<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:10:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Latest: Revised bill cuts deficit reduction in half]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-revised-bill-cuts-deficit-reduction-in-half/article/feed/451430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-revised-bill-cuts-deficit-reduction-in-half/article/feed/451430?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts say changes Republican leaders have proposed in their health care bill to win House votes have cut the measure's deficit reduction by more than half.

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the new version would reduce federal shortfalls by $150 billion over the next decade. That's $186 billion less than the original bill.

The deficit reduction figures dropped mostly because the updated measure has additional tax breaks and makes Medicaid benefits more generous for some older and disabled people.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:35:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Death rates up for middle age whites with little education]]> http://gazette.com/death-rates-up-for-middle-age-whites-with-little-education/article/feed/451381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/death-rates-up-for-middle-age-whites-with-little-education/article/feed/451381?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.

The new paper by two Princeton University economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, concludes that the trend is driven by the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with a high school diploma or less.

The economists also argue that dwindling job opportunities have triggered broader problems for this group. They are more likely than their college-educated counterparts, for example, to be unemployed, unmarried or suffering from poor health.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:14:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump]]> http://gazette.com/obamacare-repeal-vote-put-off-in-stinging-setback-for-trump/article/feed/451394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obamacare-repeal-vote-put-off-in-stinging-setback-for-trump/article/feed/451394?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

The White House insisted the House vote would still happen — Friday morning instead — but with opposition flowing from both strongly conservative and moderate-leaning GOP lawmakers, that was far from assured.

The delay was announced after Trump, who ran for president as a master deal-maker, failed to close the deal with a group of fellow Republicans in the first major legislative test of his presidency.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:13:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Will final health care deal match Trump's campaign pitch?]]> http://gazette.com/will-final-health-care-deal-match-trumps-campaign-pitch/article/feed/451493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-final-health-care-deal-match-trumps-campaign-pitch/article/feed/451493?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. But could he wind up with a plan that doesn't line up with some other campaign promises?

As the tumultuous negotiations dragged on Thursday, the White House said it had agreed to a key demand from House lawmakers in the conservative Freedom Caucus — removing the federal mandate that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:57:29 -0600 <![CDATA[NHL suspends Sabres defenseman Ristolainen 3 games]]> http://gazette.com/nhl-suspends-sabres-defenseman-ristolainen-3-games/article/feed/451492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nhl-suspends-sabres-defenseman-ristolainen-3-games/article/feed/451492?custom_click=rss BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for three games following his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sustaining a concussion.

The fine costs Buffalo's top defenseman $90,000 in a ruling announced Thursday, shortly after Ristolainen had a hearing with the league's department of player safety.

The hit occurred about nine minutes into Pittsburgh's 3-1 win at Buffalo on Tuesday.

Guentzel was exiting Pittsburgh's zone when a pass intended for him was broken up along the left boards. As Guentzel turned to look back, he was bowled over by Ristolainen.

Guentzel got up briefly before stumbling to the ice and didn't return after being esc

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:36:37 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote']]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-law-professor-gorsuch-wont-be-robotic-vote/article/feed/451442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-law-professor-gorsuch-wont-be-robotic-vote/article/feed/451442?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court."

Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, is telling senators at a confirmation hearing Thursday that presidents have tended to avoid nominating candidates who might attract opposition. He says nominees often have little record of questioning conventional theories or even of raising interesting ideas.

He says Gorsuch has debated and opined on some of the toughest questions in recent

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:01:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to Trump, Ryan]]> http://gazette.com/health-bill-vote-delayed-in-house-in-setback-to-trump-ryan/article/1599556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-bill-vote-delayed-in-house-in-setback-to-trump-ryan/article/1599556?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.

The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes.

The bill could still come to a vote in coming days, but canceling Thursday's vote was a significant defeat. It came on the seven-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act, years that Republicans have devoted to promising

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:54:11 -0600
<![CDATA[A winner in GOP plans to repeal Obamacare: tanning salons, including one in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/a-winner-in-gop-plans-to-repeal-obamacare-tanning-salons-including-one-in-colorado-springs/article/1599553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-winner-in-gop-plans-to-repeal-obamacare-tanning-salons-including-one-in-colorado-springs/article/1599553?custom_click=rss

As Republicans try to shore up support for their health care overhaul, one group can't wait for the replacement: owners of tanning salons.

