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Health Industries Keep Careful Eye On Capitol Hill Action

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The flux surrounding the House health bill vote injects uncertainty into the health care stock markets while hospitals voice worries regarding the changes Republicans have proposed. Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president urges lawmakers to follow through with repeal efforts.

Conservative Republicans Demand That Essential Benefits Coverage Be Dropped

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A core piece of Obamacare is the requirement that insurers offer plans that cover basic health services like maternity care, mental health services, prescription drugs and hospital care. Some Republicans seek to lower costs and have more choice for health insurance sold to individuals by rolling back those requirements.

Rural Georgia Hospitals To See Financial Benefit From New Tax Increase

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In other state hospital news, executives for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health tout the economic benefits of merging the two facilities. And a Philadelphia hospital brings in puppies and kittens to relieve the stress of its medical staff.

‘Right-To-Try’ Advocates Help Pass Laws In 33 States As Movement Gains National Foothold

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Legislation to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments not approved by the Food and Drug Administration also have momentum in the other 17 states. Today’s other public health stories report developments on a potential sepsis treatment, a devicemaker’s redesigned medical scope, a link between breast implants and a deadly cancer and the latest on the bird flu outbreak.

Hospital Bills Due To Gun Injuries Cost $6.6 Billion Over Last 8 Years

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And that tally does not include expensive emergency room treatment. Today’s stories cover other public health news related to cancer and breast implants, Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, smoking, “synthetic biology,” teen marijuana use, heart disease and more.