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Michigan Considers Opioid Abuse Instruction In Schools

Michigan lawmakers are considering requiring mandatory opioid abuse education in public schools as part of a package of bills aimed at combatting the addiction and overdose epidemic in the state.

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This week - Fallout continues from proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare with advocates worried what changes will mean for addiction and mental health treatment, potentially bigger medical bills and millions more uninsured. ... Also, President Trump's budget would make steep cuts to the EPA. How could it affect our drinking water? ... Read on ...

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  Darvin Bentlage says his health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Mo.: Stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan.

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The GOP's proposed health law, the American Health Care Act, has some mental health and addiction treatment advocates worried.

Proposed Law Would Require All California Children To Be Screened For Lead

Mar 14, 2017
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Growing national concern about lead poisoning in children has prompted a California lawmaker to introduce legislation to ensure that all of the state’s kids are tested for the toxic metal.

A new report finds that the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade but would also leave 24 million more Americans uninsured during that same period.

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This week - Some state lawmakers are busy trying to restrict what the federal government gives them for Medicaid. Yes, you read that correctly. ... Ahead of possible cuts, some women are stocking up on birth control. ... And "Big Candy" officials are lobbying the Trump administration with sugar on their lips (and minds) ... Read on ...

Experts Weigh Indiana's Medicaid Fate Under Proposed GOP ACA Replacement

Mar 8, 2017
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The House Republicans’ replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as Obamacare—would gradually phase out enrollment in Medicaid expansion programs such as Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan.

Opponents of abortion rights have long argued that public funds for services like cancer screenings and contraception should go solely to health clinics that don't provide abortions.

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This story has been updated on March 7, 2017.

Missouri State Senator David Sater is looking for ways to reduce the amount of money his state spends on Medicaid, because, as he sees it, “the Medicaid program is eating out lunch right now.”

His idea? To voluntarily cap the amount of Medicaid funding coming from the federal government. 


This spring and summer may be a doozy for Lyme disease, at least in parts of the Northeast.

"We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," says Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

Ostfeld has been studying the debilitating tick-borne disease for more than 20 years, and has developed an early warning system based on mice. For more on that, check out the piece in our sister blog, Goats and Soda.

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