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning as a way to help fund provisions of the law that expanded coverage for some 20 million Americans. The so-called tan tax took a heavy toll on the industry.

Nearly 10,000 salons closed in the U.S. since Obama's law went into effect, representing about 55 percent of all salons operating at the time. Salon owners now expect relief.

Ric Rooney, who operates an upscale tanning salon in Colorado Springs, Colorado, estimates the tax cost him nearly $100,000 over the past five years.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:24:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap]]> http://gazette.com/republican-health-bill-would-widen-americas-big-wealth-gap/article/feed/451395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/republican-health-bill-would-widen-americas-big-wealth-gap/article/feed/451395?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.

Over the past quarter century, only one group of people has seen significant increases in income — those at the very top. Families in the middle or at the bottom of the economic ladder have seen little or no increase in wages.

And since 2000, most middle- and low-income families have seen their incomes drop, when inflation is taken into account, according to Census Bureau data.

The GOP health bill exacerbates those disparities, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:05:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers]]> http://gazette.com/some-of-the-youngest-opioid-victims-are-curious-toddlers/article/1599537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-of-the-youngest-opioid-victims-are-curious-toddlers/article/1599537?custom_click=rss

MILWAUKEE — Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers.

No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just one opioid pill, chews it and releases the full concentration of a time-released adult drug into their small bodies, death can come swiftly.

These are some of the youngest victims of the nation's opioid epidemic — children under age 5 who die after swallowing opioids. The number of children's deaths is still small relative to the overall toll from opioids, but toddler fatalities have climbed steadily over the last 10 years.

In 2000, 14 children in the U.S. under

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:57 -0600
<![CDATA[A winner in GOP plans to repeal Obamacare: tanning salons]]> http://gazette.com/a-winner-in-gop-plans-to-repeal-obamacare-tanning-salons/article/feed/451396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-winner-in-gop-plans-to-repeal-obamacare-tanning-salons/article/feed/451396?custom_click=rss

As Republicans try to shore up support for their health care overhaul, one group can't wait for the replacement: owners of tanning salons.

The Affordable Care Act imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning to help fund provisions of the law that expanded coverage for some 20 million Americans.

Nearly 10,000 salons closed in the U.S. since President Barack Obama's law went into effect, representing about 55 percent of all salons operating at the time. Salon owners now expect relief.

The tax, similar to those imposed on tobacco and alcohol, also was meant to discourage a practice known to increase the risk of cancer.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:04:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Day heads home as his mother faces lung cancer surgery]]> http://gazette.com/day-heads-home-as-his-mother-faces-lung-cancer-surgery/article/feed/451388?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/day-heads-home-as-his-mother-faces-lung-cancer-surgery/article/feed/451388?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six holes into his opening match, Jason Day walked off the golf course.

It was the fourth time in the last three years that he withdrew in the middle of a tournament.

Only this was different.

Physically, he never felt better. Emotionally, he was a wreck.

Day walked briskly toward the media center at the Dell Technologies Match Play and before he could speak, the Australian began wiping tears from his face. He revealed that his mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the start of the year, was having surgery Friday and he couldn't keep his mind off it.

"It's really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she's gone through," Day said.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:49:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown]]> http://gazette.com/leaders-need-votes-for-health-bill-on-eve-of-house-showdown/article/feed/451243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leaders-need-votes-for-health-bill-on-eve-of-house-showdown/article/feed/451243?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates ahead of a showdown vote.

Trump huddled at the White House with 18 lawmakers, a mix of supporters and opponents, Vice President Mike Pence saw around two dozen and House GOP leaders held countless talks with lawmakers at the Capitol. The sessions came as leaders rummaged for votes on a roll call they can ill-afford to lose without diminishing their clout for the rest of the GOP agenda.

