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First Edition: July 16, 2019

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

As Temperatures Climb, A New Push To Keep Workers Safe

Over the past decade, more than 350 workers nationwide have died from heat-related illness, and tens of thousands have had heat-related problems serious enough that they missed at least one day of work. Proposed federal legislation, modeled on California regulations, would create the first national standards for protecting workers from heat-related stress.

Medicare Advantage Overbills Taxpayers By Billions A Year As Feds Struggle To Stop It

An enhanced government effort to catch insurers that overcharge Medicare faces resistance from the insurance industry.

Viewpoints: Lessons On Tackling Chronic Mental Health Challenges On Campuses; Food Injustice Is Major Reason Behind Illness In Poor Communities

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others.

Parsing Policies: Forget Tearing Up Existing Health Plans. Go With Public Option; Important Answers Missing From Harris, Warren On Single Payer

Editorial pages focus on some of the options being discussed to replace or modify the Health Law.

State Highlights: Maryland Cites ‘Dickensian’ Abuse Conditions In Suit Against For-Profit Group Homes; Researchers Grapple With Problems Of Diagnosing Rat Lungworm Disease In Hawaii

Media outlets focus on news from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Hawaii, Tennessee, Virginia, Connecticut, California, North Carolina, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, Missouri, Georgia, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, Ohio, Florida and West Virginia.

Man’s Early Release From 30-Year Prison Sentence Shines Light On Laws That Unfairly Penalize People With HIV, Advocates Say

An appeals court in Missouri found that the trial of Michael Johnson was fundamentally unfair. Johnson was found guilty in 2015 of neglecting to tell sexual partners he had HIV. He denied those charges. Many laws on "HIV crimes,'' were written in the 1980s. “We don’t charge people with other incurable diseases, like hepatitis, with a criminal offense for exposing others,” said Eric M. Selig, a lawyer who negotiated on Johnson's behalf. On news on HIV is on unexpected costs associated with HIV prevention medicine.

Good News About Dementia: 5 Lifestyle Changes Can Make Difference Even For People Who Have Genes That Increase Risk

While recent news about Alzheimer's focused on disappointing failed drug trials, two new studies discussed at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference look at how clean living helps lower the chances of developing wasting brain diseases by as much as 60%. Give up red meat, don't smoke, exercise more, read more books and limit red wine to one glass a night. "This research is exciting in that it shows there are actionable things we can do to try to counteract genetic risk for dementia," said Elzbieta Kuźma, a research fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School who worked on one the studies.

Babies As Young As 3 Months Old Are Being Held In U.S. Custody Without Any Parents At The Facilities

A Center for Investigative Reporting report finds that a dozen children arrived at Child Crisis Arizona starting in mid-June, after it garnered a $2.4 million contract to house unaccompanied children through January 2022. It's unclear where the children's parents are. In other news from the crisis at the border: a momentary reprieve in arrests, a commemorative coin's connection to a toxic culture within Border Patrol, ICE raids, and more.

Unwieldy TennCare System That Relied Heavily On Hard-Copy Forms Resulted In Thousands Of Kids Dropped From Insurance

The Tennessean looks at the dramatic negative effects the paperwork system -- which has now been replaced -- had on the state's children. Medicaid news comes out of Indiana, New York and Montana, as well.
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