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Anti-Immigration Laws Have Negative Health Effects on Undocumented Youth

Anti-Immigration Laws Have Negative Health Effects on Undocumented Youth

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Dreamers have expressed lower self-esteem and higher rates of chronic disease after the repeal of DACA.

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

Decreased Health, Social Service Utilization Among Immigrants Following 2016 Presidential Election

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Health and social service utilization decreased in immigrant communities after the 2016 presidential election.

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

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Medicare costs may be contained by incentivizing multisector health activities, according to researchers.

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Going without medical care is common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid.

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

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Beneficiaries identified as "high cost" were likely to stay high cost over a 3 year period.

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

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More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

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In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.

Uncertain Future for Health Laws After Supreme Court Crisis Pregnancy Center Ruling

Uncertain Future for Health Laws After Supreme Court Crisis Pregnancy Center Ruling

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The recent Supreme Court decision on crisis pregnancy centers is expected to complicate the future of some health laws.

Medicaid Expansion Programs Improve Women's Access to Reproductive Services

Medicaid Expansion Programs Improve Women's Access to Reproductive Services

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One-third of the women enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program reported improved access to birth control and family planning services.

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence Reduced Following ACA Implementation

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Following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-related medication nonadherence significantly decreased among adults who survived stroke.

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

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The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.

Uninsured Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Reduced in States With Medicaid Expansion

Uninsured Cardiovascular Hospitalizations Reduced in States With Medicaid Expansion

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Choosing to expand Medicaid during the ACA implementation significantly reduced the number of uninsured hospitalizations.

AMA Opposition to the CVS-Aetna Vertical Merger Grows With Statement to DOJ

AMA Opposition to the CVS-Aetna Vertical Merger Grows With Statement to DOJ

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The American Medical Association has released a statement urging the US Department of Justice to block the CVS-Aetna merger.

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

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The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program promises to forgive any remaining federal loan debt for employees at governmental or nonprofit institutions following 10 years of loan repayments.

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

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The American Heart Association has published a statement in opposition of the latest Senate healthcare bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

New White House Rule Could Create Serious Health Concerns for Immigrants

New White House Rule Could Create Serious Health Concerns for Immigrants

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The latest proposed change to immigration policy from the White House may have serious effects on health care.

Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

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Despite a reversal of the Trump administration family separation policy, more than 2000 children are still separated from their parents or legal guardians.

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits.

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

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Because they're busy looking in different directions, "innocent until proven guilty" and "first, do no harm" don't always get along.

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration rescheduled hydrocodone-containing analgesics from schedule III to schedule II in October 2014.

Should Brand-Name Drug Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Counterparts?

Should Brand-Name Drug Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Counterparts?

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Both generic and brand manufacturers are protected from legal liability from failure-to-warn claims in most jurisdictions.

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

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Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to patients based on genetic testing results.

In Shocking Opposition, Trump Administration Denies Decades of Breastfeeding Research

In Shocking Opposition, Trump Administration Denies Decades of Breastfeeding Research

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In a move that shocked world health officials, the Trump administration indicated its opposition to a resolution intended to encourage breastfeeding among new mothers

Republican Opposition to Obamacare: What's Done, What's to Come

Republican Opposition to Obamacare: What's Done, What's to Come

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Republicans who have fought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for years are at a crossroads after their opposition largely failed.

Healthcare Community Should Favor More Restrictive Alcohol Policies

Healthcare Community Should Favor More Restrictive Alcohol Policies

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The healthcare community, having eradicated a number of deadly diseases, should approach these alcohol-driven fatalities as a disease and launch a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained effort to eliminate roadway deaths.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

The AMA policy came in response to recently approved state Medicaid waivers that block patients from Medicaid for up to six months for not meeting deadlines or paperwork requirements.

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

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Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill in June 2018 (S.3032) that would exempt most marijuana-related activities from the Controlled Substances Act when they are allowed under state or tribal law.

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act by making marketplace plans more affordable.

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

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Citing the high degree of stress and possible lifelong trauma children can experience as the result of a forced separation, the mental health organizations noted that the policy could result in an increased risk for many mental illnesses.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

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The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.

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