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A combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella protects kids against all three illnesses with one shot. CREDIT: COURTNEY PERRY/THE WASHINGTON POST

States Move To Remove Vaccine Exemptions Amid Measles Outbreaks

All U.S. states require most parents to vaccinate their children against some preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, to be able to attend school. Such laws often apply to children in private schools and day care facilities as well as public schools.
But this winter’s outbreaks of measles across the nation are resulting in challenges to many exemptions: At least eight states, including some that have experienced measles outbreaks this year, want to remove personal exemptions for the measles vaccine. And some states would remove the exemption for all vaccines. Continue Reading States Move To Remove Vaccine Exemptions Amid Measles Outbreaks

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Carol Marley, a hospital nurse with private insurance, says coping with the financial fallout of her pancreatic cancer has been exhausting. CREDIT: Anna Gorman/KHN

Cancer Complications: Confusing Bills, Maddening Errors And Endless Phone Calls

Coping with the financial fallout of cancer is exhausting — and nerve-wracking. But the worst part, one patient says, is that it’s unexpected. Cancer patients are 2.65 times more likely to file for bankruptcy than those without cancer, and bankruptcy puts them at a higher risk for early death, according to research. Continue Reading Cancer Complications: Confusing Bills, Maddening Errors And Endless Phone Calls

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Dr. Erin Berry, Washington State Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, speaks at a news conference announcing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's Title X "gag rule," Feb. 25, 2019, in Seattle. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

Washington State To Sue Over New Trump Administration Abortion Policy

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he will sue to challenge President Donald Trump’s policy setting up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, calling it “a transparent attack on Planned Parenthood” that would severely impair access to many types of medical care, especially for low-income women in rural areas. Continue Reading Washington State To Sue Over New Trump Administration Abortion Policy

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