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With CHIP In Limbo, Here Are 5 Takeaways On The Congressional Impasse

Two months past its deadline, Congress has yet to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, leaving several states scrambling for cash. Lawmakers grappling with the failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act allowed authorization of the program to lapse on Sept. 30. Although CHIP has always had broad bipartisan support, the House and Senate cannot agree on how to continue federal funding. And the Trump administration has been mostly silent on the issue. CHIP benefits 9 million children nationwide and 370,000 pregnant women a year. It helps lower- and middle-income families that otherwise earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid....

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Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour

Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour By Katie Silver Health reporter, BBC News 1 December 2017 From the section Health Image copyright Getty Images The Welsh and Scottish health ministers want Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to make it compulsory for UK suppliers of flour to fortify it with folic acid. In a joint letter, they argue this will help reduce neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. Figures from Food Standards Scotland show roughly four out of five women of childbearing age in the two nations are deficient in the key...

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Anger as India doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead

Anger as India doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead 1 December 2017 From the section India Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors declared the infant dead, hours after his still-born twin A newborn baby, declared dead by a hospital in the Indian capital Delhi, was found to be alive while they were on their way to his funeral. Doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead hours after his twin who was stillborn. The parents said they noticed one of the babies squirming inside the plastic bag that doctors placed the infants in. The incident...

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Whistleblower: Medicaid Managed-Care Firm Improperly Denied Care To Thousands

In early October, an executive at one of the nation’s largest physician-practice management firms handed her bosses the equivalent of a live grenade — a 20-page report that blew up the company and shook the world of managed care for poor patients across California. For years, she wrote, SynerMed, a behind-the-scenes administrator of medical groups and managed-care contracts, had improperly denied care to thousands of patients — most of them on Medicaid — and falsified documents to hide it. The violations were “widespread, systemic in nature,” according to the confidential Oct. 5 report by the company’s senior director of compliance,...

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