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As U.S. Confirms First Zika-Related Death, Congressional Republicans Still Won’t Approve Emergency Funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, raising new concerns about the severity of the mosquito-borne disease and prompting renewed calls for Congress to approve the Obama administration’s two-month-old request for emergency funding to fight the ongoing outbreak. According to a report released Thursday by the CDC, health officials … Continue reading

The Latest News On Zika Virus: 5 Things To Know

With concerns about Zika virus mounting, President Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funds Monday to help combat the disease, which has now spread to more than two-dozen countries, mainly in the Americas and Caribbean islands. The emergency funding request comes just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that their command center … Continue reading

Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

President Obama’s New Year’s Resolution To Tackle Gun Violence

President Obama made fighting gun violence his chief resolution for 2016 in a New Year’s Day address, calling it a major piece of “unfinished business” for his White House administration. The President said Friday that he would meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday, his first day back at work after the year-end break, … Continue reading

President Obama Will Announce New Executive Action On Guns In 2016

President Barack Obama will ring in the New Year by taking executive action to expand background checks on gun sales, according to media reports citing people familiar with White House proposals and planning. The action, which will likely come sometime before Obama makes his final State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 12, is … Continue reading

President Obama On Planned Parenthood Shooting: ‘Enough Is Enough’

President Obama on Saturday renewed his call for gun control in the aftermath of a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs on Friday that left three dead and nine injured. In a written statement, Obama said that regardless of the motive behind the attack, it was unacceptable that these sort of … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

New Obamacare Regulations Protect Transgender People From Discrimination In Health Care

In a major push for transgender rights, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it will extend the current healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex or gender identity. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, … Continue reading

Obama Administration’s New Approach To Combat Heroin Epidemic Prioritizes Public Health Over Punishment

The Obama administration announced a new strategy to combat heroin abuse on Monday, pledging $2.5 million in additional funds to target five of the nation’s “high intensity drug trafficking areas.” The plan, which aims to pair law enforcement officials with health experts, marks a major shift in U.S. drug policy, emphasizing treatment and harm-reduction rather … Continue reading

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