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2022-04-14 13:00:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Rep. Alma Adams Holds Forum on Black Maternal Health

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., hosted a forum on Wednesday on Black maternal health to highlight the efforts being... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., hosted a forum on Wednesday on Black maternal health to highlight the efforts being made to address reproductive issues in the U.S. for women of color. The forum aligns with Black Maternal Health Week... Read More

2022-04-13 15:04:51
by Alexa Hornbeck
Millions Could Lose Medicaid Coverage Following End of PHE

WASHINGTON — The federal COVID-19 public health emergency, first declared Jan. 27, 2020,  was set to expire on April 16.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The federal COVID-19 public health emergency, first declared Jan. 27, 2020,  was set to expire on April 16. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 public health emergency for 90 days. A number... Read More

2022-04-13 14:48:45
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Findings on Metabolic Syndrome Pave Way for Future Drug Development

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new study from researchers at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center provides evidence as to why people... Read More

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new study from researchers at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center provides evidence as to why people suffer from overnutrition and possible therapeutics that could be developed to treat metabolic syndrome. “I was always interested in body... Read More

2022-04-05 20:57:08
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Shows US Health Care System Poorly Serves Reproductive Age Women

WASHINGTON — The U.S. health care system does a poor job of serving women of reproductive age compared to 10... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. health care system does a poor job of serving women of reproductive age compared to 10 other wealthy countries, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. “Women use the health care system more than men do,”... Read More

2022-03-30 20:15:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
Credit Bureaus Make Changes to Lighten the Load of American Medical Debt

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs met Tuesday to explore how effective credit bureaus... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs met Tuesday to explore how effective credit bureaus will be in lightening the heavy load of medical debt many Americans are carrying.  “After increasing scrutiny and pressure, the... Read More

2022-03-24 13:03:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
Federal Funds Ramp Up to Support July Launch of 988 Crisis Line

The Biden administration is requesting $700 million to launch the new 988 line for those in a mental health crisis,... Read More

The Biden administration is requesting $700 million to launch the new 988 line for those in a mental health crisis, by July 16, 2022. “There’s a level of excitement because 988 is a chance to improve mental health care services... Read More

2022-03-17 13:53:13
by Alexa Hornbeck
VA Raises the Bar on Improving Veteran Health Services

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds... Read More

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds to modernize the VA infrastructure and allow registered nurses and physician assistants in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to... Read More

2022-03-16 15:53:03
by Alexa Hornbeck
Spending Bill Includes Over $6 Billion in Funds for Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the omnibus spending bill into law for fiscal year 2022 and included... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the omnibus spending bill into law for fiscal year 2022 and included in the package is $6.6 billion for funding health care initiatives through the Indian Health Service, an agency within the... Read More

2022-03-16 12:15:41
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Highlights Role of Misogynistic Extremism in Hot Yoga Shooting

WASHINGTON — On Nov. 2, 2018, Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old Florida State college student, was attending a hot yoga studio... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Nov. 2, 2018, Maura Binkley, a 21-year-old Florida State college student, was attending a hot yoga studio session in Tallahassee, Florida, when a 40-year-old man entered the studio with a gun and opened fire. The attacker killed... Read More

2022-03-10 15:22:48
by Alexa Hornbeck
Markey, Paul Aim to Get Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Into Pharmacies

WASHINGTON — Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., in February introduced a bill which would revise outdated regulations on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., in February introduced a bill which would revise outdated regulations on methadone treatment and allow any pharmacy to dispense methadone for treating opioid use disorders. The bill has since been referred... Read More

2022-03-03 14:12:31
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Issues Global Report on Health Care for Migrants and Refugees 

This week the World Health Organization held a webinar to discuss the launch of its second report on the Global... Read More

This week the World Health Organization held a webinar to discuss the launch of its second report on the Global Evidence Review on Health and Migration, which examines access to health care for migrants and refugees under current health policies... Read More

2022-03-03 00:45:04
by Dan McCue
Overdose Deaths Spiked During First Year of Pandemic

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Overdose deaths, most of them attributable to opioid abuse, surged in the first year of the coronavirus... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Overdose deaths, most of them attributable to opioid abuse, surged in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday. In the latest edition of its annual Drug Overdose... Read More

2022-03-02 16:48:12
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Announces Unity Agenda for Tackling America's Mental Health Crisis

WASHINGTON — During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Biden touched on how the pandemic has increased... Read More

WASHINGTON — During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Biden touched on how the pandemic has increased the mental health challenges Americans face, as disruptions in routines and relationships have led to increases in social isolation.  “Let’s... Read More

2022-02-23 18:37:09
by Alexa Hornbeck
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Mental Health Issues

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss efforts to address the mental health needs of Americans, particularly children, after data collected during the pandemic revealed sharp increases... Read More

2022-02-16 21:52:31
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Recommends Shorter Time Frames for Handling USDA Civil Rights Complaints

WASHINGTON — A report released by the Office of the Inspector General regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight of... Read More

WASHINGTON — A report released by the Office of the Inspector General regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight of civil rights complaints provides 21 recommendations that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights should take to try... Read More

2022-02-08 21:58:50
by Tom Ramstack
Surgeon General Advises Fast Action to Resolve Youth Mental Health Crisis

