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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.

AMA Takes A Strong Stand Against The House Health Plan

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The physician organization maintained its opposition to the measure in a letter sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday, noting its continued concerns about the millions of people who would lose coverage if it becomes law. Meanwhile, Molina Healthcare’s chief executive is one of the few voices from the insurance industry protesting the Republican’s overhaul. Another industry — the tanning business — has high hopes for the legislation.

The Rules Have Changed: Exercise Is A Good Idea During Pregnancy

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Despite the traditional advice that rest is important, a group of researches offer guidelines for pregnant women about how best to gain benefits from exercising while they are expecting. In other news, a study finds that prenatal vitamins with DHA supplements don’t boost a baby’s brains and news on the marketing of vasectomies.

Obscure Medicaid Funding Provision In GOP Bill Roils New York Politics

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In an effort to attract more Republican votes for the Obamacare replacement bill, House leaders added a provision that shifts some costs from counties onto the state, and that is raising problems in Albany. Also in the news, the impact of adding a work requirement to Medicaid, managed care insurers’ reactions to the House legislation, fears in some states about losing expansion coverage and the effect of the Hill debate on efforts in Kansas to expand Medicaid.