Congressman announces cancer diagnosis months after characterizing illness as a personal failing

During a speech on the House floor on Wednesday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) announced that he has prostate cancer.

“Don’t ever, ever, take your health or family for granted. During the holidays, enjoy your family, because no one, no one, is promised tomorrow,” Brooks said, adding that he learned he has cancer following a doctor’s scan in October.

Martha and I are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support for our family during this difficult time a...

Obamacare enrollment is winding down. How successful was Trump’s sabotage?

People who don’t have health insurance through work have two more days to sign up for coverage if they purchase plans on HealthCare.gov. The deadline is December 15 at 3 a.m. for all residents, except for those in areas impacted by hurricanes and those in 11 states and Washington, D.C., who have longer sign-up periods.

About 4.7 million people have signed up for coverage so far, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Over a million people signed up ...

Another state to warn CHIP families that insurance might end because Congress failed to act

On Monday, Virginia officials began notifying families, who receive coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), that the program may end on January 31st if the federal government does not adequately fund it soon; WAMU 88.5 reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin first reported the news.

Congress failed to reauthorize funding for CHIP on September 30th. Now, 65,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women enrolled in Virginia’s program are at risk of losing health in...

No CHIP or health center funding: Congress’ inaction is further distressing hurricane-ravaged states

Just three months ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. The hurricane took at least 88 lives; more than 311,000 housing units were damaged; and the state is just beginning to understand the hurricane’s health toll.

Add another caveat to recovery efforts: critical health care programs that serve Texas’ most vulnerable face financial uncertainty.

Congress failed to renew funding for federally qualified community health centers and the Children...

Woman with stage 4 cancer thrown out of town hall after asking GOP senator about health care

Las Vegas resident Laura Packard is a self-employed small business owner who has stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange. On Saturday, she was thrown out of a town hall event featuring Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) after she tried to ask him why he supports legislation that would strip coverage from people like her.

After the moderator of the LIBRE Initiative read Heller a question about the Republican tax cut plan that was written by ...

‘Hands off my birth control’: 500,000 personal objections to one Trump administration policy

The Iowa family clinic Chelsea Vargas went to recently closed, forcing her to reconsider her current form of birth control. The clinic provided her a free birth control ring. Without the clinic’s financial assistance, she won’t be able to afford her preferred contraception. (Although most plans cover the ring, she hasn’t been able to pay off her deductible to use her insurance.)

Before the clinic closed, she switched from the ring to an implant, a tiny rod inserted...

‘They came to school freaking out’: CHIP parents wait anxiously for federal action

The family liaison at Goldrick Elementary School, Mary Grace, said families came to her office last week “freaking out.” A handful of parents showed her a letter from the state. It read: If Congress does not renew federal funding, Child Health Plan Plus will end on January 31, 2018.

Some students at Goldrick in Colorado receive health insurance through CHP+ or the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). A majority of students at the Southwest Denv...

On World AIDS Day, remember all evidence suggests Trump still has zero plans to tackle HIV/AIDS

“Bringing down the rate of HIV infection is one of the United States’ great public health triumphs of the past quarter-century,” wrote Keith Humphreys, who served as senior policy adviser at the White House drug policy office from 2009 to 2010.

Approximately 1.2 million residents nationwide are living with HIV, and HIV/AIDS deaths have significantly dropped. Between 2000 and 2013 in the United States, deaths decreased by 2.8 percent annually, faster than the global average of 1.5 pe...