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With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs
Health
With Encouragement From Trump, States Move Forward on Importing Drugs

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Wednesday announced plans that would pave the way for Americans to begin purchasing lower priced prescription drugs imported from Canada. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar described two ways in which the administration proposes... Read More

By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict
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By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict

A tidal wave of fat, and the ailments that come with it, now appears virtually inevitable in the United States. New research finds that by 2030, nearly half of American adults — 49.2% to be exact — will be obese.... Read More

What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?
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What Would Happen If the Affordable Care Act Went Away?

Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
2019-12-17 16:06:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court
Supreme Court
‘Obamacare’ Insurers May Win a $12 Billion Claim in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a sympathetic hearing Tuesday to health insurers who were promised their losses would be covered if they expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, only to have the Republican-controlled Congress later refuse to pay.... Read More

How Germany Averted an Opioid Crisis
Opioids
How Germany Averted an Opioid Crisis

HAMBURG, Germany — In 2016, 10 times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Three times as many Americans as Germans experienced opioid addiction. Even as the rates of addiction in the U.S.... Read More

‘Obamacare’ Back at Supreme Court, With Billions for Insurers on the Line
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‘Obamacare’ Back at Supreme Court, With Billions for Insurers on the Line

WASHINGTON — More than $12 billion is at stake for the nation’s health insurers Tuesday when the Supreme Court hears another Affordable Care Act case. For the federal government, the potential damages could be far greater, as its reputation as... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Law
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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘Informed Consent’ Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn’t want to listen.... Read More

Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
Congress
Deal Banning Surprise Medical Bills Also Ups Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

WASHINGTON — Key House and Senate committee leaders announced a bipartisan agreement Sunday on draft legislation to prohibit surprise medical bills and raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. The agreement raises the odds of Congress clearing measures... Read More

More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School
Medicaid
More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School

WASHINGTON — A mountain of evidence proves it: Good health translates to better student performance. Children who have high blood pressure or are obese perform worse academically than others. Children with asthma miss far more school. Students who have healthy... Read More

Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute
Veterans
Dept. of Veteran Affairs Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute
2019-12-05 17:09:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a National Artificial  Intelligence Institute in an effort to further advance the health and well-being of veterans. In a statement, the department said the new Institute will incorporate input from veterans... Read More

Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
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Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
2019-12-04 22:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joined with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Annie Kuster, D-N.H., to re-introduce the Road to Recovery Act, a bill that would improve addiction treatment options under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Specifically,... Read More

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