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National Security Will Suffer With Derailment of School Nutrition Standards | Commentary

Four years ago, hundreds of retired admirals and generals formed a united front on the war against childhood obesity in support of the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. As a result of that legislation, more than 90 percent of the nation’s school districts are successfully implementing nutrition standards that ensure students are offered appealing, nourishing school lunches.

A Bipartisan Solution to Protect America's Most Vulnerable Patients | Commentary

Many of the hospitals that serve our nation’s most vulnerable populations often face a steep penalty, costing them valuable resources and ultimately hurting the very people that the penalty aims to protect: the patient.

The 'Vitter Amendment' Isn't Going Away | Commentary

I get it. My legislation to end Washington’s Obamacare exemption or subsidy doesn’t make me popular in Washington. But if you think it’s going away, I have news for you: There’s only one way to make that happen, and that’s to pass it.

Creating a National Strategy for Mental Health | Commentary

If a friend or a co-worker takes us aside and confides that he has been diagnosed with cancer, we give him a shoulder to lean on. We ask what we can do. But most of all, we care. We understand.

New Exchange Rule Biggest Pre-2016 Health Care Move

A sweeping new administration rule outlining how the health law’s insurance marketplaces will operate next year sweetens financial protections for insurers and clarifies the role of counselors known as “navigators” who help people enroll in medical plans.

Some Insurance Plans Still Charge for Required Services for Private Health Plans

In theory, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has great clout in deciding which treatments and services private health plans must provide to their customers without imposing copayments.

Lung Screening Proposal Renews Scrutiny of Preventative Services Task Force

Once fairly obscure, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has gotten headlines in recent years by questioning the value of mammograms for women in their 40s and recommending that men not have the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test unless they have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Congress Must Act and Stop Deporting Our Veterans | Commentary

As Congress and the Obama administration look for ways to address our broken immigration system, one step is clear. They have the authority to, and must, end the deportation of our veterans.

Military Caregivers Save the Nation $15 Billion Annually, but Receive Little Support | Commentary

We are a nation that has been at war for more than 12 years — conflicts that have left more than 60,000 people physically wounded, more than 400,000 people living with invisible wounds like combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, and more than 320,000 people with traumatic brain injuries. Many of the brave men and women affected by these wars sacrifice their health, lose their jobs and live in isolation. You may think these individuals are exclusively the brave men and women who fought for our country, but many never put on a uniform — they are the countless hidden heroes caring for wounded warriors on the home front.

Massachusetts Latest Blue State Facing Exchange Failure

Massachusetts is joining Oregon as the latest state to pull the plug on its online health insurance marketplace and prepare to send residents to the federal healthcare.gov website instead.

Congress Doesn't Deserve an Obamacare Exemption | Commentary

Americans across the country have been forced into the Obamacare exchanges. They’ve lost the coverage they liked, they’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and they’re finding it hard to enroll in anything new. But what makes this even worse is that their representatives in Congress can’t completely relate. While all of this is going on outside of Washington, insiders in Congress and the administration carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves. They decreased their own Obamacare burden but didn’t do the same for their constituents.

Local Health Depts. Driving Change Toward E-Cigarette Regulation | Commentary

In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a warning that changed public health forever: Smoking is harmful to your health and can cause cancer. After a great reduction in smoking rates and many thousands of lives saved, decades of progress are now endangered by the new kid on the block — the electronic cigarette.

Medical Spending Surges With Health Law Sign-Ups

Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.

Mfume Brings Dose of Activism to Health Policy

Nearly 20 years after leaving Congress, Kweisi Mfume is focused on ensuring health policies work for minority communities.

Breaking the Cycles of Addiction and Recidivism | Commentary

Some issues transcend political divisions. How best to prevent drug addiction before it starts and provide treatment to those who want to turn their lives around is one of those issues. Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a lot about what works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to preventing and treating drug abuse. And while we’ve made some significant strides in our fight against addiction, we can do even better.

218: Boehner Meets With White House Chief of Staff on VA Backlog

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hunger for Nonprofit Health Insurance May Aid Co-Ops

A political scientist who participated in the startup of one of the nation’s new nonprofit health cooperatives has an explanation for seemingly quick uptick in enrollment.

Health Cooperatives Work to Gain Foothold Against Insurance Giants, Emphasize Local Ties

Some of the underdogs in the market to sell health coverage to uninsured Americans have scored unexpected early wins as they compete with industry giants for customers.

WGDB: FDA E-Cig Regulations Disappoint Democrats, Cheer Industry

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It Is Time for Our Best Ideas for Our Health Care System | Commentary

The debate over the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated one clear fact: No one thinks our health care system is working as well as it should be for most Americans. There is agreement that costs are too high, quality is not as evenly distributed as it should be, and the way we pay our doctors, hospitals and other providers of health care just doesn’t work anymore.

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