Vox — Trump’s war on climate policy is also a war on public health
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is expected to sign a proposed rule on Tuesday that would roll back a key piece of President Obama’s climate legacy. Pruitt wants to repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the signature Environmental Protection Agency policy that aims to cut emissions from existing US power plants — a big driver of climate change — 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But what’s largely been lost in the conversation is how much the attempt to repeal the regulation on carbon dioxide emissions will impact people’s health.

CNN — Mom: I remember the days when my children couldn’t breathe
For Laura Kellogg, persistent asthma was an ongoing struggle for her three children. The Trump administration’s decision to repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan is frightening news for her family, as they are gasping for air in their highly polluted city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Her family’s struggle highlights how the repeal will exacerbate the health effects of particle emissions including asthma, premature mortality, cardiovascular events and stroke.

NPR — Trump says he’ll sign order to expand health insurance options
President Trump is poised to sign an executive order that he says will make it easier for people to join together as a group and buy health insurance from any state. The president tweeted about his plans on Tuesday morning. “Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people — FAST,” he wrote.

Washington Post — ‘Pure devastation’: At least 17 dead as firefighters struggle to contain California fires
A series of deadly Northern California wildfires has killed at least 17 people, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and battered the region’s renowned wine-growing industry. Local officials ordered a fresh round of mandatory evacuations in flame-battered Sonoma County, where at least 11 people have died and about 180 remain missing. The two biggest wine-country fires, known as Tubbs and Atlas, grew overnight as conditions worsened and had torched a combined 54,000 acres by Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Huffington Post — ‘Alzheimer’s Tsunami’ Threatens Growing Dementia Care Demand As Medicaid Funding Gets Tighter
The aging population is fueling what some health experts call an “Alzheimer’s tsunami” for which Iowa, and the rest of the nation, are ill prepared. Unless a cure is found, by 2025, an estimated 7.1 million Americans age 65 and older could have Alzheimer’s, almost a 35 percent increase, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Iowa’s 65-plus population is above the national average. Iowa and other states have begun tightening Medicaid, the only government program that pays for nursing home care, in ways that increase the burden on those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.