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H.R. 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/hr1628aspassed.pdf

Widely anticipated analysis of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives in May 2017.  Finds the bill if enacted into law would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion and cause 23 million people to lose health insurance coverage by 2026.  Also finds that by 2026 51 million people under age 65 would be without health insurance compared to 28 million under current law.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

African American Health: Creating Equal Opportunities for Health

Categories: African Americans,Health/Medical,Sudan

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aahealth/index.html

Reports that African Americans are living longer; the death rate has declined by 25% over the past 17 years.  Looks at some of the areas of improvement but also at areas where African American health is poorer than that of whites.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2016

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201705.pdf

The second half of 2016 marked the first time that a majority of American homes had only wireless telephones.  Preliminary results from the survey indicated that 50.8% of American homes did not have a landline telephone.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Advanced Gene Editing: CRISPR-Cas9

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44824.pdf

Discusses the nature, applications, and implications of a new gene editing technology.  Some experts assert that the current regime for regulating biotechnology products, the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, may be inadequate to deal with this approach. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/04/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-and-religious-liberty

Controversial presidential directive that executive agencies should not interfere in the exercise of political activity by religious organizations by such means as denying tax deductions or objecting to conscience-based opposition to preventive-care mandates.  From the White House

 

H.R.1628: The American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44785.pdf

The Congressional Budget Office has not yet released a report on the cost or effects of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives on 5/4/17, but an extensive examination of the provisions of the bill has been prepared by the Congressional Research Service.  Contains three tables that offer an overview of all AHCA provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Rates of New Diagnosed Cases of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes on the Rise Among Children, Teens

Categories: Children,Health/Medical,Youth

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0412-diabtes-rates.html

Reports on results of a study, the Search for Diabetes in Youth, which found a rise in the disease among children and teens, especially for minority groups.   From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Characteristics of U.S. Adults with Hypertension Who Are Unaware of Their Hypertension, 2011-2014

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db278.pdf

Presents recent national estimates of adults with hypertension who have not been told by a health care provider that they have high blood pressure. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

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