• President Donald Trump said nothing about healthcare or the pending repeal of his predecessor's signature law, the Affordable Care Act in his inaugural speech last week. During his address Friday, Trump touched on policy issues of immigration, infrastructure, crime and foreign relations as the change of power took place amid protest marches elsewhere in Washington and throughout the country. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and several others wore blue buttons on their lapels that read #ProtectOurCare, a reference to opposition of the GOP majority's promise to repeal the ACA. Shortly after Trump took office, the official White House website removed information on healthcare and climate change. Trump has called climate change “a hoax” despite significant scientific evidence of its effects.
Trump's inauguration speech short on specifics
• RWJBarnabas Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have proposed a strategic alliance that would create an improved network of pediatric care serving central and northern New Jersey. Leaders say the deal would improve access, delivery, quality and efficiency of pediatric health services and create the most comprehensive pediatric health network in the region. No funds or ownership will be exchanged. The deal will unite West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health's three children's hospitals with CHOP, which has 535 beds and was the nation's first pediatric hospital. The system said a formal partnership agreement is expected to be finalized in the near future, but didn't specify when.
• Texas was temporarily blocked from ousting Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015. The decision by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks adds Texas to the list of Republican-controlled states that have been thwarted in efforts to cut off Medicaid dollars to the nation's largest abortion provider. But Texas could still prevail—the court order is not a ruling but a delay that buys Planned Parenthood at least a few more weeks. Planned Parenthood would have lost the funding Saturday had Sparks not intervened.
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