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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Column: Medicaid work requirements cost millions, achieve nothing -- and may be illegal 15.10.2019 LA Times: Health

The latest bad news for Medicaid work requirement: They are a failure in policy terms (unless the policy goal is to throw people off Medicaid).

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Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor 14.10.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved.
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Another EPA risk evaluation grossly understates risks, this time of 1-bromopropane 13.10.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. On Friday EDF filed detailed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) critical of its draft risk evaluation for the carcinogenic solvent, 1-bromopropane (or 1-BP).  As was the case with 1,4-dioxane, EPA has grossly understated the risks from exposure to this chemical, for both cancer and non-cancer health […]
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Fertility options for cancer patients must be covered under new California law 13.10.2019 LA Times: Health

Senate Bill 600 by state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) declares that fertility preservation treatments are a basic healthcare service and required coverage by insurance plans.

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Full Coverage: The Times' investigation into how companies that harvest body parts upend death investigations 12.10.2019 LA Times: Business

Companies that harvest human organs, bones and other parts have moved into government morgues across the country to gain access to more bodies.

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Heads up: A ruling on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act is coming 12.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The health law again faces possible legal evisceration with a court ruling in Texas v. Azar anticipated this fall. Here's what it's about and what's stake.
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Don't force patients off opioids abruptly, new guidelines say, warning of severe risks 11.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Researchers say chronic pain patients can feel suicidal or risk overdose when taken off medication too quickly. The warnings seek to course-correct after doctors felt pressured to taper drugs rapidly.
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California's new transparency law shows staggering rise in wholesale drug prices 11.10.2019 LA Times: Business

Pharmaceutical companies raised the wholesale cost of their drugs by a median of nearly 26% from 2017 to early 2019, according to a California report.

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Why U.S. cities like Minneapolis are banning new fast-food drive-thrus 10.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Most of the bans aim to curb emissions and protect pedestrians. The bans are also sometimes touted as a way to help fight obesity, but past studies suggest they don't have that effect.
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In waning days as governor, Hickenlooper pitched plan to tackle youth vaping. Polis and lawmakers took a different approach. 10.10.2019 Denver Post: All Political News
A Denver Post review of more than 1,700 pages of emails and documents from the health department, obtained through the Colorado Open Records Act, shows the goal of the executive order was to “build momentum” for comprehensive tobacco-related measures in the state, with the purpose of reducing youth vaping and tobacco use among the broader public.
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Letters to the Editor: Homelessness is a mental health issue. State law isn't helping 10.10.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Most homeless people suffer from mental illness or substance abuse, studies show. In response, state law needs to change.

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Los Angeles could ban all e-cigarettes and vaping devices 9.10.2019 LA Times: Health

A proposal would prohibit the sale of all e-cigarette and vaping devices until they're deemed safe by the FDA. San Francisco has passed a similar law.

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In Minnesota, 4 out of 5 gun deaths are suicides 7.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A close call in one Minneapolis family illustrates the challenge of keeping guns away from people who shouldn’t have one.
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The L.A. vape shop scene was booming. Those days are over 6.10.2019 LA Times: Business

Vape shops thrived even in the age of Amazon, but now they face an uncertain future amid worries over teen vaping and a mysterious lung ailment.

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Trump bars immigrants who cannot pay for health care coverage 5.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
President Trump signed a proclamation late Friday barring legal immigrants who cannot prove they will have health care coverage or the means to pay for it within 30 days of their arrival to the United States.
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Vaping bans are supposed to help. But could they become a 'public health disaster'? 4.10.2019 LA Times: Health

Vaping has now claimed 18 lives, according to the CDC. With multiple cities and states cracking down on e-cigarettes in recent weeks, some public health advocates encouraged. But some experts are warning of the unintended consequences of this political momentum.

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California's contract worker law could add health coverage for some but put others at risk 4.10.2019 LA Times: Business

A California law reclassifies some independent contractors as employees, requiring they be offered benefits and protections. But it may harm some workers.

Opinion: If Democrats want universal coverage, they need to abandon the 'Medicare for all' fantasy 4.10.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Eliminating the profits and costs of private insurers won't come close to covering the staggering cost of Medicare for all.

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Trump Signed an Executive Order to “Protect” Medicare. Good Luck if You Have Any Other Type of Insurance. 4.10.2019 Mother Jones
In an apparent attempt to appeal to senior voters—and to divert attention away from the impeachment inquiry rocking the White House—President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that changes aspects of Medicare Advantage, the private-sector health plan that covers one third of the nation’s Medicare beneficiaries. During his speech, though, the president was far […]
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