WASHINGTON — The U.S. surgeon general repeated his call to action Tuesday to resolve a mental health crisis among American... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. surgeon general repeated his call to action Tuesday to resolve a mental health crisis among American young people that has deepened during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told a Senate panel that more... Read More

2022-02-02 17:08:29
by Alexa Hornbeck
Momentum Builds for Federal Package to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis in Children

WASHINGTON — Claire Rhyneer, a mental health youth advocate from Anchorage, Alaska, was a student in middle school when she... Read More

WASHINGTON — Claire Rhyneer, a mental health youth advocate from Anchorage, Alaska, was a student in middle school when she began to experience a difficult and dark period of depression and self-harm.  “I’m more than an anecdote … I need... Read More

2022-01-26 17:50:35
by Alexa Hornbeck
Village Designed for People With Dementia Reforms Traditional Nursing Homes

WEESP, Netherlands — Thirty years ago, the Hogeweyk stood as a four-story tower operating as a traditional nursing home in... Read More

WEESP, Netherlands — Thirty years ago, the Hogeweyk stood as a four-story tower operating as a traditional nursing home in an industrial area about 17 miles outside of central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  “The way we delivered care back then,... Read More

2022-01-19 16:47:35
by Alexa Hornbeck
Return to Work Associated With Improved Mental Health in Cancer Survivors

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with... Read More

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with breast cancer improved the quality of her mental health.  “I went back to work and it helped. It took my... Read More

2022-01-05 22:44:15
by Dan McCue
VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and health care services for veterans who have been identified as being at a high risk for suicide. According to a... Read More

2022-01-04 20:16:07
by Dan McCue
Kilmer, Mace, Seek to Fund Tiny Homes to Tackle Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan initiative crafted by Reps. Nancy Mace and Derek Kilmer would provide much needed grant money to... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan initiative crafted by Reps. Nancy Mace and Derek Kilmer would provide much needed grant money to support the construction of tiny homes for homeless veterans. Six years after the Veterans Community Project started building tiny homes... Read More

2021-12-22 19:32:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Experts Discuss How Education Politics Can Impact Student Wellness

WASHINGTON — The Brookings Institution recently held an event with experts discussing the growing hostility of education politics due to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Brookings Institution recently held an event with experts discussing the growing hostility of education politics due to COVID-19 induced school closures, mask and vaccine mandates and how to protect the wellness of students in the new year. ... Read More

2021-12-21 20:37:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
Connecticut Rolls Out Family and Medical Leave Program

HARTFORD, Conn. — On Dec. 1, Connecticut began accepting applications from residents who want to participate in the state’s new... Read More

HARTFORD, Conn. — On Dec. 1, Connecticut began accepting applications from residents who want to participate in the state’s new paid family and medical leave program. Claims are being accepted for qualifying events that are happening on or after Jan.... Read More

2021-12-15 15:17:27
by Kate Michael
Scholars Say COVID Represents ‘Teachable Moment’ for Girls’ Education in Crisis

WASHINGTON — With the pandemic just one crisis affecting girls’ education globally, the Brookings Institution gathered a group of young... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the pandemic just one crisis affecting girls’ education globally, the Brookings Institution gathered a group of young scholars from around the world for a symposium to consider new ways to protect and promote the rights of women,... Read More

2021-12-08 16:46:05
by Alexa Hornbeck
Digital Health Companies Look to Improve Access to Culturally Competent Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the use of telehealth and now many digital health companies are seeking to revolutionize access... Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the use of telehealth and now many digital health companies are seeking to revolutionize access to care for communities of color.  “I saw all these different solutions popping up and wondered how I could fine... Read More

2021-12-02 13:39:56
by Alexa Hornbeck
Researchers Find That a Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Mood Disorders

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine completed a recent study on how blood biomarkers can help diagnose and... Read More

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine completed a recent study on how blood biomarkers can help diagnose and treat mood disorders. “The tests are now being made available to interested doctors through a company I co-founded, called MindX... Read More

2021-11-17 22:11:27
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Seeks Better Interventions To Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House panel heard one heartbreaking story after another about young people who placed themselves in harm’s way for their country only... Read More

2021-11-17 19:03:54
by Alexa Hornbeck
Health Officials Address What To Do If You Lose Your Vaccination Card

WASHINGTON —Many public health departments across the country are experiencing increasing calls from individuals who have lost their vaccination cards... Read More

WASHINGTON —Many public health departments across the country are experiencing increasing calls from individuals who have lost their vaccination cards and are seeking a replacement. "Our department receives, on average, 60 requests for replacement vaccination cards each week. This number... Read More

2021-11-10 19:01:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
White House Issues New Guidance for Combating Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON — The White House recently issued evidence-informed guidance for reducing the tragedy of veteran suicides, as 65,000 veterans have... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House recently issued evidence-informed guidance for reducing the tragedy of veteran suicides, as 65,000 veterans have died by suicide since 2010.  "Suicide among service members, veterans, and their families is a public health and national security... Read More

2021-11-10 18:59:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
How the Mission Act is Negatively Impacting Veteran Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy experts are finding that the legislation may actually be preventing access. “Veterans who need to go to [into] the community... Read More

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