Modern Healthcare – GOP Senate to move forward on ‘Obamacare’ repeal
The Republican-led Senate is poised to take a step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law despite anxiety among some GOP senators that they still haven’t come up with an alternative. A procedural budget vote slated for late Wednesday or early Thursday would put the process in motion.

NPR – We Asked People What They Know About Obamacare. See If You Know The Answers
While many people in a new NPR/Ipsos poll were misinformed about the big picture when it comes to Obamacare, they had stronger knowledge about the details of the law. Over half believed the number of people without insurance had increased or stayed the same, or said they didn’t know what the law’s effect has been on insurance coverage, when in reality it brought the rate of uninsured Americans to a record low 9 percent in 2015.

NPR – Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens
It’s no secret that American children have gotten heavier in recent decades. Now an analysis released Thursday by the nonprofit Fair Health, shows a a sharp rise in health insurance claims filed on behalf of young people who have high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and other conditions more typically associated with older adults.

BBC News – Philippines’ President Duterte pushes free contraceptives
Government agencies in the Philippines have been ordered to offer free contraceptives to an estimated six million women who cannot obtain them.

Fox News – How do higher deductibles impact care for chronic disease?
Switching to insurance with higher out-of-pocket costs doesn’t change how often diabetics get checkups or tests, but the rate of emergency departments visits spiked for poor patients, according to a new study.

New York Times – (Featuring APHA) I Abstained From Sex for a Year to Donate Blood
The FDA no longer prohibits men who have sex with other men from donating blood, but requires they abstain from sex for one year if they do. This prohibition, which the American Public Health Association said “is not based in science but appears to be modeled after other countries’ choices and fears,” effectively forbids as many as two million potential donors to give blood.