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How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

VA ends hospital star-ratings program

December 20, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) this month discontinued its star-ratings system in an effort to better enable veterans seeking care to compare both VA and non-VA health care facilities.

Navajo Nation plans to create 'one-of-a-kind' Medicaid program in New Mexico

December 20, 2019


The Navajo Nation recently announced plans to contract with Molina Healthcare to create a managed-health care offering under New Mexico's Medicaid program—a move that would make the tribe one of the first to create a managed-health care entity.

Fewer teens are drinking, smoking, or using hard drugs. (But there's bad news, too.)

December 19, 2019


Fewer teenagers in 2019 reported drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and trying hard drugs, according to recent federal survey data—but the research also revealed some troubling trends.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 17, 2019


Between 2.6 million and 3.7 million people have contracted influenza so far this season, according to CDC data updated Friday.

Are hair dyes, straighteners harmful? New study shows link to breast cancer among women.

December 11, 2019


Women who use permanent hair dye or chemically straighten their hair might be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer—but cancer researchers are cautioning that the findings do not show causation and should be viewed in the appropriate context.

Appeals courts lift injunctions on Trump admin's 'public charge' rule—but the policy remains blocked nationwide

December 11, 2019


Two federal appeals courts have lifted lower court injunctions blocking a final rule that would allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications, but separate injunctions blocking the rule nationwide remain in effect.

SCOTUS rejects case on Kentucky abortion requirements, leaving law in place

December 11, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a Kentucky law that requires physicians to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortion care, meaning a lower court's ruling upholding the law remains in place.

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