Kemp and Abrams stake out health care and Medicaid expansion as wedge issue

Kemp and Abrams stake out health care and Medicaid expansion as wedge issue

This post was originally published on this site Sharp disagreement over whether to expand Medicaid in Georgia – a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the country – was one of the defining issues in the governor’s race in 2018. Four years later, the long-simmering debate over...

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Judge in Texas blocks Biden administration emergency abortion guidance

Judge in Texas blocks Biden administration emergency abortion guidance

This post was originally published on this siteA federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from enforcing guidance requiring hospitals to provide emergency abortions in the state.

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Judge rules Walgreens contributed to San Francisco opioid crisis

Judge rules Walgreens contributed to San Francisco opioid crisis

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens “substantially contributed” to San Francisco’s opioid epidemic by failing to prevent misuse of the highly addictive painkillers, The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle report.
Walgreens handled nearly 1 in 5 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills distributed nationwide at the height of the opioid crisis. It was the only drug company sued by San Francisco that didn’t settle. The case went to trial in April.
“Walgreens has regulatory obligations to take reasonable steps to prevent the drugs from being diverted and harming the public,” U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer wrote in the ruling. “The evidence at trial established that Walgreens breached these obligations.” A later trial will determine how much Walgreens will have to pay the city. A Walgreens spokesperson said the company would appeal.

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5 ways the Democrats’ inflation bill could lower drug prices for seniors

5 ways the Democrats’ inflation bill could lower drug prices for seniors

This post was originally published on this siteThe Democrats’ health care and climate package aims to lower drug prices in Medicare, which would save both senior citizens and the federal government money.

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Biden to sign bill expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

Biden to sign bill expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to sign into law a bill expanding health care benefits to millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service.

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US Declares Monkeypox a Health Emergency, Finally

US Declares Monkeypox a Health Emergency, Finally

This post was originally published on this siteThe FDA is laying out a new strategy to extend vaccine supplies. But the approach doesn’t go far enough to understand how well the vaccine works.

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Percent of Americans without health coverage hits new low

Percent of Americans without health coverage hits new low

This post was originally published on this site The proportion of the US population with no health insurance in the United States reached a new low in early 2022 at eight percent, President Joe Biden’s administration said Tuesday. The rate of uninsured people began to fall sharply after the Affordable...

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White House selects FEMA and CDC officials to coordinate monkeypox response

White House selects FEMA and CDC officials to coordinate monkeypox response

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden on Tuesday formally named Robert Fenton as the White House’s national monkeypox response coordinator.

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Schumer announces new vote on burn pits bill blocked by Republicans

Schumer announces new vote on burn pits bill blocked by Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he plans to hold another vote this week on a military health care bill Republicans blocked on Wednesday.
The bill would provide $250 billion to care for veterans who became sick after being exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Veteran organizations have been fighting for recognition for their maladies — which include everything from irreversible respiratory conditions to cancer — for some 15 years,” explained Kelly Vlahos, a senior advisor at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) led the effort to block the bill, claiming that Democrats had inserted a “gimmick” approving $400 billion in unrelated spending. “​People take a sympathetic group of Americans … craft a bill to address their problems, and then sneak in something completely unrelated that they know could never pass on its own,” Toomey said on CNN’s State of the Union, calling the tactic “the oldest trick in Washington.” Schumer agreed to allow a vote on an amendment proposed by Toomey, who said he will support the bill if his amendment passes.

Comedian John Stewart, a vocal champion of the bill, responded by denouncing the Republicans who blocked the bill as “motherf–kers” and accusing them of “hypocrisy,” “cowardice,” and “cruelty.”
“If this is America First, then America is fucked.”Take 10 minutes to watch Jon Stewart tear into Republicans for blocking a Senate bill providing benefits to veterans, including for those exposed to burn pits. pic.twitter.com/UMzCV5uKnU— The Recount (@therecount) July 28, 2022

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