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5/22/2017

Minneapolis now ranks as the fittest city in America, ending Washington, D.C.,'s three-year reign as it drops to the second spot, followed by San Francisco and Seattle, according to an annual list from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. The report, which considered long-term health indicators such as chronic disease and smoking rates, ranked Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Louisville, Ky., as the least fit of the 50 metropolitan areas included.

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5/22/2017

A hearing today may shed light on the future of the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments after a lower court ruled that the payments were not authorized, a decision that was appealed by the Obama administration. It's not clear whether the Trump administration will allow the case to proceed, ask for a delay or withdraw the appeal.

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USA Today, Politico
5/22/2017

AHIP and a number of other business and health care groups sent a letter to Senate leaders Friday calling for urgent action to ensure cost-sharing reduction payments are funded for the 2018 plan year, warning that premiums will spike and health plan participation will drop if the payments are not funded. Filing deadlines for most states are in June, so insurers must make final decisions now about whether to participate in the 2018 individual market and how to price products.

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5/22/2017

President Donald Trump's budget plan, to be unveiled Tuesday, reportedly will include major cuts to Medicaid and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, among others. The administration will also call to allow states more flexibility in setting work requirements for anti-poverty programs.

5/22/2017

Nashville's public school system opened the first of several planned wellness centers, a 26,000-square-foot gym and walk-in clinic that will be free for employees. The $7 million center was paid for by reserves built up in the district's insurance fund due to a program that incentivized teachers to get their primary care at school-based clinics.

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Nashville
5/22/2017

Freeman Health System CEO Paula Baker has pledged to improve the health and wellness of employees in the Joplin, Mo.-based system. Baker signed the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's CEO pledge to promote staff engagement in regular physical activity.

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Freeman Health
5/22/2017

The CDC reports that there were 32 outbreaks of cryptosporidium infections in the US in 2016, compared with 16 in 2014, and advises swimmers to be careful not to ingest water in pools. People should also avoid the pool while they are sick and for at least two weeks after their symptoms have subsided.

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CDC
5/22/2017

An Irish study presented at the European Congress on Obesity showed a positive association between fathers' pre-conception vitamin D intake and their children's height and weight at age 5 but not at age 9. However, the findings didn't associate maternal vitamin D intake during the first and second trimester of pregnancy with children's weight and height at ages 5 or 9.

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NewKerala (India)
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5/22/2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recognized 55 state schools for efforts to promote health and wellness. Part of the Michigan School Wellness Award Program, the awards recognize schools for creating wellness teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools and implementing healthy policies.

5/22/2017

Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Biotech claims in a lawsuit that Samsung Bioepis violated its patents on Remicade and refused to participate in a patent resolution process for Bioepis' biosimilar version of the drug.