CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

Funding for CHIP technically expired Oct. 1. Although both Democrats and Republicans said they wanted to continue the program, they could not agree on how to fund it.

Hospitals’ Best-Laid Plans Upended By Disaster

An onslaught of fires, shootings and storms across the country last year tested hospital readiness. Now, leaders are using their experiences to address shortcomings that surfaced amid the chaos.


University Under Fire For Off-The-Grid Herpes Vaccine Experiments

Southern Illinois University’s ethics panel launches “full” inquiry into herpes vaccine experiments on human subjects that took place offshore and in the U.S. without proper oversight by one of its professors, who has since died.

In Trump’s First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides Despite Setbacks

As a candidate, President Trump promised a ban on abortions that take place after 20 weeks and federal funding to Planned Parenthood, but Congress has not obliged. Still, other anti-abortion policy goals have been realized. They are anathema in California, which has a long history of supporting abortion rights.

How A Shutdown Might Affect Your Health

For some federal health programs, a shuttered government means business as usual. But the congressional impasse over funding will hit others hard.

Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death

The Seattle jurist finds that Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose evidence that it knew of concerns about cleaning problems with its redesigned medical scopes years before they hit the market and were linked to dozens of deaths. The company maintains the devices were not defective and intends to appeal.

Postcard From Sacramento

Gloves Off, Fists Up: Nurses Storm Capitol To Renew Single-Payer Fight

The state nurses union struck a defiant tone at a Capitol rally and hearing, promising to continue their in-your-face tactics until the legislature passes a bill to create universal health coverage in California.

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The State Of Marijuana Legalization

State and federal laws have conflicted on marijuana for many years. It remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, despite the fact that many states have substantially decriminalized its use. Eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, although the District of Columbia continues to ban sales. A total of 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.

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