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Voters, candidates at odds on healthcare

Voters, candidates at odds on healthcare

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 22, 2015

Several GOP candidates have signaled they'll campaign on conservative approaches to healthcare reform, but it's not at all clear that they will have much resonance with voters, who have indicated that the healthcare issues they care most about now are the ones that affect their pocketbooks.

Money and time needed to bring more doctors to VA

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 20, 2015

The effort to recruit and train physicians to tend to the specific and often very locally focused needs of VA patients is slow-going despite its fast-track implementation, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.

Mental health advocates dare to believe in Congress

Mental health advocates dare to believe in Congress

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 14, 2015

Lawmakers may actually agree enough on mental health reform issues to get a bill through Congress this session, but the challenge of paying for it could still kill the efforts.

CMS approves California fix for Medicaid pregnancy glitch

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 13, 2015

California has received approval from the Obama administration to extend full Medicaid coverage to low-income pregnant women, patching an odd glitch in the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion.

Two N.J. systems sue state over emergency services law

Two N.J. systems sue state over emergency services law

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 01, 2015

Two New Jersey health systems are suing the state, contending a new law unfairly takes away their role as advanced emergency medical service providers in their service areas.

Bills related to behavioral health are piling up on the Hill

By Shannon Muchmore  |  July 31, 2015

Several bills dealing with treatment of substance abuse and behavioral health issues plus initiatives to move the mentally ill out of jails and prisons and into the healthcare system have been introduced with bipartisan support in both chambers.

House approves funding to close VA shortfall

By Shannon Muchmore  |  July 31, 2015

House representatives have agreed to the Veterans Affairs Department's request to shift part of the federal budget to keep VA hospitals open. The House included a late amendment to reallocate $3.5 billion to the VA's Choice program as part of the highway-funding bill.

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