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Sen. Capito: States and Congress need to battle opioids together

Sen. Capito: States and Congress need to battle opioids together

By Sen. Shelley Moore Capito  |  September 22, 2018

We understand that it is going to take a coordinated, all-hands-on-deck, community-focused effort to fight the opioid epidemic. And while our local leaders are at the forefront of that fight, Congress is by no means taking a back seat. In Washington, D.C., we are doing what we can to support and strengthen those community-led efforts across the country.

Sen. Blunt: Increasing funding to improve behavioral health

Sen. Blunt: Increasing funding to improve behavioral health

By Sen. Roy Blunt  |  September 22, 2018

Across the country, opioid overdoses and deaths have surged in recent years. In 2017, opioid overdose deaths hit a record high, taking the lives of 134 people every day. To save lives, we must maintain a federal response that is up to the challenge we're facing.

SWAT team superheroes drop by Colo. children's hospital

SWAT team superheroes drop by Colo. children's hospital

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 22, 2018

Members of the Aurora (Colo.) Police Department's SWAT team donned superhero costumes to rappel down the sides of Children's Hospital Colorado last week to surprise the young patients inside.

Sen. Murphy: 'Choose Medicare' should be an option for all Americans

Sen. Murphy: 'Choose Medicare' should be an option for all Americans

By Sen. Chris Murphy  |  September 22, 2018

Having Medicare as an option will force private insurance companies to be more competitive, bringing down costs for everyone. It also tests the idea that Medicare is the right benefit for everyone by allowing consumers and businesses to choose for themselves.

Q&A with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital CEO on expansion, public health

Q&A with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital CEO on expansion, public health

September 22, 2018

Like its namesake, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital isn't satisfied standing pat. The Hollywood, Fla., hospital is adding floors and has been pushing northward, expanding its services to Palm Beach County. New CEO Caitlin Beck Stella talks about the hospital's growth strategy.

Could deep-red Miss. expand Medicaid? 2019 will tell

Could deep-red Miss. expand Medicaid? 2019 will tell

September 22, 2018

A Mississippi state senator has introduced a bill to expand Medicaid every year since Obamacare went into effect, but so far it's been off the table. The 2019 governor's race could change the picture.

Providers tackle turnover amid vexing labor shortage

Providers tackle turnover amid vexing labor shortage

September 22, 2018

The healthcare industry is using financial assistance programs, employee ownership models and partnering with academic institutions to cope with high turnover along with simultaneous labor shortages.

Rep. Roskam: Modernize the Stark law to reflect changing times

Rep. Roskam: Modernize the Stark law to reflect changing times

By Rep. Peter Roskam  |  September 22, 2018

The Stark law is a 1980s-era policy originally intended to protect Medicare beneficiaries from excessive costs and other potential harms. However, we've seen this law driving up costs and creating additional, unnecessary regulatory burdens for healthcare providers.

Rep. DeLauro: One thing President Trump must do to protect coverage

Rep. DeLauro: One thing President Trump must do to protect coverage

By Rep. Rosa DeLauro  |  September 22, 2018

There are 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who would struggle to get quality, affordable health insurance, if not for the protections in the Affordable Care Act. It is imperative for President Donald Trump to stop sabotaging the ACA.


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