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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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Trump administration proposes sweeping changes to federal family planning program 23.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Any organization that provides or refers patients for abortions will be ineligible for Title X funding to cover STD prevention, cancer screenings and contraception.
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Two Decades Ago, He Blocked Abortion Clinics and Dodged Police. Now He’s Helping Wage Trump’s War on Reproductive Rights. 22.2.2019 Mother Jones
One November afternoon in 1998, about 20 anti-abortion protestors gathered outside a minister’s home on a quiet, tree-lined street in a Madison, Wisconsin suburb. Among them was 23-year-old Matt Bowman, a recent college graduate who had come to town the year before to join a pro-life group, hoisting a large picture of a dismembered fetus […]
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How Gov. Walz's health care buy-in plan works 22.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Walz plan isn't as simple as a MinnesotaCare buy-in. It isn't a single-payer plan. And it wouldn't start right away.
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Behind the Scenes, Health Insurers Use Cash and Gifts to Sway Which Benefits Employers Choose 21.2.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and NPR’s Shots blog.  The pitches to the health insurance brokers are tantalizing. “Set sail for Bermuda,” says insurance giant Cigna, offering top-selling brokers five days at one of the island’s luxury resorts. Health Net of California’s pitch is not subtle: A smiling woman in a business suit rides […]
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California lawmakers propose soda tax, outlawing super-size sugary drinks 21.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

California restaurants and stores would be prohibited from selling “Big Gulp”-style sodas and consumers would face taxes on sugar-sweetened soft drinks under bills announced Wednesday by five state lawmakers to address a “public health crisis” of obesity in the Golden State.

The proposals include...

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Insurers hand out cash and gifts to sway brokers who sell employer health plans 20.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Independent brokers help employers choose health benefits for their staff but are paid by the health insurance industry, creating financial incentives to sell more without regard to cost.
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Colorado hospital prices jumped despite “hope” Medicaid expansion would curtail costs, reports say 20.2.2019 Denver Post: All Political News
In the decade since the state expanded Medicaid, costs have not gone down for Coloradans with private insurance and overall health care expenses have yet to be reined in, according to two reports released in recent weeks.
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In Arkansas, thousands of people have lost Medicaid coverage over new work rule 19.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The state now requires many of its Medicaid beneficiaries to work, go to school or volunteer in order to keep their health insurance. But more than 18,000 have come off the rolls.
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Scientist says some pollution is good for you — a disputed claim Trump’s EPA has embraced 19.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

In early 2018, a deputy assistant administrator in the EPA, Clint Woods, reached out to a Massachusetts toxicologist best known for pushing a public health standard suggesting that low levels of toxic chemicals and radiation are good for people.

“I wanted to check to see if you might have some...

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Spotlight on mental health policy 19.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As a part of Call to Mind we are having a discussion about why people who need mental health care are unable to access it, and why funding challenges persist.
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Long-delayed introduction of pharmacare should be top priority in this election 15.2.2019 - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn When the government of Saskatchewan pioneered public health care in Canada in 1962, it covered the two main components of such a system: the services of physicians and hospitals. When other provinces, and finally the federal government, later extended medicare to the national level, it was still confined to these two admittedly important but insufficient-on-their-own benefits. Tommy Douglas, the main proponent of public health care in Canada, always envisioned this two-pronged program as just the first step toward complete health care coverage. His ultimate goal was to have prescription drugs, dental, vision, and other important services added to the system, as they already were in most countries in Europe. If those countries could afford such comprehensive care, he reasoned, so could Canada. More than half a century later, however, his vision of providing Canadians with all-inclusive health care remains unfulfilled. The biggest gap, of course, is the lack of universal public drug insurance. One ...
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New corrections commissioner: Should "really mentally ill people be in a prison?" 15.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Minnesota's new corrections commissioner, Paul Schnell, is a former top cop with a degree in social work. He knows mental illness will be a big challenge in his new job, and wonders whether prison is the right place for people who are really sick even if they've committed horrific crimes.
HHS to Review Indian Health Service After Revelations on Pedophile Doctor 14.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called for a review of the Indian Health Service following an investigation that revealed the agency’s mishandling of a pedophile doctor.
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Insurers Force Emergency Patients to Self-Diagnose 13.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Stomach pain can mean indigestion—or a ruptured appendix. But if you decide to be on the safe side, go to the emergency room, and turn out to be fine, more and more insurers refuse to foot the bill. This has got to stop.
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Read Gov. Gavin Newsom's prepared remarks for his first State of the State address 13.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Here are the full prepared remarks for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State address:

Mr. Speaker, thank you for being a champion for all Californians – and for welcoming Jen and me into your house today.

Madam Pro Tem – thank you for your commitment to collaboration, which has helped make...

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Medicare for All Bill Puts Pressure on Democrats' 2020 Field 12.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Policy
House members are planning to unveil Medicare for All legislation soon, turning up the heat on Democratic presidential candidates facing questions over how far they want to go in embracing a national government health system.
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What it will take for Trump to end AIDS 'beyond' America 12.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The president's State of the Union address made a bold pledge. But his 2019 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to foreign assistance programs that address AIDS.
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Top Trump Health Administrator Faces Test From Newly Elected Democrats 11.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Policy
CMS head Seema Verma granted GOP states some flexibility on Medicaid and the ACA. Now, newly elected governors in blue states are seeking the same flexibility, but for their own Democratic policies.
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Beyond the slogan, 'Medicare for all' vexes Democratic presidential candidates 10.2.2019 LA Times: Nation

As Democratic candidates leap into the presidential fray, many have latched onto a catchy political rallying cry: “Medicare for all.”

But don’t assume they’re all talking about the same thing.

The pithy slogan has driven the first major policy debate of the budding Democratic primary. When Sen....

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