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This Memorial Day, Veterans Take on Another Threat: Rising Cancer Deaths in the Ranks Veterans
This Memorial Day, Veterans Take on Another Threat: Rising Cancer Deaths in the Ranks

WASHINGTON — On Memorial Day 2013, Coleen Bowman was a new widow. Her husband had died four months earlier and she wanted support to face that first military holiday of remembrance. So she registered for TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program... Read More

Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition Health
Bill to Protect Citizens from Surprise Medical Bills Unveiled by Bipartisan Coalition
2019-05-24 01:42:27
by Dan McCue

A bipartisan coalition of House members on Thursday released their outline of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation intended to protect patients from unfair and expensive surprise medical bills. “For too many middle-class families, receiving an unexpected... Read More

North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees State News
North Carolina Governor Orders Paid Parental Leave for State Employees
2019-05-24 01:39:15
by Dan McCue

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday permitting full-time state government employees to take up to eight weeks off after adopting or having a child. Executive Order 95 also provides 4 weeks of paid parental leave to... Read More

Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds Civil Rights
Majority of Voters Support A Woman’s Right to Choose, National Poll Finds
2019-05-22 19:17:10
by Dan McCue

A majority of American voters believe the U.S. Supreme Court was right in 1973 when it ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutionally-protected right to have an abortion, and most also believe the current generation of justices... Read More

Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding Veterans
Cunningham, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect VA Facilities Plagued by Flooding
2019-05-22 14:50:59
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., have introduced bipartisan legislation to address chronic flooding that places Veterans Affairs medical facilities at risk on a regular basis. The bill the representatives filed Tuesday, called the VA Community Infrastructure Act,... Read More

Fact Check: Trump’s Talk on Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match His Administration’s Actions Health
Fact Check: Trump’s Talk on Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match His Administration’s Actions

Delivering remarks on surprise medical billing, which is a concern that has drawn bipartisan interest, President Donald Trump waded into another high-profile health issue: making sure insurance protects people who have preexisting health conditions. “We will always protect patients with... Read More

New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans Health
New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans
2019-05-20 20:13:59
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation to improve primary care options for individuals with high-deductible health insurance plans. H.R. 2774, the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019,... Read More

Amid Opioid Crisis, Texas Becomes First State Where Life-Saving Drug Is Sold Online Health
Amid Opioid Crisis, Texas Becomes First State Where Life-Saving Drug Is Sold Online

DALLAS — With opioid-related deaths on the rise each year in the U.S., Texas has become the first state to offer a life-saving overdose drug online, freeing users of the stigma associated with drug use. Last week, Texas began offering... Read More

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

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

How Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare for All’ Muddy the Campaign Trail 2020 Elections
How Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare for All’ Muddy the Campaign Trail

The health care debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for “Medicare for All”? Or will they take up the push to protect the Affordable... Read More

As the Opioid Crisis Peaks, Meth and Cocaine Deaths Explode Health
As the Opioid Crisis Peaks, Meth and Cocaine Deaths Explode

WASHINGTON — Most states are keeping a close eye on opioid overdose deaths, but they may need to start focusing on cocaine and other stimulants as well. It turns out that the same lethal drug that has been driving the... Read More

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

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

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