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Cost of Meeting Basic Needs Rising Faster Than Wages in Washington State

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014 report finds that the costs of meeting basic needs have far outstripped wages statewide, particularly for families.

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Suicide Prevention Requires Access to Effective, Evidence-Based Treatment, APA Member Tells Congress

Suicide is preventable, but not all Americans have access to effective treatment and crisis intervention, a member of the American Psychological Association told a congressional panel Thursday.

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New Report Documents Devastating Impacts of Deep Cuts to Public Health

As part of the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF), which represents more than 90 public health advocacy organizations, the Society released a new report documenting the dire consequences of Congress’s deep cuts to public health programs in recent years. “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Hurt America’s Health” illustrates how cuts in NIH funding for biomedical research have significantly impeded efforts to find cures and new therapies for endocrine diseases like diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer and cuts in the federal budget have adversely affected the public’s health and economy.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Calls on Congress to Stop Cuts to Public Health Funding

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as part of 90 public health advocacy organizations in the Coalition for Health Funding, released a new report today documenting the dire consequences of Congress’s deep cuts to public health programs in recent years.

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Federal Regulatory Spending Rises Most at Agencies Funded by Industry Fees

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While tight budgets are constraining regulatory spending at many federal agencies, those that garner funding from industry fees are using these revenue streams to fund substantial increases in regulatory programs and staffing, according to an annual report that examines the U.S. budget.

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Vergara Decision ‘Half-Baked’ Solution to California School Funding

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AACC to Examine Controversial New Law That Could Mean $2.5 Billion in Cuts to Medical Testing Over the Next 10 Years

On May 7, AACC will host a webinar about the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, a new law signed by the president on April 1 that will make the most significant changes to medical test reimbursement that clinical laboratories have seen in 3 decades.

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Declines in Funding Hamper Kidney Research and Other Areas of Medical Study

• Medical research funding in the United States is at an all-time low. • Diminished funding has affected kidney disease research more than other disease-defined research areas.

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President’s Budget Proposal Could Decrease Access to Lab Tests Vital to Patient Care

The President’s budget proposes cuts to laboratory reimbursement that could have a significant impact on patient health by hindering the development and implementation of new technologies, reducing the number of laboratories serving underserved populations, decreasing patient access to such vital tests as hepatitis C and cancer screenings, and diminishing the quality of testing.

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Backfire: US Defense Cutback May Have Dangerous Consequences

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