BBC News — Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s
People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major — and sometimes fatal — stomach bleeds than previously thought, research in The Lancet shows. Scientists say that, to reduce these risks, older people should also take stomach-protecting PPI pills. But they insist aspirin has important benefits — such as preventing heart attacks — that outweigh the risks. And they warn that stopping aspirin suddenly can be harmful.
The Washington Post — America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t
After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible: Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer. That is, unless those Americans are poor, uneducated or live in a rural area. Hidden among the steady declines in recent years is the stark reality that cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor. The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.
The Hill — House votes to bar immigrants living illegally in the US from health care tax credits
The House passed legislation Tuesday to ensure that immigrants in the country illegally can’t access tax credits for health insurance premiums. Rep. Lou Barletta’s, R-Pa., bill, approved in a largely party-line vote of 238-184, would require the Treasury Department to confirm that people applying for the tax credits are verified as U.S. citizens or legal residents by the Commissioner of Social Security or the Secretary of Homeland Security. A primary way to confirm an applicant’s legal status would be through Social Security numbers.
POLITICO — Federal Actuary: 13M more uninsured under GOP repeal package
The House-passed Obamacare repeal bill would leave 12.6 million more Americans uninsured over the next decade and reduce federal spending by $328 billion, according to an analysis released today by CMS’ Office of the Actuary. The coverage estimate is well below the 23 million more uninsured that the CBO has projected under the American Health Care Act. The congressional scorekeeper additionally estimated that the American Health Care Act would reduce spending by only $119 billion over a decade.