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Lobbyists pushed hard on key bills of 149th General Assembly
July 22, 2018

From the middle of January to the beginning of July, they’re a regular sight at Legislative Hall, milling around in the hallways and chatting with lawmakers in the House and Senate chambers.

Lobbyists play a vital role in the legislative process, even in a state as small as Delaware.

The three most active companies or organizations in lobbying during the 149th General Assembly are all health-related, with the Delaware Healthcare Association leading the way by reporting activity in 469 instances in 2017 and 2018.


Delaware Birth Hospitals Among Top in Nation for Support of Breastfeeding Mothers.
December 2016

Dr. Karyl Rattay, MD, MS, Director, Division of Public Health (DPH) and Dr. David A. Paul, clinical leader of the Women and Children’s Service Line and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Christiana Care Health System announced this week that Delaware now scores among the top three states in the nation for breastfeeding support provided by its birth hospitals. The state’s high ranking is listed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2015 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC), which measures infant feeding care practices, policies, and staffing expectations at hospitals that provide maternity services. Delaware earned perfect mPINC scores for including breastfeeding in prenatal patient education, hospitals having designated staff members who coordinate lactation care, having an initial feeding of breast milk for both vaginal and cesarean births, and not giving complimentary infant formula samples and marketing products to breastfeeding patients.  In July 2015, Delaware became the third state to discontinue complimentary formula gift bags. 
Breastfeeding is a public health priority because it provides optimal nutrition for infants, and protection from illness and disease including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, allergies, and asthma. Babies who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Additionally, mothers who breastfeed have a reduced risk for breast and ovarian cancers, and lose pregnancy weight faster. The nation's Healthy People 2020 initiative, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), calls for mothers to breastfeed their infants for at least one year after birth.

WHO: Zika no longer a world health emergency but remains 'significant' challenge
Nov 21, 2016
The World Health Organization said Friday that Zika virus is no longer a world health emergency, but remains “significant enduring public health challenge requiring intense action.” According to the organization, the virus, which is seasonal, and its effects “represent a highly significant long-term... read more

Repeal and replace Obamacare? It's not gonna be easy
November 12, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republican leaders are promising to make repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act one of their highest priorities in the first 100 days after they take full control of the federal government in January. But both Republican and Democratic health policy experts say the road will be rocky and that it may take a lot longer and involve a lot more compromises than they think.

Obesity Linked to at Least Thirteen Types of Cancer
November 11, 2016
Being overweight or obese increases the risk for at least 13 types of cancer, according to a research review of more than 1,000 studies conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization. Types of cancer include kidney, liver, breast, thyroid, and gallbladder. 

"Medicaid gap" may leave veterans uninsured
November 11, 2016
If Medicaid expansion decisions do not change between now and 2017, researchers estimate that over 600,000 veterans will be uninsured.
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CMS announces Medicare premiums and deductibles for CY 2017
November 11, 2016
The Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $28 in calendar year 2017, to $1,316, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts will be $329 for days 61-90 of hospitalization in a benefit period; $658 for lifetime... read more

CMS releases draft Marketplace rules for 2018
November 10, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued its draft 2018 Letter to Issuers, which provides operational and technical guidance to insurers intending to sell qualified health plans through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2018. The letter incorporates new standards... read more

Research on new, rapid screening test identifies potential therapies against drug-resistant bacteria
November 9, 2016
Screening method provides a potential new approach to repurpose known drugs and compounds.

NIH: Zika vaccine candidate advances to testing in humans
November 8, 2016
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has launched an early-stage clinical trial to test an inactivated Zika vaccine candidate in humans, the National Institutes of Health announced yesterday. It expects to complete the study by fall 2018. Four additional studies of the candidate vaccine in humans... read more

Testing of investigational inactivated Zika vaccine in humans begins
November 7, 2016
First of five planned clinical trials to test ZPIV vaccine.

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