The Hill – States preparing for Children’s Health Insurance Program to run out of funding: report

Nearly a dozen states are readying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides insurance to low-income children, to run out of funding. Five states are at risk of running out of funding for their individual programs by late December, according to the report. Other states reportedly have enough money to keep their programs afloat for a few more months at least.

The Washington Post – Enrollment in ACA health-care plans is still running ahead of last year

The number of Americans signing up for health-care plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to run ahead of last year in states relying on the federal insurance exchange, according to federal figures released Wednesday that span nearly half of an abbreviated enrollment season.

The Washington Post – ‘I don’t feel like I’m a threat anymore.’ New HIV guidelines are changing lives.

Medical authorities are publicly agreeing that people with undetectable viral loads cannot transmit the virus that causes AIDS. The policy change has profound implications for the way people view HIV. The policy change also offers the hope that more people will be tested and begin treatment if they are found to have the virus rather than live in denial.

The New York Times – Tokyo, once a cigarette haven, could finally kick out the smokers

As more people have grown aware of the health hazards, the number of smokers in Japan has dropped sharply, according to data from the cigarette maker Japan Tobacco. And an increasing number of employers, restaurant owners and public facilities throughout the country have voluntarily banned cigarettes after a 2002 bill that encouraged a reduction in passive smoke.