Judge Strikes Down ACA Putting Law In Legal Peril — Again

Posted on Dec 15, 2018

The case is not expected to have an immediate effect on coverage for people who buy plans on the federal health law marketplaces because the case is likely to go to the Supreme Court – the third time that the justices will decide the fate of the landmark health law.

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Judge Strikes Down Federal Health Law

Posted on Dec 15, 2018

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, ruling on a suit brought by opponents of the Affordable Care Act, says that the law was invalidated when Congress dropped the tax penalty for not having coverage. Advocates for the law say they will appeal the decision.

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

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

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Viewpoints: Voters Weighed In With ‘Hands-Off’ Message About Medicare, Medicaid; Small Tweaks Won’t Help Health Care System

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

Editorial writers weigh in on these health care topics and others.

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Research Roundup: ACOs; Diabetes; Food Allergies; And Medicaid

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

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State Highlights: 60% Of California Wildfire Victims Reported To Be Elderly, Many Found In Or Near Their Homes; Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Linked To One California Farm So Far

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

Media outlets report on news from California, Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Delaware and Massachusetts.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Children Who Were Held In Psychiatric Hospitals After They’d Been Cleared By Doctors For Release

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

“The effects of holding children (beyond medical necessity) are heartbreaking at an individual level and staggering when multiplied among all the children who have been subjected to the practice,” the lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services claims. Other news on mental health care comes out of Maryland, New York, Iowa and New Hampshire.

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U.S. Gun Deaths Rise To Highest Level In Nearly 40 Years, CDC Data Shows

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

The 39,773 recorded deaths in 2017 marked an increase of more than 10,000 compared to 28,874 deaths in 1999, according to a CNN analysis confirmed by the CDC. Other news on gun violence focuses on an increase in state gun control laws, a report criticizing the sheriff's policy for responding to the Parkland school massacre and a request from grieving parents for a waiting period before a gun purchase.

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Genetic Tests That Use Multiple Variants To Predict Disease Risk Are Gaining Popularity. But Are They Reliable?

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

The tests are expanded versions of ones that look at a single DNA mutation to assess the risk of getting common diseases. But many questions still remain, including what to even do with the results if a patient is found to be at higher risk. In other public health news: abortion access, gene-editing, lead in toys, and bullying.

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A Step Toward Unraveling The Notoriously Tricky Mystery Of The Genetic Roots Of Psychiatric Diseases

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

In a sweeping set of studies, scientists looked at about 2,000 human brains from both healthy people and individuals with psychiatric diseases, including autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, hunting for insights on how those conditions develop.

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