The Health News USA January 22 2018

  • More than 1.75 million children in twenty states and Washington, D.C., are at risk of losing their health insurance by the end of February if Congress does not reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which ceased being funded when lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill late Friday night. The health care program covers around 8.9 million American kids overall. The situation is most dire for the nearly 3.7 million who get their insurance through their state’s separate CHIP programs, rather than CHIP-funded Medicaid.
  • The Trump administration launched a division at the Health and Human Services Department on Thursday to protect doctors and medical providers who object to participating in abortions and assisted suicide on religious or moral grounds. Officials said the division, part of the HHS’ Office of Civil Rights, will stand ready to assist health care workers who say they’re being coerced into participating in procedures that violate their beliefs.
  • Flu season could cost employers $9 billion in productivity. According to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas said that with a nasty flu season underway across the country, businesses can expect to see billions of dollars in lost productivity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu is now widespread across the continental United States. The predominant strain, H2N3 isn’t well prevented by the flu vaccine.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 22nd of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/without-chip-resolution-1-7-million-kids-could-lose-healthcare-n838991

More than one point seventy five million children in twenty states and Washington, D.C., are at risk of losing their health insurance by the end of February if Congress does not reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which ceased being funded when lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill late Friday night. As the weekend continued, Congress is attempting to negotiate a deal that would provide CHIP a six-year extension, but that’s not soon enough for some.
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The health care program covers around eight point nine million American kids overall. The situation is most dire for the nearly three point seven million who get their insurance through their state’s separate CHIP programs, rather than CHIP-funded Medicaid.

The Health Policy Institute said that ten states — Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio and Washington might have to shut down their programs on February one, less than two weeks from Friday. Via CHIP programs, those states provided nearly eight hundred thousand children with health care in two thousand sixteen.

Federal funding for CHIP officially expired on September thirty of last year. As states began to run out of money — with sixteen states initially preparing to burn up the last of their federally allotted cash by the end of this month — Congress passed a continuing resolution in December that provided states two point eighty five billion dollars. But that short-term cash will fizzle out soon, leaving millions of kids across the country without health care.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/18/hhs-launches-office-enforce-religious-freedom-laws/

The Trump administration launched a division at the Health and Human Services Department on Thursday to protect doctors and medical providers who object to participating in abortions and assisted suicide on religious or moral grounds. Officials said the division, part of the department’s Office of Civil Rights, will stand ready to assist health care workers who say they’re being coerced into participating in procedures that violate their beliefs.

Democrats strongly objected, saying it will restrict health care access to women or transgender patients. They’re already fuming over President Trump’s attacks on Planned Parenthood and his decision to curb Obama-era rules requiring employers to cover contraceptives as part of their health plans.

Senator Patty Murray, Washington Democrat said: “Any approach that would deny or delay health care to someone and jeopardize their well-being for ideological reasons is unacceptable.”

.For instance, Congress passed a series of “Church Amendments” in the nineteen seventies that say medical professionals don’t have to perform abortions or sterilization procedures that violate their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

The announcement should bolster Mister Trump’s position with members of the pro-life community who are descending on Washington to protest abortion in the annual March for Life on Friday. Mister Trump plans to address the crowd by video feed.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/19/2018-flu-season-could-cost-employers-more-than-9-billion.html

Flu season could cost employers nine billion dollars in productivity. According to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas said that with a nasty flu season underway across the country, businesses can expect to see billions of dollars in lost productivity.
Andy Challenger, the firm’s vice president said: “We’re predicting about eleven million Americans will fall ill over the flu season and that’s going to cost employers over nine billion dollars in wages being paid to employees that are staying home sick.”

That estimate does not take into account those workers who need to stay home to care for a sick family member. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu is now widespread across the continental United States. The predominant strain, HthreeNtwo, isn’t well prevented by the flu vaccine. Doctor William Schaffner, professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said: “We’ve got a dominant virus out there that causes more severe disease, causes more complications particularly among older persons and the very young.”

Challenger said it’s important that workers don’t try to tough it out and go into the office and that employers discourage sick employees from coming in. Limiting meetings and expanding remote work options are two ways to help prevent the spread of the illness.

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