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Moms-To-Be With Addiction Face Obstacles At Every Turn

Nurse Catherine “Bizz” Grimes moves like her name sounds: at a frenetic pace. She darts across the hall from the prenatal diagnosis clinic at Indiana University Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, sits down at her cubicle, puts on her headset over curly white blonde hair and starts dialing.

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For Pro-Obamacare Groups, A Wary Reprieve

Jul 18, 2017
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Health care advocacy groups are tentatively celebrating news that the Senate’s latest health care bill is dead. But after months of protesting the GOP’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they’re still not calling it a victory.  

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The public has weighed in on Indiana’s proposal to add a work requirement to its unique Medicaid program, the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0.  More than 40 people submitted their opinions to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as of July 18, showing overwhelming disapproval of the proposal.

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$1.25 million.

That’s the size of the bill that could have shuttered the only public hospital in rural Pemiscot County, Missouri in August 2013.

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The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless.

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In June, Middletown, Ohio, council member Dan Picard suggested that every time an ambulance responds to a drug overdose, the receiving patient be required to pay for the cost by performing community service. If that person experiences more than two overdoses but have not completed their community service, the 911 dispatcher will not send an ambulance.

Harsh life experiences appear to leave African-Americans vulnerable to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, researchers reported Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.

Several teams presented evidence that poverty, disadvantage and stressful life events are strongly associated with cognitive problems in middle age and dementia later in life among African-Americans.

How The Senate Health Bill Would Affect Special Ed Programs

Jul 17, 2017
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How education services would be effected has garnered little attention in the national debate as Republican lawmakers seek to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but cuts to Medicaid could have serious consequences on health-related services in schools. 

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When health care costs so much, who decides who receives treatment? Earlier this summer, a huge insurer refused to reimburse emergency visits it deems "unnecessary" in an effort to cut spending. In one Indiana county, a sheriff orders his deputies to stop using its dwindling naloxone supply on OD victims in case they need it themselves (but later reverses course.) Plus, a new Senate bill could mean private insurers could end up charging sicker patients a whole lot more.

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This year’s Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is in full swing. The event is the Expo organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which runs through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center.

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