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A health news initiative exploring the impacts of place, policy and economics on America's health. Reporting sheds light on root causes of community-wide health problems—from chronic disease, to mental health and addiction, to infant mortality—and on new efforts to solve them.

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Surgeon General Nominee Jerome Adams’ confirmation hearing before a Senate panel Tuesday was a mostly collegial meeting, with the Indiana State Health Commissioner receiving praise from several members of the bipartisan panel.

That 'Skinny Repeal' Senators Are Pinning Their Hopes On? States Have Tried it.

Jul 28, 2017

Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a “skinny repeal” that rolls back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But experts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success.

Back in May after it made an unexpected comeback, some started calling the GOP's Obamacare replacement plan "Zombie Trumpcare". This week, another version is still under discussion. How often can this bill be "brought back from the dead"? While we're discussing bringing things back to life: smallpox was eradicated 30 years ago, but scientists have made a close relative of the killer virus inside a Canadian lab. Read on for these stories, and more.

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$1.25 million.

That’s the size of the bill that could have shuttered the only public hospital in rural Pemiscot County, Missouri in August 2013.

Anthem Asks Missourians To Think Twice Before Going To The Emergency Room

Jul 17, 2017

The nation’s second-largest insurer has stopped reimbursing emergency room visits it deems unnecessary in a handful of states.

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