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Planned Parenthood appeals Iowa ban on telehealth medication abortions
By Time | August 29, 2014
On Thursday, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed an appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court over a ban that outlaws a video-conferencing system Planned Parenthood provides for medication abortions.
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White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents
By Reuters | August 29, 2014
The White House has ordered federally funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs and review their safety and security protocols, according to a memo released on Thursday.
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Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor for privacy violations
By Idaho Statesman (Boise) | August 29, 2014
A federal agency is investigating whether Optum Idaho, a unit of United Behavioral Health, has violated patient-privacy laws. Optum took over insurance management for Idaho Medicaid's mental-health and substance-abuse patients last fall. Local healthcare providers who treat those patients say Optum...
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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp cures 100% of lab monkeys
By Reuters | August 29, 2014
The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp cured all 18 of the lab monkeys infected with the deadly virus, including those suffering the fever and hemorrhaging characteristic of the disease and just hours from death, scientists reported on Friday.
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Texas law could lead to closures of clinics that offer abortions
By NPR | August 29, 2014
A federal judge in Austin, Texas, will issue a decision in the next few days about whether clinics that perform abortions in the state must become outpatient surgery centers. The Texas law is part of a national trend in which state legislatures seek to regulate doctors and their offices instead of...
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Ebola could eventually afflict over 20,000, WHO says
By New York Times | August 28, 2014
As the tally of deaths from the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus continues its seemingly inexorable rise, the World Health Organization said on Thursday that the epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people—almost seven times the current number of reported...
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Texas files second lawsuit against Xerox
By Texas Tribune (Austin, Texas) | August 28, 2014
The state of Texas announced a second lawsuit against former contractor Xerox, alleging the company failed to turn over client health records relating to its operation of the state Medicaid program.
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Minnesota docs must report dense breast tissue on mammograms
By Minneapolis Star Tribune | August 28, 2014
The standard “all-clear” letter sent after mammograms to tell women they are cancer-free is going to contain new and potentially troubling information for thousands of Minnesota women—the disclosure that they have dense tissue in their breasts that could cloud their cancer...
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How you end up spending $800 million on HealthCare.gov
By Washington Post | August 28, 2014
The Affordable Care Act has proven to be its own kind of jobs act. When, in several places, the bill called for the creation of an "Internet website" to allow Americans to find and sign up for new health insurance coverage, it opened the tap on hundreds of millions of dollars that would eventually...
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Obamacare has a CEO tax — and it just raised $72 million
By Vox.com | August 27, 2014
A little-known Obamacare tax on health insurance executives' salaries raised $72 million in new revenue last year. For decades now, the U.S. limited the corporation tax deduction for executive pay to $1 million for the company's top four employees. That deduction cap, however, excluded performance...
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