Tag: Health and Human Services Department

Child Support vs. Deadbeat States

Second of three articles In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families. Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate. The first thing to know: If you are a custodial parent (a […]

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When Apps get Your Medical Data, Your Privacy May Go With It

Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft. But prominent medical organizations are warning that patient data-sharing with apps could facilitate invasions of privacy — and they are fighting the change. The battle stems from […]

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Surgeon General Warns Pregnant Women and Teenagers Not to Smoke or Vape Marijuana

The United States surgeon general on Thursday issued a public warning that smoking or vaping marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies. At a news conference with other top administration health officials, the surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said he was concerned that pregnant women, teenagers and others were unaware of the […]

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Trump Administration Rule Would Allow Immigrant Families to Be Held Indefinitely

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive. The White […]

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She Beat Cancer. Now, She’s in Another Fight for Her Life.

Erika Zak beat Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. She survived more than 70 rounds of chemotherapy and at least 19 hospitalizations to treat infections, severe bleeding and other medical complications. She’s stayed alive more than two years despite liver failure after a botched surgery. And, as CNN reported, she prevailed in a lengthy battle with […]

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‘If You’re Like Me, You Can’t Sit By. This Is America.’

Second of two articles. Read the first here. Family separations at the border are not the only crisis immigrant children face. Children who were taken from their parents, or who crossed the border alone, also go to their immigration hearings alone. And “alone” means no lawyer. Many Americans are shocked that there is no right […]

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It Just Got Harder to Get Birth Control in America

This has been an ominous year for reproductive rights in America, with states including Georgia, Alabama and now Tennessee in a race to the bottom to pass the most extreme anti-abortion law in the nation. But while those high-profile abortion bans make their way through the courts — they were designed to provoke legal challenges […]

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Planned Parenthood May Withdraw From Title X Funding

Planned Parenthood will announce on Monday afternoon whether it will withdraw from Title X, the federal family planning program, rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that restricts what health providers can say about abortion. Such a move could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for services […]

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Suicide Prevention Hotline Number Should Be 3 Digits, 988, Agency Says

Just as 911 is universal to Americans during emergencies, a federal agency says the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline should be shortened to three digits: 988. The Federal Communications Commission recommended simplifying the hotline’s current 10-digit number in a sweeping report this week spurred by federal legislation passed last year that called for […]

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Trump Administration Proposes Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions

The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it was taking steps to make it easier for less expensive prescription drugs to be imported from other countries, particularly Canada, a move that has long been supported by progressives but has encountered fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. Under the plan, the administration said it would propose […]

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Trump Proposes Ways to Improve Care for Kidney Disease

President Trump issued a sweeping set of proposals aimed at improving medical care for the tens of millions of Americans who have kidney disease, a long-overlooked condition that kills more people than breast cancer. “For 50 years, we have had basically a stagnant system of how we treat people with chronic kidney disease,” Alex M. […]

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Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Drug Companies to List Prices in TV Ads

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administration cannot force pharmaceutical companies to disclose the list price of their drugs in television ads, dealing a blow to one of the president’s most visible efforts to pressure drug companies to lower their prices. Judge Amit P. Mehta, of the United States District Court in […]

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Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal courts have ruled that migrant children inside the United States must be housed in “safe and sanitary” accommodation. So what explains the conditions at a border patrol station in Clint, Tex.? [For an exclusive look […]

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A New Trump Order May Make More Health Care Prices Public

The White House will release an executive order Monday afternoon intended to require insurance companies, doctors and hospitals to give patients more information about precisely what their care will cost before they get it. “The president knows the best way to lower costs in health care is to put patients in control by increasing choice […]

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Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between

At a time when the failure to immunize children is driving the biggest measles outbreak in decades, a little-known database offers one way to gauge the safety of vaccines. Over roughly the past dozen years in the United States, people have received about 126 million doses of vaccines against measles, a disease that once infected […]

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Drug Prices Are a Populist Campaign Issue. Here Are the Latest Proposals to Lower Costs.

It can be hard to find common ground in Washington these days, but furor over drug prices could be one exception. Many Americans continue to struggle to pay for the prescription medicines they need. And rising drug costs are a problem for insurers and taxpayers, too — treatments for some rare diseases are topping $2 […]

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Republicans Once Supported Fetal Tissue Research. Not Anymore.

President George H.W. Bush was staring down a tough re-election campaign in the spring of 1992, when he found himself caught in a shifting political debate. A ban on the use of federal funding for research using fetal tissue — which women can donate after terminating a pregnancy — had been in place for four […]

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Your Organs Might Not Make It to Patients in Need

By Tonya Ingram, Angelo Reid, Melissa Bein and Maddi Bertrand In the video Op-Ed above, people on the organ wait list argue that it’s time for the government to step in, provide oversight and require transparency in the organ recovery system. Research shows that organ procurement organizations (O.P.O.s), responsible for recovering organs, are inefficient and […]

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Migrant Children May Lose School, Sports and Legal Aid as Shelters Swell

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal aid and playground recreation for migrant children housed in government shelters as a result of financial constraints created by the “crisis at the border.” The government’s plans were swiftly rebuked by civil rights lawyers representing unaccompanied children, who have been crossing […]

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Trump Administration Sharply Curtails Fetal Tissue Medical Research

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Wednesday that the federal government would sharply curtail federal spending on medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses. The move fulfills a top goal of anti-abortion groups that have lobbied hard for it, but scientists say the tissue is crucial for studies that benefit millions of patients. The […]

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