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Join Cleveland rally for women's abortion-care access on Saturday: Angel Rucker (Opinion)
Ohioans have faced an onslaught of unconscionable restrictions designed to limit access to abortion for the women of our state, many passed by politicians in recent years, writes certified nurse practitioner Angel Rucker. Angel Rucker is a certified nurse practitionerAngel Rucker   The biggest lie I have ever been told about abortion was that I couldn't be both a good mother and a woman who has had an abortion. I've had three abortions, and I have a beautiful daughter, too. Now I know that isn't just possible, it happens all the time. I also am a health care provider at Preterm, which provides sexual health services including birth control, sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment, wellness care, and abortion care. Every day, I see the barriers to accessing health care faced by the women in our community. Ohioans have faced an onslaught of unconscionable restrictions designed to limit access to abortion for the women of our state, many passed by politicians in recent years. One of the oldest and harshest of these restrictions is the federal Hyde Amendment, which has been used to ban Medicaid coverage for low-income women. So while women enrolled in Medicaid have coverage for other reproductive services, one procedure is barred from being covered: abortion. Read more: Where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on abortion The impact of all these restrictions, including the Hyde Amendment, is clear: preventing low-income women, especially women of color, from making their own decisions about what is best for their families and their lives. For 40 years, politicians have used the Hyde Amendment to take away low-income women's ability to make meaningful decisions about pregnancy. This has caused real harm to women's health and lives, especially because so many women in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are qualified for Medicaid health insurance. We know that restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women nationally to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Women who are denied an abortion are more likely to slip into poverty. In my experience at Preterm, I have seen women in our community who have been forced to carry a pregnancy to term. I have also seen women who had to sell their possessions, lose their homes, and stay in abusive relationships in order to find the funds to access an abortion -- health care that should be their legal right. Many of these women experience judgment from the people who are closest to them. The good news is that we can raise our voices in support of abortion access here in Cleveland. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the eyes of the nation will once again turn to our city for a groundbreaking event: All Access. Sia to headline free abortion rights event at Wolstein Center as part of nationwide program Abortion-rights supporters from around the country will come together in Cleveland for All Access at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center, with satellite events in Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. The event will feature some of the biggest names in comedy and music, and shows support for abortion access. At All Access, people will show respect and support for women who have abortions and the important role that abortion care plays in the lives of women we know and love -- our daughters, mothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends. I am hopeful that it will be a powerful way to shift the conversation about abortion in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, away from judgment and shame and toward openness, affirmation, and love. Abortion is part of the spectrum of reproductive health care that every woman and family should have access to, regardless of their ability to pay. We have to stop whispering and instead raise our voices, and feel empowered to share our abortion stories boldly. As our region faces more than our share of poverty, we should be giving women the tools to live their lives with strength and dignity. Access to health care strengthens individual lives and whole communities. When I look back on my abortions, despite all the myths, I see my abortions as positive, life-affirming experiences that allowed me to live my best life. Many women view their experiences with abortion the same way. We all want to be able to make our own decisions about our families and our future. And however we may feel personally about abortion, none of us want politicians standing between a woman and her decisions about health care. Wednesday: Proposal would brand abortion as aggravated murder in Ohio Imagine living in a community where women have access to the health care they need. Imagine living in a community where women feel respected and valued. Imagine living in a community where all women have the ability to have children, not to have children, and to parent the children they have with dignity. That's the vision of Cleveland I'm striving for. That's the type of community we all want to live in. Please join me Saturday at All Access. Angel Rucker is a certified nurse practitioner and director of clinical services at Preterm in Cleveland.
566 points by The Plain Dealer | Health care Pregnancy Reproductive health Health care provider Health Health insurance Family planning Reproductive rights
Portland Public Schools employee tests positive for lead
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Multnomah County health officials say an adult employee with Portland Public Schools has tested positive for state action levels of lead. Tests for three other employees also indicated they had elevated levels of lead but two of the tests were found to be false positives. The ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Portland Oregon Health care Health care provider Type I and type II errors Lead poisoning Multnomah County Oregon Oregon Washington County Oregon
Teen wants to die. These groups are saying no.
