The New York Times – McConnell rolling out new GOP health bill to uncertain fate

Senate Republican leaders are trotting out their new, but reeling, health care bill and angling toward a showdown vote next week amid signs that they have lots of work ahead to win over GOP lawmakers or face a resounding failure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., planned to present the revamped measure rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law to GOP senators Thursday. He’s aiming at a do-or-die vote next week on whether to begin debating the bill — a roll call for which he’s got no margin for error.

Kaiser Health News – In Texas, people with mental illness find work helping peers

Recovery coaches and peer mentors known in Alcoholics Anonymous as “sponsors” have for decades helped those addicted to alcohol or drugs. Now, peer support for people with serious mental illness is becoming more common. Particularly in places like Texas, where mental health professionals are in short supply, paid peer counselors are filling a gap.

UN News Centre – Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals UN report

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfill these basic human needs.

Kaiser Health News – Women with high-risk pregnancies far more prone to heart disease

Women who have high-risk pregnancies or complications in childbirth are up to eight times more likely to suffer heart disease later in life. And many mothers, and their doctors, are unaware of the danger.