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Nursing rooms first among Nevada bills to enshrine Obamacare

With an eye on Republican leaders inching toward a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, Nevada lawmakers considered Monday the first in a series of proposals to enshrine federal health policies in state law. Former President Barack Obama's signature health law requires all employers with a...

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  • Greitens wants to use tobacco money to reverse Medicaid cuts

    Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday that he wants to use some of the money from Missouri's settlement with tobacco companies to restore most of the budget cuts he'd proposed for in-home services that support low-income disabled residents. Greitens announced he's amending his budget proposal for next...

      • Utah Rep. Mia Love pushes for over-the-counter birth control

        Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love told Utah lawmakers on Thursday that she's sponsoring a bill that would allow women to get over-the-counter birth control pills even though she's opposed to abortion. Love told Utah's state House of Representatives that she feels it's her duty to protect life but it's...

          • Kansas House passes bill to reverse opioid overdoses

            Kansas lawmakers took a step Thursday to allow first responders to treat people overdosing on opioids with potentially lifesaving drugs. The House gave unanimous approval to a bill Thursday and will send it to the Senate for consideration. Drugs like naloxone, called "opioid antagonists" can stop...

              • St. Louis ordinance seeks to pre-empt Missouri abortion laws

                A new ordinance in St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions," an effort by the heavily Democratic city to pre-empt a slew of anti-abortion measures advancing through Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature. While largely symbolic, the ordinance that took effect...

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                  • Liberal Vermont tests the waters on GOP health care overhaul

                    Tiny and very blue Vermont could be at the leading edge of the health reforms envisioned by the Trump administration and a Republican Congress. The Green Mountain State, population around 626,000, got a broad waiver last October from the federal government to redesign how its health care is delivered...

                      • 10 essentials for your outdoor winter adventure

                        Venturing outdoors for recreation during winter months can be an exhilarating (if a little chilly) experience. There are many ways to get outdoors during the winter months, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and, a more recent addition, fat biking. The nature...

                          • Consumers rail against Trump's plan to alter Obamacare marketplace

                            WASHINGTON In public comments to the federal government, Americans are giving the Trump administration an earful about its proposed rule changes for the Obamacare marketplaces. Plagued by price increases, a lack of competition in some areas and not enough young and healthy enrollees, the Department...

                              • These angry voters are telling Republicans: Repeal health care law already

                                YARDLEY, Pa. Congressional Republicans got an earful at rowdy town halls this past week. But many of the voters who say they got those very same lawmakers elected to office are delivering their own message: Ignore the rabble-rousers and fulfill your campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care...

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                                  • Governors head for Washington, will press Trump on Obamacare repeal

                                    WASHINGTON Governors from across the nation are heading for Washington, D.C., Friday and are desperate to find out how President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress plan to replace Obamacare. More than 11 million adults in 31 states many of them with Republican governors are covered under the...

                                      • GOP Obamacare plan would cover fewer people; blowback grows

                                        Republican lawmakers expect that their Obamacare replacement will result in fewer Americans covered by health insurance, a fact that's likely to increase blowback amid growing support for the program. New details of the plan are beginning to emerge, described by lawmakers and their aides. While...

                                          • Governors head for Washington, will press Trump on Obamacare repeal

                                            WASHINGTON Governors from across the nation are heading for Washington, D.C., Friday and are desperate to find out how President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress plan to replace Obamacare. More than 11 million adults in 31 states many of them with Republican governors are covered under the...

                                              • Tips for a good night's sleep: Focus on good times, breathe deeply, get a foot massage

                                                DALLAS Tony Reed believes in the power of sleep. He cherishes his nightly eight hours; hardly ever has trouble achieving them. "It's rare, very rare, when I have problems falling asleep," says Reed, 61, a Dallas business manager, professional speaker and marathon runner. But when that does happen,...

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                                                  • The broken promises of Obamacare

                                                    Republican members of Congress planning to repeal and replace Obamacare have been hosting town hall meetings with constituents and have been greeted by largely hostile crowds. These protestors seem to have forgotten about Obamacare's glaring failures. For those in need of a reminder, here are four...

                                                      • Is it heartburn or a heart attack?

                                                        Dear Mayo Clinic: My dad recently went to the emergency room with terrible chest pain and sweating, and was concerned he was having a heart attack. He was kept overnight for monitoring, but doctors said his heart was fine and that his symptoms were probably due to heartburn. Should I suggest he...

                                                          • Infectious diseases A-Z: measles in the US

                                                            Since the first of the year, nearly two dozen people from six states California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were reported to have been infected with measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist...

                                                              • Individual insurance primer: Troubled market at center of drive for health law repeal

                                                                As the country braces for a possible overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, consumers and patients are raising concerns that the more than 10 million people who purchased plans through the law's insurance marketplaces could lose coverage. Some are also nervous that changes unleashed by any revamping...

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