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CMS Acts to Help with Typhoon Yutu Emergency Response
Oct 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced support for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the wake of Typhoon Yutu. Actions include temporarily waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements, creating special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare immediately, and ensuring access for dialysis patients.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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Hoeven Welcomes Passage Of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA)
Oct 10, 2018 - Release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs announcing the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act which will ensure support for water resource development projects in tribal communities. The bill passed the House in September and is now being forwarded for signature by President Trump.
Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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'You Just Don't Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary'
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses national water quality concerns related to infrastructure as well as environmental contamination, focusing on a Kentucky town near the West Virginia border to illustrate the issue. Most of the nation's pipes have reached their life expectancy point, but replacing the system would be incredibly expensive. Some water systems are privately owned as well, making infrastructure upgrades more complicated.
Source: NPR
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Bad Air And Inadequate Data Prove An Unhealthy Mix
Sep 21, 2018 - Discusses efforts by local health and environmental groups in San Joaquin Valley, California to monitor air quality. They have distributed 20 monitors that allow residents to see in real-time if they need to take extra precautions before leaving the house.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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