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Federal Plan To Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure Falls Short, Experts Say

Childhood lead experts across the country panned a federal action plan to reduce childhood lead exposure that the Trump administration unveiled on Wednesday, criticizing the strategy’s shortcomings, including its failure to commit to the elimination of lead poisoning, update federal standards and regulations with concrete timelines, and specify funding sources to implement its goals. Environmental […]

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Despite Court Ruling To Eliminate Obamacare, States Plan To Expand Healthcare For The Poor

By Christine Vestal The three red states — Idaho, Nebraska and Utah — that bucked their own Republican legislatures last month and approved Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act are likely to proceed, despite Friday’s ruling by a federal judge in Texas that the entire federal health care law is unconstitutional. Even in Montana, […]

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Bernie Sanders And Ro Khanna Have A New Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Rip-Offs

The problem with prescription drugs is simple: The U.S. government bestows long-term monopolies on pharmaceutical companies, immunizing them from the forces of market competition and public regulation. As a result, Americans shoulder the highest drug prices in the world while receiving significantly poorer public health outcomes than most of the developed world. There are a […]

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Hurricanes Are A Relapse Danger For Drug Users, But Experts Have A Plan For Florence

In Wilmington, North Carolina, Robert Childs went to Home Depot to get supplies to board up the windows on his home before he fled the city for Atlanta in advance of Hurricane Florence.  “During the storm, everything gets disrupted,” said Childs, a drug policy consultant at the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. “It’s about getting everyone to […]