A summary of important health news from the past week.
Judge Sides With House Republicans Against Health Care Law
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the $175 billion the Affordable Care Act uses to subsidized medical bills is unconstitutional. This ruling comes from a complaint from the House that Congress never appropriated money for this use. Judge Collyer ruling is based on the argument that spending this money exceeds constitutional authority.
Questions Emerge About The Impact Of State Autism Insurance Mandates
Researchers found that that state mandates to cover autism treatment are only reaching a small portion of children being diagnosed with autism. Despite rising rates in diagnosis, this analysis shows that only about 12% more children are benefitting from these mandates, which are on the books in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
There are several issues beyond the Affordable Health Care Act this reported things the presidential candidates should be talking about. These include: (1) out-of-pocket spending, (2) prescription drug testing and cost, (3) long-term care, (4) Medicare, and (5) dental care.
Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities
A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 98% of low- and middle-income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants have urban air qualities that do not meet WHO requirements. This is decreased to 56% for high-income countries. This means that more than 80% of people living in urban areas around the world live in cities with poor air quality, which can lead to respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer.
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