The Hill – Congress facing deadline to renew healthcare for children
Congress is approaching a healthcare deadline with enormous stakes for millions of people — and this time it isn’t about ObamaCare. Federal funding for 9 million low- and middle-income children is set to expire at the end of September, setting up a crucial deadline for a Congress already grappling with other high-stakes battle. The looming deadline for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been overshadowed by the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, and lawmakers left town for the summer without addressing the issue.

Reuters – Primary care access tied to fewer sexually transmitted infections
For women, greater access to primary care providers may be linked to a lower risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a U.S. study suggests. “A lack of health care access can translate to more people with undiagnosed and untreated STIs,” said lead study author Danielle Haley of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Regular screening can help ensure that people who have an STI are aware of the infection and get proper treatment,” Haley said by email. “Screening also helps identify and treat sex partners who may also have STIs.”

The Washington Post – The nation’s final bare spot for Affordable Care Act health plans is filled in
A health insurer has agreed to sell Affordable Care Act health plans next year in a rural Ohio county, filling in the nation’s last potential bare patch in the marketplaces created under the law. The announcement on Thursday by Ohio insurance officials means that, at least for now, there will be no places in the United States where eligible Americans will lack access to subsidized ACA health coverage for 2018 when the next annual enrollment period opens in November.

The New York Times – Hunting a killer: sex, drugs and the return of syphilis
For months, health officials in this socially conservative state capital of Oklahoma City have been staggered by a fast-spreading outbreak of a disease that, for nearly two decades, was considered all but extinguished. Syphilis, the deadly sexually transmitted infection that can lead to blindness, paralysis and dementia, is returning here and around the country, another consequence of the heroin and methamphetamine epidemics, as users trade sex for drugs. It took months for investigators to realize Oklahoma City had a syphilis outbreak.

ABC News – What we know about Hurricane Harvey as it nears landfall
The Texas coast is bracing for impact on Friday as Hurricane Harvey bears down on its shore. The storm, forecast to be a category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall, is expected to be the worst to hit the state in nearly two decades. One of the biggest concerns with the storm is rainfall totals, as Harvey is likely to stall over Texas for days. As much as 35 inches of rain were possible in isolated areas, but 15 to 20 inches of rain are likely.