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

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

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

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

California’s Tightened Rules Pay Off Against Measles Health
California’s Tightened Rules Pay Off Against Measles

LOS ANGELES — Four years ago, a public health nightmare unfolded in California: A person with measles visited Disneyland during the holiday season, likely exposing thousands to the highly contagious disease. Over the next few weeks, more than 145 people... Read More

Wary of ‘Medicare for All,’ Democrats Seek Easier Paths to Universal Coverage Health
Wary of ‘Medicare for All,’ Democrats Seek Easier Paths to Universal Coverage

WASHINGTON — Wary of the political risks and practical difficulties of “Medicare for All” proposals that would move every American into a government health plan, Democrats increasingly are embracing more modest plans to use Medicare to expand insurance coverage. This... Read More

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

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

First US Supervised-Injection Site? Scientists Say It’s Operating Secretly, Somewhere Health
First US Supervised-Injection Site? Scientists Say It’s Operating Secretly, Somewhere

PHILADELPHIA — Even as advocates in U.S. cities have struggled to open supervised-injection sites to help stop fatal overdoses, a clandestine site has been operating somewhere in the country since 2014. Researchers studying the site, where people can inject drugs... Read More

Meth vs. Opioids: America Has Two Drug Epidemics, But Focuses on One Health
Meth vs. Opioids: America Has Two Drug Epidemics, But Focuses on One

SAN FRANCISCO — Kim had been wine tasting with a friend in Sonoma, Calif. They got into an argument in the car that night and Kim thought someone was following them. She was utterly convinced. And she had to get... Read More

Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green? Climate
Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

PORTLAND, Ore. — It was early morning in an operating theater at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. A middle-aged woman lay on the operating table, wrapped in blankets. Surgeons were about to cut out a cancerous growth in her stomach.... Read More

How Today’s Political Polarization Has Fueled the Measles Outbreak Health
How Today’s Political Polarization Has Fueled the Measles Outbreak

“Seizing our newborn infants, Blighting their lives with pain; Filling their veins with poison, Tainting each tender brain” So go the lyrics of the Anti-Compulsory Vaccination Hymn, circulated not by the modern-day anti-vaccine band the Refusers but by the Anti-Vaccination... Read More

Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks Health
Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of 2018, the Trump administration seemed to be marching briskly toward its goal of requiring able-bodied adults in Medicaid to prove they had jobs to participate in the public health plan for the poor. But... Read More

New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses Health
New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

WASHINGTON — It’s increasingly likely that someone you know has the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone in their pocket or medicine cabinet. In fact, a new mobile app, NaloxoFind, will tell you whether anyone nearby is carrying the lifesaving drug.... Read More

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

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

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