Health

2019-05-17 21:23:03
by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Push to Hold China Accountable for Illicit Fentanyl Shipments

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the... Read More

The Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2483, also known as the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which aims to pressure the Chinese government to honor its commitment to make all forms of fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more... Read More

2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in... Read More

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

2019-05-16 21:40:06
by Dan McCue
House Passes Luria Sponsored Bill to Extend Agent Orange Exposure Benefits to Navy Vets

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era... Read More

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday co-sponsored by Representative Elaine Luria to extend disability benefits to Vietnam-era Navy veterans who have fought for years to prove they were exposed to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange. Luria, a... Read More

2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act... Read More

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial... Read More

2019-05-13 21:56:07
by Dan McCue
New York on Track to End Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions by 2020

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation last week adopted the final elements of a regulatory regime intended to end... Read More

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation last week adopted the final elements of a regulatory regime intended to end carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants in the state by the end of 2020. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced... Read More

2019-05-03 20:05:34
by Sean Trambley
New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices

New legislation in the California state house is seeking to end surprise hospital bills that catch unwitting patients with expensive... Read More

New legislation in the California state house is seeking to end surprise hospital bills that catch unwitting patients with expensive out-of-network insurance costs for emergency care. Earlier this year, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reported on San Francisco woman Nina Dang and... Read More

2019-05-03 14:58:37
by Tom Ramstack
Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction in cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste. Some lawmakers were reacting to a Government Accountability Office report released this week... Read More

2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable... Read More

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

2019-04-23 21:14:17
by Tom Ramstack
US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana... Read More

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana industry. U.S. District Judge William Martinez, an Obama appointee who presides in Colorado, ruled that cannabinoid formulations can be considered... Read More

2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to... Read More

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

2019-04-11 12:16:33
by Dan McCue
Congress Passes Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent... Read More

Bipartisan legislation enacting a long sought after drought plan for seven states in the Colorado River basin has been sent to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Representative Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., fast-tracked passage... Read More

2019-04-10 13:01:22
by Tom Ramstack
Some Congressmen Want to Halt Appalachian Mountaintop Coal Mining

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Residents of Appalachian states warned about severe health and environmental consequences from renewed mountaintop coal mining during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Lawmakers called the hearing to address concerns raised by Trump administration policies to loosen environmental restrictions on... Read More

2019-04-02 23:47:05
by Sean Trambley
House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement

A robust and important health policy discussion occurred on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of aisle appearing... Read More

A robust and important health policy discussion occurred on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of aisle appearing to reach a rare consensus on the problems of countless Americans who have been surprised with expensive out-of-network medical bills.... Read More

It Is Time We Come Together to Put Patients First

Envision Healthcare is a national physician-led organization of clinical professionals who work alongside hospitals, health systems and insurance companies. A... Read More

Envision Healthcare is a national physician-led organization of clinical professionals who work alongside hospitals, health systems and insurance companies. A leading national provider of emergency medicine services across the United States, Envision's emergency medicine and hospital medicine clinicians treated more... Read More

2019-04-02 21:02:09
by Dan McCue
Trump Backtracks on GOP Health Plan Push Before Election

President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday night on his renewed push for a Republican health care plan to replace... Read More

President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack Monday night on his renewed push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Taking a break from lambasting congressional Democrats via Twitter for their demands to see Special Counsel... Read More

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

New Hampshire will receive an additional $11.9 million to address the state's opioid crisis thanks to the willingness of the... Read More

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

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

A federal judge this week struck down a Trump administration plan that could have required Medicaid recipients to work or... Read More

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

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

The Blue Dog Coalition on Wednesday threw its support behind two bipartisan bills that aim to lower prescription drug costs... Read More

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

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

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new... Read More

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

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

The Trump administration told a federal appeals court Monday night that it believes the entire Affordable Care Act should be... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

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

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

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

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a... Read More

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

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

Measles may not be the only medical outbreak individuals must cautiously avoid on the streets. Syphilis (Treponema pallidum), a highly... Read More

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

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

This week, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator... Read More

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

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

A decision last week by a federal judge in a Maryland lawsuit is expected to influence an appeal by other... Read More

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

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

A number of provisions in the First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump last month, are going to ... Read More

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

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

Most epidemics start with a patient zero. Here in northwest Illinois, the opioid epidemic features a doctor zero. About 10 miles ... Read More

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

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

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of ... Read More

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

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