Several groups have asked for child-protection authorities to investigate the case.         
6496 points by Arizona Republic | Disability Health care Medicine Spinal muscular atrophy Health care provider Muscle Self-advocacy Illness
Chase Brexton Health Care's board agrees to collective bargaining with new union
After a vote last week among workers at Chase Brexton Health Care to form a union, the health care provider's board of directors said Friday that it has voted to accept the outcome and move forward with collective bargaining."We recognize the past few weeks have been difficult for our organization...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Health care Health care provider Unfair labor practice National Labor Relations Act National Labor Relations Board Trade union Management Healthcare
Dr. Laurine Tibaldi of Health Plan of Nevada offers tips to stay healthy while on vacation
Dr. Laurine Tibaldi, chief medical officer of Health Plan of Nevada, has advice for staying healthy on vacation whatever time of year. Her information is valuable as travelers begin to worry about the Zika virus spreading globally, including in Nevada and the United States.
9 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Health care Medicine Health insurance Medicare Illness Health economics Medicare and Medicaid Health care provider
Teen's plan to die has disability groups seeking intervention
Several groups have asked for child-protection authorities to investigate the case.       
6496 points by USA Today | Disability Health care Medicine Spinal muscular atrophy Health care provider Muscle Self-advocacy Illness
Former physician assistant faces federal charges in opioid kickback scheme
A former physician assistant was paid more than $41,000 by a drug manufacturer in exchange for writing hundreds of prescriptions for a powerful fentanyl spray in New Hampshire, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Christopher Clough, 43, of Dover was arrested Friday and charged with conspirac...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Medical prescription Medicine Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal government of the United States Patient Health care Health care provider United States Department of Justice
Global challenge: How health care works around the world
In a doctor's waiting room in South London sit three people of varying ages and ethnicities, waiting among a sea of empty green plastic chairs.
-1 points by CNN | Medicine Health economics Health care Managed care Public health Health Healthcare Health care provider
Letter: Support single-payer
Support single-payerI write to thank Mike Bradley for his letter (Monitor Forum, March 18) in support of single-payer medical coverage for all. It is important for those who see this imperative to know we’re not alone, that we can and must keep the idea prominently in front of decision-makers. Even...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Health care Medicare Hospital Health insurance Health economics Illness Patient Health care provider
Kaiser to open Abingdon Medical Center in April
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States will open a new medical center in Harford County next month. Abingdon Medical Center, at 3400 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive, expands the health system's network of medical facilities as it looks to capture a greater portion of the state's health insurance...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Health care Medicine Health economics Insurance Health care provider Health insurance Baltimore County Maryland Healthcare reform
License of pot-friendly Illinois doctor placed on probation
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois physician has reached an agreement with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that limits his ability to make pot recommendations. In 2015, Illinois regulators contended Dr. Bodo Schneider charged patients for pot recommendations at offices in southern Illinois and suburban Chicago without a ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Physician Cannabis Patient Health care provider Tetrahydrocannabinol Cannabis sativa Legality of cannabis by country Medicine
President Trump is creating a more Divided States of America - Barb Sones: Speaking as a concerned citizen
Some of President Trump's actions in just his first week in office could have monumental impact, even on issues of life and death, writes Barb Sones. LYNDHURST, Ohio -- President Donald Trump's words have enormous power to unite or divide, fostering or eroding civility and public discourse. Unfortunately, his words thus far have served to create a more "Divided States of America."  Consider a few of his actions in just his first week in office and the monumental impact these could have, even on issues of life and death.   President Trump's first act was to start the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which, among other things, prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. (Though no replacement was offered, the president promised to keep some of its more popular provisions.) The ultimate repeal of Obamacare would affect some 20 million previously uninsured Americans who received expanded health coverage under Obamacare and who now face an uncertain future, with real life-and-death consequences. Will I be able to continue my chemotherapy regimen? Will my diabetic child receive the care she needs to grow into a healthy adult? And so on.  A second telling act occurred just two days after millions joined the Women's March on Washington in the nation's capital and throughout the world, when President Trump reinstated the "gag rule" that blocks American foreign aid to health care providers that offer abortion counseling. And he went further, expanding such restrictions to include global health assistance.  Will this mean a return to back-alley abortions and to severely limited health care, resulting in more unwanted pregnancies and potentially dire consequences for women and their families worldwide?  