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:58:28 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Pa. moderate Dent to vote no on health bill]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-pa.-moderate-dent-to-vote-no-on-health-bill/article/feed/451288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-pa.-moderate-dent-to-vote-no-on-health-bill/article/feed/451288?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican health care overhaul (all times local):

11:10 p.m.

A prominent Republican moderate from Pennsylvania says he'll be voting against the GOP health care bill expected to go to the House floor Thursday.

Rep. Charlie Dent, whose district spans counties north and west of Philadelphia, said in a statement Wednesday night that the GOP's American Health Care Act "will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals."

Dent is urging the House to step back from what he calls"an arbitrary deadline" and try to come up with a better bill.

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:14:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado crackdown on homegrown pot advances]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-crackdown-on-homegrown-pot-advances/article/feed/451362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-crackdown-on-homegrown-pot-advances/article/feed/451362?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A Colorado plan to crack down on homegrown pot is rapidly heading to the governor's desk after lawmakers changed the bill to give pot patients more leeway.

A Senate committee vote 5-0 to set a statewide limit of 12 plants per residential property. That's down from 99 plants under current law.

The bill was changed to give medical marijuana patients and their caregivers up to 24 plants, if they register with the state and with local authorities. Currently, registration is required only if patients have more than 99 plants.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers from both parties have called the marijuana crackdown a top priority as the state awaits word of how the new federal administration plans to

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:14:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/ex-pharmacy-exec-convicted-in-deadly-meningitis-outbreak/article/feed/451275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-pharmacy-exec-convicted-in-deadly-meningitis-outbreak/article/feed/451275?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country.

Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business in an "extraordinarily dangerous" way by disregarding unsanitary conditions to boost production and make more money.

Cadden, president and co-founder of the now-closed New England Compounding Center, was charged with 25 counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy and other offenses under federal racketeering law.

After five days of deliberations, the jury refused to hold Cadden responsible for the deaths and cl

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:41:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Day leaves Match Play as mother battles lung cancer]]> http://gazette.com/day-leaves-match-play-as-mother-battles-lung-cancer/article/feed/451349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/day-leaves-match-play-as-mother-battles-lung-cancer/article/feed/451349?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Defending champion Jason Day tearfully withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play after six holes Wednesday so he could be with his mother when she has surgery for lung cancer.

Day said his mother, Dening, was diagnosed in Australia at the start of the year and told she had 12 months to live. He brought her to Ohio in the last month for more tests, hopeful that surgery would lead to a chance for a recovery.

"It's really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she's gone through," Day said after taking a moment to clear his voice and wipe tears from his face. "I'm glad I brought her over here. And it's been really hard to play golf lately this year. It's been very,

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:17:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-meat-exports-collapse-in-wake-of-inspection-scandal/article/feed/451329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-meat-exports-collapse-in-wake-of-inspection-scandal/article/feed/451329?custom_click=rss

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal.

Brazil is struggling to contain the scandal, in which investigators say that health inspectors were bribed to overlook expired meats and chemicals and that other products were added to meat to improve its appearance and smell. The government has largely tried to downplay the extent of the corruption, while also criticizing the federal police for how they have communicated about it.

The result has been a stampede away from Brazilian exports.

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:52:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs family adapts to reality of Type 1 diabetes as, one after one, children are diagnosed]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-adapts-to-reality-of-type-1-diabetes-as-one-after-one-children-are-diagnosed/article/1599209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-family-adapts-to-reality-of-type-1-diabetes-as-one-after-one-children-are-diagnosed/article/1599209?custom_click=rss

It was a cold, wet California winter and Julie Hayes, her husband, Bubba, and their five kids all were laid low by a nasty stomach virus. When a week went by and 3-year-old Ashley hadn't rallied like her twin sister and the rest of the family, Hayes started to worry. The toddler was wetting the bed, which she hadn't done in at least a year, and though she ate nonstop, never seemed to get full. She'd sleep half the day and wake exhausted.

Hayes explained the examples of uncharacteristic behavior to the emergency room doctor, who peered into Ashley's eyes, had her stick out her tongue, and asked if diabetes ran in the family.

"I looked at him and said, 'I don't even know what diabetes is," Hayes said.

