Trump and Healthcare News

  • U.S. Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Teen Pregnancy Grant Cuts Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • Idaho Blue Cross Unveils Plans That Bypass ACA Rules Focus turns to whether the Trump administration will challenge Idaho’s move to allow such plans to be sold to individuals.
  • For One U.S. Immigrant Family, Short-term Public Aid Meant Long-term Security When Abosede Akingbade Thomas, a Nigerian immigrant to the United States, was ordered to bed rest in 1981 during a difficult pregnancy, she followed her doctor's advice to sign up for food stamps and another aid program providing support to pregnant and nursing women.
  • U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States' longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump's administration.
  • Trump Budget Ups Funds to Fight Opioids, Cuts HHS The budget takes a four-pronged approach, according to the new HHS secretary, with the fight against opioid abuse gaining some funding, while other departments may take some hits for 2019.
  • U.S. Budget Deals Grants $1.5 Bln for Opioid-addicted Babies, Families A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.
  • Trump Administration May Target Immigrants Who Use Food Aid, Other Benefits The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.
  • Alert Trump Signs Budget Deal, Cuts Medicare Fee in 2019 The package also extends many health programs that had expired, repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and adds $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic.
  • Britain Defends Healthcare System After Trump Twitter Attack U.S. President Donald Trump drew a fierce reaction from angry Britons, including health minister Jeremy Hunt, on Monday after criticizing Britain's publicly funded healthcare system as "going broke and not working".
  • N. Korea Threats Spur U.S. Search for New Radiation Therapies The escalating threat of a potential nuclear war between North Korea and the United States has led the Department of Defense to join hands with a clutch of companies in developing more effective medical treatments for acute radiation syndrome.
  • Anthem Promises More 2018 Growth and Long-term Drug Savings Health insurer Anthem Inc promised investors 2018 earnings above Wall Street estimates on Wednesday and said plans are on track to save at least $4 billion a year on drug costs by building its own pharmacy benefit management company.
  • Medical Community Has Sparse Reaction to State of the Union Despite comments from some corners about the opioid epidemic, drug prices, and right-to-try laws, many medical organizations have stayed out of the fray.
  • In Lebanese Camp for Palestinian Refugees, Fears After Aid Cut In Burj al-Barajneh camp, Amira Nassar fears for the future after the United States cut aid to the U.N. agency that helps her and many others among the estimated 170,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
  • Alert CDC Director Resigns After Tobacco Stock Trades The resignation comes a day after Politico reported that Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, had bought interests in tobacco, drug, and food companies early into the job.
  • Alert Trump Highlights Drug Prices, Opioid Crisis in State of the Union The president also urged Congress to pass a right-to-try law granting the terminally ill access to experimental therapies.
  • New York, Minnesota Sue Trump Admin to Block Healthcare Funding Cuts New York and Minnesota have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration from cutting off federal funding for state programs that provide healthcare to hundreds of thousands of low-income people.
  • Roche Chairman Sees Opportunities for Drugmakers Under Trump Fears U.S. President Donald Trump could damage the drugs industry have not been realized and the administration's efforts to accelerate new medicine approvals will bolster the sector, the chairman of Swiss drugmaker Roche said.
  • U.S. EPA Reverses Policy on 'Major Sources' of Pollution The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.
  • U.S. Medicaid Work Rules Face Tough Legal Challenges, Experts Say A lawsuit challenging the U.S. federal government's approval of work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Kentucky could rein in the power of the Trump administration to reshape the health insurance program for the poor, legal experts said.
  • Massachusetts Federal Prosecutor Says Opioids Top Pot as Priority Massachusetts' new federal prosecutor on Wednesday said that he will not rule out prosecuting marijuana businesses in a state that has legalized the drug, but that his focus was on the opioid epidemic.

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