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EMTALA requires emergency physicians to provide whatever treatment is necessary to protect the health and life of a patient. In most states that ban abortion, an exception is carved out for abortions performed to save the life of a patient — but not to protect the health of a patient.

Conflicting court decisions over state abortion laws and EMTALA - a federal law requiring hospitals and physicians to protect the health of all patients who enter an emergency room or labor and delivery department - could pave the way for a slew of new battles over medical treatment. Read more»

The wait at the border has led some migrants to develop health problems, exacerbated people’s chronic ailments, like hypertension or diabetes; left some in dire conditions without care; and compounded the trauma experienced by those fleeing their homes. Read more»

Absent massive regulatory changes that would make it too costly to finance buyouts or would entirely remove the carried interest tax savings, private equity firms will continue to grow and seek to generate market-beating returns for their investors.

From housing to hospitals and fisheries to fast food, private equity investors have acquired a host of businesses in recent decades and control more than $6 trillion in assets in the U.S. - but what makes them different from any other type of investor? Read more»

Jack Posobiec, a conservative activist, confronts veterans advocate and comedian Jon Stewart outside the U.S. Capitol, where veterans have been camped out all weekend protesting in support of a bill that extends health care and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas.

The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits, after a weekend in which outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is working to broker a bipartisan measure to protect access to abortion and contraception.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators - including Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema - released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Read more»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema might hold in her hands the fate of a blockbuster bill to fight the climate crisis.

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care and energy bill released Wednesday night, saying the measure represents a historic step toward addressing the climate crisis. Read more»

Federal laws and regulations prohibit homes from requiring a resident’s relatives or friends to financially guarantee the resident’s bills. Facilities cannot even request such guarantees.

The nursing home industry has quietly developed what consumer attorneys and patient advocates say is a pernicious strategy of pursuing family and friends of patients despite federal law that was enacted to protect them from debt collection. Read more»

Over 1,000 people packed sidewalks at the intersection of Congress and Grande Ave. on June 24, 2022, to protest the Supreme Court's decision to undermine Roe v. Wade.

Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. Senate panel that oversees health care sharply disagreed Wednesday over how Congress should respond to confusion among doctors about compliance with state abortion bans. Read more»

The Biden administration reminded doctors and other health care providers that a federal law protects them if they provide abortion services to save a patient’s life or health in emergency situations — regardless of what state laws say. Read more»

Water from the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, which recharges water by sending it down the watercourse near Downtown Tucson, flows in the river in 2019.

A government advisory lowered acceptable amounts of certain PFAS chemicals to levels so low they can’t be tested by any modern laboratory - now, industry reps see exploding costs while environmentalists see a victory — mostly. Read more»

An examination room in Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio on June 14, 2022.

Texas’ abortion ban will disproportionately affect women of color, particularly Black women, who already face higher risks of health complications or death related to pregnancy or childbirth and will likely lead to an even higher risks. Read more»

This photo illustration shows the websites of several Arizona abortion providers after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood Arizona and other clinics ceased abortion procedures once the decision was announced.

Health care clinics in states including California, New Mexico, Colorado and Washington are preparing to become “safe havens” for pregnant people living in Arizona and other places where abortions are restricted or banned. Read more»

While each state can now set its own laws on abortion access, even states that haven’t altered their approach after the court’s ruling are being affected.

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. Read more»

The case began in 2012 when a class of prisoners sued the state, claiming inadequate health care in the prisons led to 'unnecessary pain and suffering, preventable injury, amputation, disfigurement, and death.'

In a decade-long federal class action fight over Arizona’s prison conditions, a federal judge ruled that the state’s privatized prison system failed to provide prisoners with adequate health care and has exposed some to harsh conditions in solitary confinement. Read more»

The 2020 census missed nearly 1 of every 17 Native Americans who live on reservations, an undercount that could lead to insufficient federal funding for essential health, nutrition, and social programs in remote communities with high poverty rates. Read more»

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