That, and life as

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:40:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado hospitals, health care experts give GOP's repeal of Obamacare a shaky prognosis]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-hospitals-health-care-experts-give-gops-repeal-of-obamacare-a-shaky-prognosis/article/1599252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-hospitals-health-care-experts-give-gops-repeal-of-obamacare-a-shaky-prognosis/article/1599252?custom_click=rss

Margaret Sabin considers herself an optimist.

But, as Penrose-St. Francis Health Services' chief executive, she won't mince words about congressional Republicans' proposal to transform the nation's health care.

"Trust me, I'm extremely concerned," she said. "I want to be honest about that. I'm extremely concerned."

Health care providers and experts across Colorado and the Pikes Peak region voiced unease in recent days about the American Health Care Act - the House GOP's latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:07:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Survey: A big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening]]> http://gazette.com/survey-a-big-thing-marijuana-opponents-warned-you-about-is-definitely-not-happening/article/1599381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survey-a-big-thing-marijuana-opponents-warned-you-about-is-definitely-not-happening/article/1599381?custom_click=rss

A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters' propensity to use the drug.

The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that the 2016 rate of marijuana use was basically unchanged since 2012, when the state voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In the survey, researchers used the measure of "monthly use," asking students across all grade levels whether they'd used the drug within the past month.

The survey's numbers show that neither the vote for legalization nor the opening of pot shops in 2014 have had any measurable effect on the rate of marijuana use among teenagers in the state.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:14:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Doctors urge more exercise for pregnant women in new report]]> http://gazette.com/doctors-urge-more-exercise-for-pregnant-women-in-new-report/article/1599383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctors-urge-more-exercise-for-pregnant-women-in-new-report/article/1599383?custom_click=rss

Old health advice often dies hard. This is particularly true — perhaps dangerously so — of historic advice for pregnant women, according to a new Viewpoint published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Most adults remember the traditional guidelines for expectant mothers. Get as much rest as possible during your pregnancy, even prolonged bed rest if complications arise. At the same time, “eat for two” — you and your developing child. According to the new report, however, “these misguided recommendations” have “evolved into a major contributor to the worldwide obesity epidemic.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:12:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Allergy season is about to bloom; these steps can reduce the suffering]]> http://gazette.com/allergy-season-is-about-to-bloom-these-steps-can-reduce-the-suffering/article/1599363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/allergy-season-is-about-to-bloom-these-steps-can-reduce-the-suffering/article/1599363?custom_click=rss

For some, a warm winter like this one means that allergy season is hovering.

It's estimated that about 50 million Americans fight seasonal allergies. An allergy is essentially the immune system responding to a trigger. Triggers can be something in the environment such as mold or pollen or a food we eat such as peanuts or eggs.

There are so many factors that can cause someone to suffer from allergies, and the exact science isn't precisely understood. It also doesn't help that everyone's body is different.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:45:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Republicans modify Obamacare repeal bill to win more GOP votes]]> http://gazette.com/republicans-modify-obamacare-repeal-bill-to-win-more-gop-votes/article/1599359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/republicans-modify-obamacare-repeal-bill-to-win-more-gop-votes/article/1599359?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON— Top House Republicans hunting votes for their health care overhaul are proposing amendments aimed at providing more help for older people, curbing Medicaid and accelerating the repeal of some tax increases.
The bill would let people deduct more medical costs from taxes. It would repeal many tax increases boosted by President Barack Obama's 2010 statute this year instead of 2018.

Older and disabled Medicaid recipients would get more generous benefits. But states could impose work requirements on the program.

The bill would let the Senate approve tax credits more generous to people age 50 to 64. Congressional analysts say the current GOP legislation would hit many with big cost increases.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:12:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill]]> http://gazette.com/paul-ryan-more-help-for-older-people-needed-in-gop-health-bill/article/1599260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-ryan-more-help-for-older-people-needed-in-gop-health-bill/article/1599260?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis last week concluded that older people would likely pay higher premiums under the proposal to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Ryan says he believes the CBO analysis is not accurate but agreed that people in their 50s and 60s experience higher health care costs.

