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Bringing Psychiatrists Into Schools Can Help Vulnerable Kids When They Need It Most

As the outreach counselor for Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri. Dana Harris’s job is connecting students with services when they have mental and emotional troubles such as ADHD, anxiety or depression.

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GOP Health Care Bill Could Hit Rural America Hard

Mar 21, 2017
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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.

“Well, I had a couple issues,” he says.

He’s putting it mildly.


In the midst of an opioid epidemic that continues to devastate families, a sliver of hope has arrived. Two long-term studies published Monday show that opioid use among teens and opioid poisonings among younger children are on the decline.

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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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