With the signing of these executive orders, President Trump has presumably satisfied his base, but in my opinion he has tragically failed to "do the right thing" for the entire nation. These are actions that not only speak louder than words but that also foretell untold human suffering. Barb Sones, a lifelong Clevelander, taught English in the Cleveland School District then, in retirement, joined the local League of Women Voters, of which she was president for about eight years. She helps edit husband Bill Sones' "Strange But True" column. About this project: As part of an effort to bring a greater diversity of voices to bear on timely issues, and The Plain Dealer are reaching out to 18 published letter writers every few weeks -- five who appeared from their letters to be conservatives, five liberals, and eight who wrote in apparently neutral ways about issues. For this installment, we asked for brief commentaries either on Trump's words versus his actions or on the $140 million Quicken Loans Arena upgrades in Cleveland. Eleven of the 18 said they would write; all had submitted their essays as of Tuesday morning. We also received a Trump essay mailed in by one person we'd reached out to in the prior round, for 12 essays in all -- two on the arena upgrades, which we posted separately, and 10 on President Trump. Several of the letter writers whom we contacted did not wish to write on either topic and asked us to reach out to them with another set of questions as the project continues, which we will do. Questions or comments? Contact Elizabeth Sullivan at [email protected]
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Health care Cleveland Cavaliers Donald Trump Writing Health Chemotherapy regimens Health care provider President of the United States
New home health rules should help patients, but will they be delayed?

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Health care Health care provider Illness Health economics Medicine Patient Home care Physician
UNLV Team Vegas designs house for Solar Decathlon 2017
UNLV students from the colleges of engineering, architecture, hotel management, health sciences, fine arts and construction management will showcase their skills in designing an energy-efficient, solar-powered home this fall.
46 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Photovoltaics HVAC Health care Solar power Health care provider Sun Las Vegas metropolitan area Photovoltaic module
How Clear Creek County is spurring economic revival, one patient at a time
A century-old, single-story brick bungalow is set to become the first primary care medical clinic Clear Creek County has had in years.
100 points by The Denver Post | Health care Medicine Health care provider Health Clear Creek County Colorado Healthcare Health insurance Idaho Springs Colorado
Las Vegas rally protests federal funding for Planned Parenthood
About 50 people gathered at one of the Las Vegas Valley’s two Planned Parenthood locations, 3220 W. Charleston Blvd., and stood quietly on the sidewalks surrounding the clinic, chatting or reciting the Hail Mary prayer.
685 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Roe v. Wade Health care Abortion Las Vegas metropolitan area Health care provider Hail Mary Abortion debate Protest
A judge blocked the Anthem-Cigna health insurance merger. What does that mean for Colorado?
After a federal judge blocked the proposed merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, a Q&A on what it means for Colorado.
297 points by The Denver Post | Health care Insurance Health care provider Disability insurance Investment Health insurance Deductible Health economics
Drinking peroxide as 'natural' cure leads to dangerous blood clots
Alan Mozes, HealthDay News Ingesting high-concentration hydrogen peroxide as a "natural cure" or cleansing agent may land you in the emergency room, health experts caution.
9 points by UPI | Poison Medicine Myocardial infarction Health care Blood vessel Oxygen Poison control center Health care provider
Judge suspends women's work-release program after 2 overdose
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania county's president judge has suspended a work-release program for female inmates after two overdosed on drugs at the county jail.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Health care Health care provider Naloxone Opioid Medicine Morphine Week-day names Heroin
ICU patients' outcomes improve when hospital staff also pay attention to families of the sick
When her sister was in and out of intensive care last year, Theodora Peters noticed she no longer had to push so hard for information about her sister's condition and treatment, or to stay by her bedside after visiting hours. "There seemed to finally be recognition that we were part of the team,"...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Johns Hopkins University Physician Health care Medicine Intensive care medicine Johns Hopkins Hospital Health care provider Illness
New York creates loan fund for local health care providers
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is setting aside nearly $20 million to assist local health care providers looking to expand or upgrade their facilities. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move Thursday. The new Community Health Care Revolving Fund is intended to help community health organizations that might not ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Massachusetts Health care New York City New York New Jersey Kirsten Gillibrand Washington D.C. Health care provider
Matter CEO: Chicago could become premier place for health care innovation
When Steven Collens looked at the health care scene in Chicago several years ago, he saw a place brimming with some of the biggest names in the business. The Chicago area has major pharmaceutical and device companies, hospitals, medical schools and associations. But he didn't see a community to...
