HEALTH

CVS Health is looking to create a national network of community medical clinics that will serve as "America's front door to quality health care."

That's the goal, according to a statement by CEO Larry Merlo on his company's deal for Aetna. It's an ambitious one for CVS, a company better known as a quick stop for Tylenol and a Coke.

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CVS is preparing to buy the health insurance giant Aetna for $69 billion, the companies say.

This week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.

Students line up to receive a meningitis vaccine on Thurdsay, Nov. 30, 2017, at UMass Amherst.
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With a certified meningitis outbreak at UMass Amherst, more than 1,000 students were vaccinated on Thursday to prevent further spread of the disease.

UMass Amherst Officially Declares A Meningitis Outbreak

Nov 30, 2017
UMass Amherst in a file photo.
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With its Amherst campus filled with students who just returned from Thanksgiving break, University of Massachusetts officials on Tuesday said they are treating two cases of meningitis as an outbreak.

It has been nearly a decade since Congress passed the Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care for any other condition. Yet today, amid an opioid epidemic and a spike in the suicide rate, patients are still struggling to get access to treatment.

The Hartford Women's Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
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The proposal, under review by the Hartford City Council, comes after complaints about the Hartford Women's Center, which opened earlier this year.

As attitudes toward pain management change, some researchers say there's better evidence supporting cannabis use for chronic neuropathic pain management than opioids. Yet, for this Vermonter, an opioid prescription costs a dollar, while medical marijuana costs hundreds.

An ultrasound image of a 20-week-old fetus.
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Many years ago, when I was pregnant and gender identity was not in the news, I struggled with ideas about my baby’s biological sex. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was expected to sign legislation on Monday that would cement in state law the Obama-era mandate for free birth control regardless of changes in federal policy or future repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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