2019-08-27 20:59:20
by Dan McCue
Rep. Murphy Announces Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis in Central Florida

WASHINGTON - Representative Stephanie Murphy announced the University of Central Florida will receive $494,412 from the U.S. Department of Health... Read More

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

2019-08-27 20:52:11
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks, one of the most restrictive... Read More

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

2019-08-27 20:46:49
by Dan McCue
Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa, is expected to mount a full-court, bipartisan press to see that... Read More

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

2019-08-23 19:18:05
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Undergoes More Cancer Treatment

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed three weeks of radiation treatment for a cancerous tumor discovered... Read More

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed three weeks of radiation treatment for a cancerous tumor discovered on her pancreas in July, the Supreme Court announced Friday. According to the statement, the tumor was discovered after a... Read More

2019-08-20 12:43:11
by Dan McCue
Majority Of Large Employers Have Concerns About 'Medicare For All' Proposals, Survey Finds

WASHINGTON - A majority of large employers believe the Medicare for all proposals being touted by some White House aspirants... Read More

WASHINGTON - A majority of large employers believe the Medicare for all proposals being touted by some White House aspirants would lower the number of uninsured in the United States, but at a cost of higher taxes and a decline... Read More

2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages... Read More

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue
Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to... Read More

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

2019-08-13 21:50:38
by Sean Trambley
Wexton Seeks to Restore Autonomy, Dignity to Nursing Home Residents on Medicaid

In July, freshman Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., introduced the Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act to improve the financial security of... Read More

In July, freshman Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., introduced the Personal Needs Allowance Modernization Act to improve the financial security of Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing facilities.  Currently, Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for nursing care must contribute almost their entire... Read More

2019-08-10 00:05:14
by Dan McCue
Future Forum's Underwood, Kennedy Discuss Mental Health Challenges of Young Americans

U.S. Representatives Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., hosted a forum in Yorkville, Ill. This week to discuss... Read More

U.S. Representatives Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., hosted a forum in Yorkville, Ill. This week to discuss challenges young Americans face with mental health.  Underwood and Kennedy are members of Future Forum, an influential group of young... Read More

2019-08-09 23:10:03
by Dan McCue
'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read More

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced South Carolina led the nation in drunk driving fatalities, with 44% of all auto accident deaths involving at least... Read More

2019-08-05 21:46:54
by Dan McCue
Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Waldwick, New Jersey with Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton to discuss... Read More

Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Waldwick, New Jersey with Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton to discuss how local communities are addressing the opioid crisis and substance abuse in general. Deaths from drug overdoses in New Jersey... Read More

2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that... Read More

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

2019-07-30 18:49:27
by Leah Lizarondo
A Tech-Driven Approach to End Hunger and Food Waste

Nearly each day reports chronicle the catastrophic ramifications of climate change, as well as the effects of poverty and hunger... Read More

Nearly each day reports chronicle the catastrophic ramifications of climate change, as well as the effects of poverty and hunger on growing children. The National Institutes of Health just released a study explaining that eating an unprocessed diet triggers an... Read More

2019-07-26 22:05:59
by Dan McCue
Democratic Governors Go On Offensive Over Health Care Access

Clearly concerned about what will happen if a federal appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning the Affordable Care... Read More

Clearly concerned about what will happen if a federal appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act, Democrats at the National Governors Association summer meeting said Thursday that rolling back the health care law would be... Read More

2019-07-25 21:46:52
by Dan McCue
Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by... Read More

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by FEMA for states to fund projects that reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. “Helping communities prepare for disasters... Read More

2019-07-19 21:56:07
by Sean Trambley
McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families... Read More

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families who are experiencing financial hardship. Introduced in May, the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, H.R. 2938,... Read More

2019-07-17 20:33:50
by Dan McCue
New Dems Urge House Leadership to Move Bipartisan Drug Pricing Bills

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Democrat Coalition's Healthcare Task Force asked the House leadership on Wednesday to hold a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Democrat Coalition's Healthcare Task Force asked the House leadership on Wednesday to hold a floor vote on drug pricing bills with bipartisan support as early as next week. The request was made in a... Read More

2019-07-12 19:42:36
by Dan McCue
House Overwhelmingly Approves 9/11 Victims Bill

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday ensuring that a victims compensation fund for first responders to the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Friday ensuring that a victims compensation fund for first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Following the 402-12 vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the... Read More

2019-07-11 21:19:25
by Elin Johnson
Levin, Pappas Press VA Over Return of Erroneous Loan Fees Charged To Vets

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** Representatives Mike Levin, D-Calif., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H., are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie... Read More

2019-07-11 20:12:03
by Elin Johnson
‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - A bill sponsored by freshman Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., to provide funding... Read More

2019-07-11 19:05:30
by Elin Johnson
New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to... Read More

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to medical marijuana, ensure the health benefits and compensation to 9/11 responders, and prohibit utilities from cutting the power off on... Read More

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

When California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law this week, he also extended health care coverage to... Read More

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

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

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans and military members die by suicide every day across... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States.... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department, responding to an explosion in the sale of wine in cans and single-serve bottles, is... Read More

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

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

As the opioid crisis continues to devastate families and communities across the country, a new bipartisan bill, the Fentanyl Sanctions... Read More

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

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