The Wisconsin Republican says "we believe we should offer more assistance than what the bill currently does" and that it's one of several possible revisions to help round up enough House votes for the bill.

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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:14:49 -0600
<![CDATA[A father went to the hospital with stomach pain. He left without his hands and feet]]> http://gazette.com/a-father-went-to-the-hospital-with-stomach-pain.-he-left-without-his-hands-and-feet/article/1599216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-father-went-to-the-hospital-with-stomach-pain.-he-left-without-his-hands-and-feet/article/1599216?custom_click=rss

When Kevin Breen first complained about feeling achy and tired, his wife couldn't help but wonder whether he was trying to wiggle out of a busy day of family responsibilities.

It was Christmas Day, and Breen — an active 44-year-old whose idea of relaxing is going water skiing on Lake Michigan or playing pickup basketball — is rarely short on energy.

But the Grand Rapids, Mich., resident insisted he really was feeling ill. And two days after his vague, flulike symptoms had begun, they'd taken on a strange new form: a razor-sharp stomach pain so powerful that Breen could no longer walk.

Julie Breen, 33, took her husband to the emergency room, where initial tests for strep throat and the flu came back

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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:26:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost]]> http://gazette.com/cholesterol-drug-cuts-heart-risks-spurs-new-debate-on-cost/article/1599169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cholesterol-drug-cuts-heart-risks-spurs-new-debate-on-cost/article/1599169?custom_click=rss

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.

Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap and lower LDL or bad cholesterol, but some people can't tolerate or get enough help from them. The new drug, Amgen's Repatha, is given as a shot once or twice a month and is part of a novel class of medicines that drop LDL to unprecedented levels.

It costs more than $14,000 a year, and insurers have balked at paying without proof that it lowers heart risks, not just the cholesterol number. The new study gives that evidence, but the benefit is not as great as some doctors had

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:04:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: Under GOP health plan, 600,000 Coloradans eventually lose Medicaid coverage]]> http://gazette.com/report-under-gop-health-plan-600000-coloradans-eventually-lose-medicaid-coverage/article/1599096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-under-gop-health-plan-600000-coloradans-eventually-lose-medicaid-coverage/article/1599096?custom_click=rss

Nearly 600,000 Coloradans will likely lose Medicaid coverage and become uninsured by 2030 under the Congressional Republicans' latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, a report released Thursday found.

The coverage losses come as Colorado faces a $14 billion drop in federal Medicaid funding by the year 2030 under the proposed law, which slashes money for the program while capping future funding levels.

The analysis of the proposed American Health Care Act was released Thursday by the Colorado Health Institute, a Denver-based research institute that does not lobby or take positions on proposed legislation.

Few options exist to avoid dropping coverage of one-third of the state's Medicaid enrollees, said Joe

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:22:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado House gives first OK to 12-month supply of contraceptives]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-house-gives-first-ok-to-12-month-supply-of-contraceptives/article/1599063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-house-gives-first-ok-to-12-month-supply-of-contraceptives/article/1599063?custom_click=rss

A bipartisan bill to allow women to get a year's worth of a prescription contraceptive with one pharmacy visit breezed through an initial vote on the House floor Thursday.

Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Littleton, raised a logical question: Why just birth control?

She voted against House Bill 1186 in the committee, after she quizzed insurance companies on why people who have standing prescriptions for illnesses such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure still have to trek to the pharmacy every or every three months by mail.

"I would like to see some equality," Ransom said. "If people want to go in and get a year's worth of any prescription I don't understand why we're singling out one certain area.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:24:21 -0600
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Michael O'Neil, the class clown, the funny guy in the office, the consummate jokester, gets serious when he talks about the past year.

On March 16, 2016, the 30-year-old defense contract project manager and business developer stared at the scale.

For the first time in his life, the number "300" stared back.

"After being fat for so long, you start to accept yourself as big," O'Neil said. "But I always told friends that if I ever see that number, I'm going to have to do something."

He didn't know if he could, though. "I didn't believe I was going to be able to actually commit to getting healthy and making that life change."

But the day marked a turning point for O'Neil.

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