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Spending on Louisiana Medicaid expansion boosted $368M

Louisiana lawmakers Monday added $368 million in federal funding to the health department budget to keep from running out of money for the state's Medicaid expansion program, which has grown beyond expectations in its first year. The Louisiana Department of Health has enrolled more people than...

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  • Missouri appeals judge's blocking of abortion restrictions

    Missouri is asking a federal appellate court to put on hold a judge's order blocking abortion-restricting rules in the state, arguing the judge "categorically refused even to consider the state's evidence justifying its regulations." The state's challenge Thursday to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court...

      • How Big Tobacco stopped a smoking tax in 'Marlboro Country'

        When the Montana Senate voted this spring for what would have been the state's first tobacco tax increase in 12 years, Big Tobacco lobbyists swarmed the Capitol in Helena. With a crucial committee hearing about the bill looming in Montana's House, cigarette retailers and vape shop owners were coached...

          • Lawmakers unanimously approve autism coverage mandate

            Alabama will begin requiring some insurers to cover autism treatment for children. The House of Representatives gave final passage to the bill Thursday morning after voting to accept Senate changes including an age cap on the coverage. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled to sign the bill in a Friday...

              • California bill would ban drug company gifts to doctors

                The California Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban drug companies from giving gifts to doctors. Sen. Mike McGuire said his bill prohibiting perks such as airline tickets and lavish meals would lower drug costs in part because doctors who receive such gifts are more likely to prescribe...

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                  • More about measles

                    Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine. Signs and symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat and a fever. Measles also cause a red, blotchy rash that usually appears first on...

                      • Shut out by House GOP, industry pins health bill hopes on Senate

                        WASHINGTON The health care world is gearing up for a lobbying offensive to persuade Republican U.S. senators to address their problems with an Obamacare replacement that was conceived in the House in a virtual vacuum. Insurers, doctors, patient groups and most health care experts are pinning their...

                          • New mail campaign highlights AHCA impact on older voters

                            WASHINGTON Older voters in two GOP districts are the targets of a new direct mail campaign highlighting higher costs for seniors under the GOP health care bill. The liberal advocacy group Save My Care is launching a direct mail campaign this weekend aimed at 30,000 voters between the ages of 50...

                              • Home remedies: sweating and body odor

                                Sweating and body odor are facts of life for most people. Heavy perspiration and body odor can happen when you exercise, when you're too warm, or when you're nervous, anxious or under stress. Your body has two main types of sweat glands, and they produce two very different types of sweat. Both...

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                                  • Obamacare premiums could skyrocket next year amid uncertain repeal efforts

                                    WASHINGTON Early rate filings by Obamacare insurers suggest consumers will face significantly higher premiums for marketplace coverage next year due to regulatory and political uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. After significant premium hikes in 2017 corrected for underpricing by...

                                      • House may be forced to vote again on GOP's Obamacare repeal bill

                                        WASHINGTON House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., hasn't yet sent the bill to the Senate because there's a chance that...

                                          • Secret sauce in Maine's successful high-risk pool: enough money

                                            As the GOP health care bill moves from the U.S. House of Representatives to the Senate, many consumers and lawmakers are especially worried that people with pre-existing conditions won't be able to find affordable health coverage. There are a number of strategies under consideration, but one option...

                                              • Home remedies: complications of ingrown toenails

                                                Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe. Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. If the pain is severe...

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                                                  • Treating skin abrasions known as 'raspberries'

                                                    Raspberries are usually bright red and painful, and, no not the fruit. Raspberries, strawberries, road rash whatever you call these scrapes are painful and can be difficult to treat. Some suggest wrapping the wound, while others suggest airing it out. Chelsea Mann, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System...

                                                      • Stem the tide of rising syphilis rates in United States

                                                        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a call to action to hopefully slow the spread of syphilis. Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. The disease starts as a painless sore typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth. Syphilis spreads from...

                                                          • Arthritis in the hands more common than you might think, study says

                                                            Arthritis in the hands is more common than you might think. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will develop the condition in their lifetime, according to a new study. The risk of symptomatic hand osteoarthritis also varies by race and weight. Aching or swelling hands, decreased motion and stiffness...

                                                              • How The Dark Overlord is costing US clinics big time with ransom demands

                                                                WASHINGTON A brassy, attention-seeking hacker group that calls itself The Dark Overlord is stealing massive numbers of patient records from U.S. medical and dental clinics and hawking them on the black market or spilling them onto the internet. The group's digital rampage hasn't seized the kinds...

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