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Health Headlines for Tuesday, January 23

Do You Trust the Medical Profession?

New York Times

Trust, in each other and in American institutions, is vital for our social and economic well-being: It allows us to work, buy, sell and vote with some reasonable expectation that our behavior will be met with fairness and good will.

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An early look at how Medicare Advantage enrollment is shaping up in 2018

Fierce Healthcare

If the figures from January are any indication, Medicare Advantage is poised for another year of enrollment growth.

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Why don’t Americans get regular mental health checkups? It’s complicated.

NBC News

President Trump recently had his annual physical exam, and though he did undergo (and pass) cognitive screening tests to detect memory issues and dementia, there’s no evidence that he received a full mental health evaluation.

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CHIP is finally getting funded — after 114 days without a budget


The Senate is expected to pass Monday a bill extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for an additional six years, likely ending a funding crisis that has plagued the state-run health plan for the last four months.

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‘Misperceptions’ keep some from agreeing to donate organs after death


Although most Americans say they’re willing to be an organ donor after they die, some people never sign up because they’re unsure about what could happen to them in a medical emergency, according to a new study.

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Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

Associated Press

Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America’s lowest rates.

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Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

ABC News

The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country.

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There’s a Surprise in the Government Funding Bill: More Tax Cuts

New York Times

Congress is apparently not done cutting taxes, even after passing a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year.

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New York Has an Obligation to Continue the Legacy of Roe V. Wade

City & State NY Op-Ed

On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, a monumental step forward in enabling people to decide when and how they want to build their families and plan their futures.

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