526 points by Chicago Tribune | Health care Healthcare Entrepreneurship Health care provider Patient Illness Health informatics Medicine
Chase Brexton CEO leaves position after summer of discord
Richard Larison will step down as CEO of Chase Brexton Health Care at the end of the year. He said Tuesday that he would not renew his contract.His departure follows the recent acrimony between the community health care provider and its employees, which culminated in the unionization of its workforce....
667 points by Baltimore Sun | Health care provider Health care Healthcare Patient Medicine Illness Health Health economics
Air Force Academy medical clinic patients notified of potential health risks
More than 250 patients of the U.S. Air Force Academy's GI Clinic are being notified of potential health risks associated with recent procedures.
4 points by The Denver Post | Hospital Physician Risk management Winning Moves Patient Risk Potential Health care provider
Kentucky editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Sept. 18 The Lexington Herald-Leader on Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed Medicaid revamp: Amid the hue and cry over Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed Medicaid revamp, an important point has been missing: It would not save very much money. Like his predecessors, Bevin is right to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Health care Million Health insurance Health care provider Louisville Kentucky Tax Orders of magnitude Names of large numbers
A 'Health Care Highway' sprouts in Cherry Hill
After Maura Rosato, a restaurant cook, sliced her hand at work not long ago, she weighed her health-care options thoughtfully.
147 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | New Jersey Turnpike Medicine Health care Nursing home Health care provider Cherry Hill New Jersey New Jersey Hospital
Veterans weigh presidential options, impact on VA care
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have jeered at Arizona Sen. John McCain for having been captured by the North Vietnamese and drawn criticism for challenging the Muslim parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. One of his chief proposals to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, meanwhile, has stirred concern among some veterans groups.
32 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Barack Obama Health care Hillary Rodham Clinton John McCain George W. Bush Bill Clinton United States presidential election 2008 Health care provider
More than 2,200 patients expected at free dental clinic
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford's XL Center for two days will be turned into the state's largest dental office. The Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach is opening up its annual two-day free clinic on Friday. The clinic is for people who need dental work done but can't afford it. The ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Hartford Connecticut Health care Connecticut Dental hygienist Dentistry XL Center Health care provider Massachusetts
Maine health centers, training programs get more than $2.3M
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - Maine health care providers and educational institutions will get more than $2.3 million in federal money to expand services and create jobs. The funding comes in the form of grants and awards from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The University of New England in ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Health care Massachusetts Medicine Maine Health Health care provider Healthcare Fundraising
LBJ Hospital to lose water service overnight for maintenance

2 points by The Houston Chronicle | Medicine Hospital Health care Healthcare Health care provider Illness Health insurance Health economics
Federal judge holds state responsible for Medicaid reimbursements
A federal judge faulted the state Medicaid program in a strongly worded order, ruling the program had improperly denied 2,000 out-of-network emergency claims submitted by a nonprofit health care provider that treated indigent children.
9 points by The Houston Chronicle | Health care Managed care United States Health care provider Health insurance President of the United States Health economics Health care in the United States
Northern Maine hospital to get $200K to improve service
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) - A medical center in northern Maine will receive $200,000 from the federal government to support health care in rural Aroostook County. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving the money to Cary Medical Center, a 65-bed acute care hospital in Caribou. The money ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Maine Health care Susan Collins Federal government of the United States Aroostook County Maine Health care provider Washington D.C. Caribou Maine