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GOP, Dems team up to address ‘surprise medical bills’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Republican and Democratic senators are proposing legislation to address the problem of surprise medical bills. Those are the shockingly high charges insured patients can get hit with when a hospital or doctor is not in their insurers’ network. The proposal Thursday from Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, and Patty Murray, […]
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US sanctions Argentina-based online pharmacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday designated the Argentina-based online pharmacy Goldpharma and eight Argentine citizens as significant foreign narcotics traffickers. The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a news release that Goldpharma sells illicit opioids to customers located in the United States through its nine entities located […]
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UN health agency issues 1st strategy to address snake bites

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, aiming to halve the number of people killed and disabled by snakes by 2030. Nearly 3 million people are bitten by potentially poisonous snakes every year, resulting in as many as 138,000 deaths. Last week, […]
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Tougher vaccine rules move forward in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren as a handful of opponents shouted “We will not comply” inside the Senate. Senators sent the measure to the Assembly as the nation struggles to stem the highest number of measles cases in […]
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Border holding center to reopen after 32 migrants get flu

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center on the Mexican border that was temporarily closed to stop the outbreak, authorities said Wednesday. It was unclear if anyone ill came in contact with a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who was held at the facility in McAllen, […]
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Abortion opponents savor victory in Alabama rally

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Abortions opponents held a rally at the Alabama Capitol, savoring victory as Alabama and other states seek stringent abortion bans. Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said the Wednesday rally was to celebrate the passage of the Alabama law and to thank lawmakers. Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation that […]
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Alabama House approves ‘born alive’ abortion bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation to put doctors in prison if they don’t try to save babies “born alive” after an attempted abortion. Representatives voted 66-18 for the bill Tuesday. The bill now moves to the Senate The bill by Republican Rep. Ginny Shaver says doctors would face […]
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Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted in some other conservative states, […]
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Research on children’s health risks in doubt over EPA funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The projects being targeted make up a more than $300 million, federally […]
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Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman’s marital status and tell her about the “emotional implications” of an abortion. Democrats in the Assembly passed the bill in largely party-line vote on Tuesday, the same day […]
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Cholesterol improves in US kids despite high obesity rates

CHICAGO (AP) — Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean 200 or […]
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At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Abortion clinics are facing protesters emboldened by a flurry of restrictive new state laws as they reassure confused patients that the laws have yet to take effect, abortion providers said. “We have actually had many people calling and say, ‘Are you open? Are you still seeing patients? Is abortion now illegal? […]
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Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier. The law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not know they’re pregnant. Republican […]
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As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA (AP) — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet. Governors in Kentucky , Mississippi , Ohio and Georgia have recently approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen […]
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In abortion debates, female lawmakers recount their rapes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions after a fetal heartbeat […]
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Prison health care provider resolves disabilities lawsuit

PHOENIX (AP) — Two companies that provide health care in jails and prisons across the United States have agreed to pay $950,000 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it discriminated against employees with disabilities by failing to accommodate them, requiring them to be fully healed before they can return to work, and firing them. A […]
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Louisiana governor breaks with Democratic Party on abortion

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights and is about to do it again. Edwards is ready to sign legislation that would ban the procedure in his home state as early as six weeks of pregnancy, when the bill reaches his desk. […]
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Dems push bill on Obamacare, drug prices toward House OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pushing legislation buttressing the 2010 health care law and curbing prescription drug prices toward House passage. The bill seems to have been engineered with next year’s elections in mind. It has no chance of surviving in the Senate or getting President Donald Trump’s signature. The measure is forcing Republicans to […]
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Cops: Woman forced friend’s 12-year-old to get birth control

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. (AP) — Police have charged a woman accused of forcing her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant in her arm without the mother’s permission. Valerie Marie Fullum is charged with two felony counts of endangering welfare of children and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person, according to […]
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Missouri Senate joins GOP anti-abortion wave with 8-week ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama’s governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. Senators voted 24-10 for the bill early Thursday. The proposed eight-week ban allows exceptions only in medical emergencies, not cases of […]
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Judge orders FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing the health effects of e-cigarettes. The ruling handed down Wednesday says the agency abdicated its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other […]
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Alabama ban on nearly all abortions in GOP governor’s hands

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country. The legislation would make performing an abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions. The […]
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Pennsylvania House tries anew to ban Down syndrome abortions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is launching another effort to outlaw abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, passing legislation Tuesday that faces a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, if it even reaches his desk. The vote comes amid a wave of abortion restrictions advancing in more conservative […]
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California governor wants to help more buy health insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sydney Winlock owns a small business with his wife in Northern California, and they had a strange conversation recently: Should they make less money so they can afford their health insurance? The couple makes too much money to qualify for help from the federal government in paying their monthly insurance premiums, […]
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Delaware AG investigating prison medical contractor

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s attorney general is investigating the medical contractor for the state’s prison system amid allegations that contract counselors were ordered to forge documents to falsely state that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. The state Department of Justice confirmed the investigation this week and urged anyone with information […]
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New liver transplant rules begin amid fight over fairness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York City hospital, waiting for a donated liver that never came. Doctors had urged the 38-year-old to move to another state that has more organs to go around. But she couldn’t afford to. Where you live makes a difference in […]
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Hard-hit Pennsylvania to sue drugmaker over opioid epidemic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The attorney general of Pennsylvania says he’s filing a lawsuit accusing a pharmaceutical giant of fueling the opioid epidemic. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said it would announce details of the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon. Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit by opioid addiction. Shapiro’s office two years ago joined with […]
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California sues US over home health worker union dues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Five states have joined forces to try and block a new rule from the Trump administration they say weakens labor unions and their ability to collectively bargain for wages and benefits. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, announced the lawsuit on Monday with attorneys general in Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts and […]
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Maryland gov signs 1st-in-nation measure to help uninsured

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a first-in-the-nation measure Monday to make it easier for people without health insurance to find out if they qualify for low-cost insurance after they file their taxes. The new law will create a box for people to check on state income tax returns. If a taxpayer […]
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Minnesota senator shares past experience with depression

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is sharing her experiences with depression for the first time as she calls for more federal funding for mental health programs. The Star Tribune reports the Democrat says she battled depression as a teenager and in her late 30s. Smith says help was available whenever she needed […]
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