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Vermont streamlines process for substance abuse counselors

The state has streamlined the process for someone to become a substance abuse counselor as it continues to address the opioid addiction crisis, Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday. The changes simplify the educational requirements and relieve professionals from unnecessary documentation,...

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  • Kentucky AG joins suit challenging Trump's health care order

    Kentucky's Democratic attorney general says he will join at least 19 other states in a lawsuit to block Republican President Donald Trump's order ending a provision of the Affordable Care Act that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs for some consumers. In a news release, Andy Beshear said his decision...

      • Alaska officials evaluating impact of health care decision

        Officials in Alaska on Friday were evaluating the impact of a Trump administration decision to stop payments to insurers that help lower copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes under an Obama-era health care law. The White House said the government can't legally continue paying the...

          • Arizona insurers planned for Trump's ending of payments

            The two insurance companies that sell individual health insurance plans on federal exchanges in Arizona planned for the possibility that President Donald Trump would end payments that help cut costs for lower-income clients. Health Net designed its 2018 rates anticipating the payments would end....

              • Montana provider says it will go broke without subsidy

                Two companies offering health insurance through the individual market in Montana cannot adjust their rates to take into account President Donald Trump's decision this week to end federal subsidies for low- to middle-income workers, the state's insurance commissioner said Friday. Matt Rosendale...

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                  • Customer feuds, claims denials mar health plans Trump backs

                    NEW YORK The short-term medical plans promoted in President Donald Trump's new executive order on health care have a long history of customer disputes over pre-existing conditions and denied claims just the sort of scenarios that were being weeded out by Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act pushes...

                      • Breast cancer is more visible than ever, but young survivors fight to be seen

                        MIAMI Valerie Bunt doesn't look like your typical breast cancer survivor. A mother to a thriving 8-year-old, Bunt usually spends her days working in her family's legal headhunting firm and caring for her daughter. She has long brown hair, with no evidence of the toll of chemotherapy. And strangers...

                          • While Trump moves to dismantle health law, public favors repair

                            WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has collided with a wave of public disagreement by moving to strip the Affordable Care Act of provisions intended to keep insurance prices stable. In a poll conducted before Trump's Thursday announcement of unilateral changes to the law, 71 percent of the public...

                              • Trump acting solo: What you need to know about changes to the health law

                                WASHINGTON Apparently frustrated by Congress' inability to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump this week decided to take matters into his own hands. Late Thursday evening, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier on Thursday, Trump...

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                                  • Trump takes over Obamacare political risks with end of subsidies

                                    WASHINGTON After months of pinning the blame for Obamacare's shortcomings on Democrats and watching his own party fail to act, President Donald Trump just took ownership of a struggle that's consumed Republicans for seven years. Trump's decision late Thursday to end government subsidies to insurers...

                                      • 'Call me,' Trump tells Democrats after nixing Obamacare subsidies

                                        WASHINGTON "Call me." That was the message early Friday morning from President Donald Trump to Democrats after he drew their ire late Thursday night for canceling subsidies they immediately said would drive up insurance premiums. Trump took to Twitter even earlier than usual, 5:36 a.m., to boast...

                                          • Choosing colorful, healthy foods

                                            Dear Mayo Clinic: I notice a lot of food products, including cereals, no longer use artificial colors. Is this because food dyes are harmful? A: There's no solid evidence that artificial colors in food cause health problems. But there aren't any health benefits associated with artificial colors,...

                                              • 'Quietest place on Earth' finds purpose in healing humans

                                                MINNEAPOLIS Inside this small room lined on all six sides with deep, fiberglass spikes there is no background noise. No sounds from the street, the vents, the outside world. Only silence. But in that silence, many visitors find their own bodies become quite noisy. Sitting in this anechoic chamber,...

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                                                  • 10 essentials that helped a breast cancer survivor get through her ordeal

                                                    DALLAS Breast cancer survivor Mary Dunklin went through the tests, the waiting and a haze of doctor visits. "The entire experience is a learning process in dealing with fear, pain and mortality," she recently wrote. "And, sometimes, the best lesson of all is remembering how to appreciate being...

                                                      • Trump has a new plan to kill Obamacare, and it could work

                                                        The following editorial appeared in The Charlotte Observer on Thursday, Oct. 12: Donald Trump has a new way to get rid of Obamacare. This one comes without the humiliating defeats previous repeal efforts have suffered in Congress. It also might dodge the political outcry that preceded those defeats....

                                                          • California slaps surcharge on ACA plans as Trump remains coy on subsidies

                                                            LOS ANGELES California's health exchange said Wednesday it has ordered insurers to add a surcharge to certain policies next year because the Trump administration has yet to commit to paying a key set of consumer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The decision to impose a 12.4 percent surcharge...

                                                              • How to deal with back-to-school bullying

                                                                Dear Mayo Clinic: My daughter is 9 and worried about going to school this fall because she was picked on by some of her classmates last year. Should I talk to her teachers about this or wait to see how it goes? I am trying to avoid being overprotective but don't want her to worry about being bullied....

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