Listen: Syphilis Spreads Into Rural America

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

Lauren Weber, one of Kaiser Health News’ new Midwest correspondents, joined St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jeremy Goodwin on “St. Louis on the Air” Friday to discuss how syphilis is making inroads into rural counties across the Midwest and West.

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

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Viewpoints: Those Who Have Contracted Deadly Diseases Know The Value Of Vaccinations; ‘Medicare At 55’ Is The Politically Feasible Step We Should Be Taking

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

Editorials and columnists discuss health care issues.

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Longer Looks: Roller-Skating For Reproductive Rights, The Truth About Dentists & The Measles Resurgence

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.

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State Highlights: Money Hinders Push For Mental Health Urgent Care Clinics In Massachusetts; Calif. Drinking Water Contaminated With Carcinogenic Toxins From Wildfires

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, California, Washington, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota and New Hampshire.

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From The State Capitols: Conn. Lawmakers Fret Over Price Tag For Covering Undocumented Children; Washington’s Long-Term Care Benefits Measure Gains Momentum

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

News from state legislatures comes out of Connecticut, Washington, Arizona, Maryland, California and Florida.

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Montana Lawmakers Send Medicaid Expansion Bill With Work Requirements To Governor

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

The legislation comes as Montana faces an expiration date on the state's Medicaid expansion, which was approved in 2015. "It was in our best interest to continue the program to help as many folks as we can, especially with drug addictions [and] mental illness. Those are big things that plague Montana, and they’re very expensive. And everyone that we can treat and have success in those areas is a huge win for everyone," said Republican state Rep. Ed Buttrey of Great Falls.

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Insurers To Be Allowed To Prevent Drug Coupons From Applying To Annual Limit On Out-Of-Pocket Costs In Some Cases

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

CMS will allow insurers to implement the restrictions when there's a generic drug available to the patient. CMS argues that the rule would encourage patients to use generic drugs and lower drug spending.

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North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Born Alive’ Legislation Calling It An Unnecessary Interference Between Patient, Doctor

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

There are already laws protecting babies who are born alive, whether it is as a result of a botched abortion or not, said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Meanwhile, a look at the rare occurrence where infants actually are born following an abortion attempt.

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Facial Expressions Are Crucial To Human Interactions, But Botox And Cosmetic Surgery May Disrupt All That

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

“People these days are constantly rearranging their facial appearance in ways that prevent engaging in facial mimicry, having no idea how much we use our faces to coordinate and manage social interactions,” said Paula Niedenthal, a professor of psychology. In other public health news: medicine's racist past, a polio-like illness, and groundbreaking heart surgery.

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