Health Care

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A day without the ACA…

BY: - September 7, 2018

Opponents to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court are genuinely, and not unreasonably, concerned that the court could ultimately overturn the Affordable Care Act altogether. Seizing on provisions in the Trump-Republican tax bill that eliminated the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act, several red states have launched what amount to legal challenges to […]

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Workers caring for Americans don’t earn enough to care for families

BY: - September 4, 2018

Helping elderly and disabled Americans retain their independence and avoid nursing home care is getting more challenging, thanks to the low-pay and unpredictable working conditions of the home care work force. Home care workers (also called direct care workers and personal care assistants) are increasingly in demand to help people remain in their homes and […]

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Guest op-ed: A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against health care

BY: - August 31, 2018

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, 294,000 Nevadans have gained coverage, the uninsured rate has fallen 45.6% in Nevada and medical bankruptcies have dramatically fallen. Because of the law, insurers can no longer deny coverage or charge more to the 1,215,300 Nevadans with a pre-existing condition, no longer cut coverage off when an […]


Trump rule could test Laxalt’s commitment to sex assault victims

BY: - August 30, 2018

Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt is refusing to say whether he supports a Trump administration effort to expand the sale of short term insurance plans, referred to by Democrats as “junk plans.”   Laxalt, a Republican, has long been a proponent of eliminating the Affordable Care Act, pledging in his 2014 campaign to “join the […]

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Nevada faces $56 million Medicaid deficit this year

BY: - August 23, 2018

Nevada Medicaid officials plan to ask lawmakers for a special appropriation to fill a deficit caused in part by an increase in health and behavioral services used by children and adults, the Current has learned.   “Yes, we have a shortfall of $56 million for fiscal year 2019,” says Marta Jensen of the Division of Health […]

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Michigan: Oops, didn’t mean to sign Nevada on to anti-abortion brief

BY: - August 15, 2018

On Wednesday the Current reported that Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt signed on to a multi-state amicus brief supporting an Ohio law that prohibits Medicaid funds from being used for abortions, even in the event of rape, incest or endangered life. It turns out the Michigan authors of the brief meant “Nebraska,” but typed “Nevada.”  […]

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Fiore on vaccines: “If you think about it, it’s still a gamble”

BY: - August 8, 2018

When classes begin at Clark County School District on Monday, approximately 5,000 of its students will be missing at least one of the 11 vaccines recommended by public health officials. And they’ll have the support of one local elected official. In an official city newsletter emailed Tuesday, Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore chimed in on […]

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State’s private “offender services” contractor refers parolee to embattled rehab

BY: - August 7, 2018

A pricey Las Vegas drug and alcohol rehab that is being sued for wrongful death and is owned by a company asked to testify this summer before a Congressional subcommittee about its marketing practices is getting business from an unlikely source — the State of Nevada. The Nevada Division of Parole and Probation frequently refers offenders […]

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Child lead poisoning on rise, prevalence unknown

BY: - August 6, 2018

Reported cases of lead poisoning among children are on the rise in Southern Nevada. The increase is attributed in part to more testing. But researchers, pointing to a legacy of inadequate screening in the state, are also calling for stepped up measures to detect lead poisoning in children. “We currently only test three percent of […]


Former rehab worker: “Everything is about saving money”

BY: - August 2, 2018

Twenty-three-year-old Cody Arbuckle’s mother says her son’s stay at a Solutions Recovery residential treatment facility in Las Vegas cost him his life. The 15-day stay may have cost Arbuckle’s insurance company more than $47,000 in services billed by Solutions Arbuckle died in July 2017 from loperamide toxicity, according to the Clark County Coroner. Loperamide is an […]


The Sober Party?

BY: - August 1, 2018

They’re recovered, and they vote. “This is going to be a multi-tiered, multi-year effort and eventually we’ll run candidates in recovery for the Legislature or even statewide office,” says Ryan Hampton, spokesperson for Recovery PAC, a Nevada-based, non-partisan political action committee formed earlier this year in response to the opiate crisis. The PAC’s officers are connected […]

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Guest op-ed: Junk insurance plans almost killed me. Trump just made them worse.

BY: - August 1, 2018

On Wednesday morning, the American people learned that the Trump administration had expanded junk insurance plans that are designed to allow insurance companies to vastly cut benefits and profit off of American working families. This move is yet another Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act and on the lives millions of Americans across the […]