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Congresswoman Wants VA to Cover in Vitro

by Kevin Derby / November 28, 2016

This week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., in urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover veterans whose wounds prevent them from having children by expanding Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) coverage, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The VA hasn’t […]

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Ailing Floridians Fear Obamacare Repeal Under Trump

by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press / November 30, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sherry Riggs didn’t stay awake to find out who the next president would be. Her heart literally couldn’t take it. Riggs, a 55-year-old barber, has been ordered to avoid stress after a heart attack and bypass surgery last month. Last year, she had a stent put in, paid for by insurance […]

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Better Data, Lifting Barriers to Improve Access

by Steven Ross Johnson / November 28, 2016

In order to address racial and ethnic health inequities among Medicare beneficiaries, healthcare organizations must gather better data, provide patients with information in their native language and make it easier for people with disabilities to enter healthcare facilities. Those are some of the top findings in a new report released last week by the CMS. […]

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Study of Promising HIV Vaccine Begins

/ November 30, 2016

The first HIV vaccine efficacy study to launch anywhere in seven years is now testing whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents HIV infection among South African adults. The study, called HVTN 702, involves a new version of the only HIV vaccine candidate ever shown to provide some protection against the virus. HVTN 702 aims […]

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Idaho System to Hire 100 in 5 Years

by Associated Press / November 28, 2016

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The St. Luke’s health system plans to hire at least 100 health professionals over the next five years to work in Twin Falls, Jerome and Ketchum. A growing population and a need for specialty treatment are driving the hiring of doctors, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, spokeswoman Debbie Kytle told The […]

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Md. Marijuana Panel Seeks Diversity Consultant

by Brian Witte, Associated Press / November 30, 2016

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Maryland’s medical marijuana commission is taking steps toward evaluating minority participation in the state’s nascent cannabis industry, the panel’s executive director said after critics complained of a lack of minority-owned businesses among finalists to grow and process the drug. Patrick Jameson said key factors are still evolving and changing by the […]


A “Connection Maker” Helps Apache Community

by Joaquin Ray Gallegos

My name is Joaquin Ray Gallegos and I am from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Pueblo of Santa Ana. I was raised to be a connection-maker. Each American Indian and Alaska Native student and youth is a rare solution to the unrest and problems that grip society today. Read More

Trump Presidency Risks Health of Asian American and Islanders

by Kathy Ko Chin, Ben D’Avanzo

While the details of President-elect Donald Trump’s policy plans have been vague, he campaigned that “repealing and replacing” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be one of his top priorities. This campaign pledge echoed legislative proposals introduced by Congressional Republicans since the bill’s passage, and who now have majority control over both the House of […]