Health Policy & News

A Dreamer's cancer battle influences her DACA activism

North Jersey Record

Sep 05, 2018

Cinthia Osorio recently started a social work job that offers health insurance. But a cancer diagnosis just days after the Trump administration planned to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program underscored the precariousness of her situation.

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Medical Society Statement on EPA Proposed Rule

Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health | George Mason University

Aug 22, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule ignores or outright rejects the overwhelming scientific evidence on the profound health and environmental risks of dirty fossil fuels. This plan is negligent in responding to the health harms of air pollution and climate change, even while the EPA’s own assessment of the plan forecasts there will be a large increase in the number of Americans dying from air pollution.

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Promising Policies and Practices To Address Tobacco Use by Persons with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

CDC, Office on Smoking and Health

Aug 17, 2018

In this resource, the CDC reviews successful programs in Oklahoma, Texas, Hawaii and New York that help individuals with mental health and substance use disorders quit tobacco.

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Tell your story through the CDC Tips From Former Smokers Campaign


Aug 12, 2018

The CDC is recruiting individuals to be featured in their Tips From Former Smokers Campaign. Over the past few years, real people have shared their stories about how smoking has affected them. Those stories have inspired more than half a million people to quit smoking for good.

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CDC Report Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jun 08, 2018

Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30% since 1999, and mental health conditions are one of several factors contributing to suicide.

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CMS Unveils Scorecard within Medicaid and CHIP Program

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jun 04, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first ever Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard, a central component of the Administration’s commitment to modernize the Medicaid and CHIP program through greater transparency and accountability for the program’s outcomes. For the first time, CMS published state Medicaid and CHIP quality metrics along with federally reported measures in a Scorecard format.

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