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Advocates cry foul over move to terminate immigrants' health coverage

Two immigrant groups bring civil rights complaints with the Department of Health and Human Services to block the cancellations for about 115,000 people who bought coverage through healthcare.gov but whose immigration status the government hasn't been able to verify. [More]
UMD gets NIH grant to study how neurons process sensory information

UMD gets NIH grant to study how neurons process sensory information

A University of Maryland-led research team has been awarded a three-year $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new imaging technologies and data analysis techniques that will further our understanding of how large networks of neurons in the brain interact to process sensory information. [More]
Rapid and coordinated response aids in controlling Ebola outbreak in Nigeria

Rapid and coordinated response aids in controlling Ebola outbreak in Nigeria

The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria appears to be nearing a possible end thanks to a rapid response coordinated by Nigeria's Emergency Operations Center with assistance from international partners, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [More]
Federal database on physician quality ratings comes up short, experts say

Federal database on physician quality ratings comes up short, experts say

The database, which was created by the health law, offers only the most basic information, according to USA Today. [More]
Research!America to recognize distinguished research advocates with Advocacy Awards

Research!America to recognize distinguished research advocates with Advocacy Awards

Research!America's 19th annual Advocacy Awards will honor distinguished research advocates who are trailblazers in advancing medical progress to improve the health and economic security of our nation. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. [More]
Seven NIH research contracts awarded to identify novel adjuvant candidates

Seven NIH research contracts awarded to identify novel adjuvant candidates

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded seven research contracts to discover and characterize new adjuvants, or substances formulated as part of vaccines to enhance their protective ability. [More]

Report: Finding care is difficult for some new Medicaid enrollees

State standards for access to care for Medicaid recipients vary widely and are rarely enforced, says a soon-to-be released report by the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general. Meanwhile, Tennessee's governor pursues Medicaid expansion talks, and confusion continues in Pennsylvania about what benefits will be available to enrollees in that state's expansion plan. [More]
Aspen Dental expands operations with a new dental office in Hermitage, Tennessee

Aspen Dental expands operations with a new dental office in Hermitage, Tennessee

A new Aspen Dental office is opening in Hermitage, TN on Thursday, October 2. Located at 4054 Lebanon Pike, the conveniently located practice will provide dental services that range from implant services and dentures to general dentistry and restoration. [More]
New Aspen Dental office opened in Sebring, Florida

New Aspen Dental office opened in Sebring, Florida

A new Aspen Dental office is opening in Sebring, FL on Thursday, October 2. Located at 1855 US 27 North, the conveniently located practice will provide dental services that range from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. [More]
Christiana Care Health System wins 2014 Health Devices Achievement Award

Christiana Care Health System wins 2014 Health Devices Achievement Award

ECRI Institute is pleased to announce Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE, as the winner of its 9th Annual Health Devices Achievement Award. [More]

Civitis Solutions acquires Mass Adult Day Health Alliance

The Mass Adult Day Health Alliance, the largest provider of adult day health programs for elders in Massachusetts, announced today that it has been acquired by Civitis Solutions Inc., a national organization of local health and human services providers that markets its services under the name The MENTOR Network. [More]
Viewpoints: Hospitals helped by Medicaid expansion; why GOP candidates back OTC contraceptives

Viewpoints: Hospitals helped by Medicaid expansion; why GOP candidates back OTC contraceptives

Now the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report showing that ... thanks to the Affordable Care Act, hospitals across the country will save $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs in 2014. [More]
Canadian government committed to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks

Canadian government committed to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, committed to continued efforts to strengthen global health security at the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) meeting in Washington, DC. [More]
State highlights: Calif. gov. vetoes bill limiting Medi-Cal estate recovery, signs birth control, inmate bills

State highlights: Calif. gov. vetoes bill limiting Medi-Cal estate recovery, signs birth control, inmate bills

In a blow to tens of thousands of low-income Californians newly enrolled in Medi-Cal under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have limited the state's seizure of assets from their estates after they die -- a legal wrinkle that most only discovered after they had signed up for the health care plan for the poor (Seipel, 9/25). [More]
Bioregional approach can help improve human and environmental health

Bioregional approach can help improve human and environmental health

In a paper published this week online in Global Society, researchers with University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Urban Studies and Planning Program, also at UC San Diego, present a bioregional guide that merges place-based (territorial) city planning and ecosystem management along the United States-Mexico border as way to improve human and environmental health. [More]
State highlights: N.C. lawmakers still talking about Medicaid revamp; changes to La. health plan for state workers stir controversy

State highlights: N.C. lawmakers still talking about Medicaid revamp; changes to La. health plan for state workers stir controversy

Legislators who couldn't agree this year on how to overhaul North Carolina's Medicaid program plan to spend more time talking about the issue before the General Assembly reconvenes early next year. A legislative oversight panel subcommittee charged with examining Medicaid reform and reorganization scheduled its first meeting Wednesday. Another oversight panel also examining Medicaid governance held its first meeting this month. The House and Senate approved differing versions of legislation to change how Medicaid pays for medical expenses by shifting risk from the state to either medical provider networks or private managed-care companies (9/24). [More]

White House 'reassessing' 2015 enrollment goals; major coverage gains made among Latinos

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Wednesday that the health law's insurance programs have reduced the nation's overall uninsured population by 26 percent. [More]
Viewpoints: New insurers suggest health law success; slow response on Ebola

Viewpoints: New insurers suggest health law success; slow response on Ebola

Before Obamacare launched, conservative outlets warned that the law would collapse as insurers shunned the overpriced, overregulated insurance exchanges. [More]
Study: Healthcare.gov costs top $2B

Study: Healthcare.gov costs top $2B

The finding by a Bloomberg Government analysis exceeds the cost estimates provided by the Obama administration. Meanwhile, an administration official says efforts are "continuing, step by step" to improve the health insurance website, but also steers clear of specific pledges. [More]
Administration: Health law brings down hospitals' uncompensated care costs

Administration: Health law brings down hospitals' uncompensated care costs

As part of a report released Wednesday, Obama administration officials cited evidence that hospitals are projected to save $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs as previously uninsured patients gain coverage through the health law. The savings are most significant in states that expanded their Medicaid programs. [More]