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Nevada’s Second District Congressman, Republican Mark Amodei, has received criticism for his support for the controversial GOP-backed American Heath Care Act. Reno Public Radio’s Paul Boger sat down with Congressman Amodei to talk about his support of the bill.

"It's not politically sexy," says Amodei. "I didn't make a deal to get my picture taken on Air Force One or get a free public lands bill. It's like, you've taken care of my issue I'll support it."

Noah Glick

After voting last week in favor of the new Republican-backed health care law, Nevada U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei is offering another option for Congress to consider: single-payer health care.

Paul Boger

An effort to renew the GOP’s controversial plan to replace the Affordable Care Act seems to be gaining little traction. Yet, Nevada officials are still worried that any changes to the nation's current health care laws could result in thousands of Nevadans losing their coverage. 

Alexa Ard

Monday marked the first major deadline for lawmakers during the 2017 legislative session in Nevada. Legislators worked late into the evening to introduce personal bills.

Nevada's two Congressional Republicans have been confronted by protestors seeking answers on where they stand on a variety of issues, but most especially the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP has vowed to repeal. However, Nevada's Second District Congressman Mark Amodei says lawmakers need to examine the health care law piece-by-piece and evaluate each issue independently. 

"Wiping the whole thing out and starting over again invites that whole roll-out disaster that we had with the ACA, websties are crashing and all that other sort of stuff," says Amodei.

The KUNR news team recently reported on the physical and mental trauma one Syrian family endured while escaping their war-torn country. In part two of this story, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that while federal benefits like Medicaid can help refugees with basic health care, their more complex medical issues can be left untreated.

Memory Care Facility Breaks Ground In Carson City

Oct 27, 2016
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Prestige Care and Carson Tahoe Health recently broke ground on a new skilled nursing and memory care center in Carson City. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

The facility, expected to open late next year, will be in a two-story, 88,000 square foot building. There will be 80 skilled nursing beds on the first floor and 54 beds for memory care assisted-living residents on the second floor.

Low-Income Seniors, Kids Receive Free Shots

Sep 9, 2016
Sarah Parks

A special partnership is now providing free immunizations and other health related aid to children and seniors in Reno who are in need. Reno Public Radio's Sarah Parks reports.

Renown Health is providing Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada with a grant that covers all expenses of the vaccinations, which according to Wendy Damonte, can otherwise come with a hefty fee.

"If you go out to a pharmacy and have to pay for them, they can be expensive, upwards of a couple hundred dollars each, so for them to be able to have this service brought to them is key."

Kirk Gillis (pictured) and other Renown and Stanford executives announced the partnership to a crowd of 100 people.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Renown Health and Stanford Medicine are teaming up to give patients in Northern Nevada critical access to specialty care.

Hospital executives announced at a press conference that Renown patients will now have an easier time seeking specialized medical services like pediatric healthcare.

“We have kids in this community that are diagnosed with tumors,” said Renown executive Kirk Gillis. “We don’t have the type of physician expertise in this community to manage specialized brain tumors or lung tumors in children.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an abortion law in Texas. Our News Director Michelle Billman checked in with local advocates on both sides to hear their thoughts on the controversial ruling.

The court voted 5-3 in opposition to portions of a Texas law that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges with a nearby hospital and to meet the standards of surgical centers in the state.

Northern Nevada HOPES provides healthcare to people regardless of their ability to pay. The center recently opened its doors to a new facility in downtown Reno. Our reporter Anh Gray sits down with the center's CEO Sharon Chamberlain to learn more about the healthcare barriers that exist in the community.

  

California College of Ayurveda

The popularity of ayurvedic medicine is growing in the U.S., but there isn't a formal system yet to license practitioners. To learn more, our contributor Luiza Vieira talked to Marc Halpern in Nevada City, who is at the forefront of this movement.

Ayurveda originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago.  It uses a combination of natural medicines, foods, colors, sounds and touch to help patients.

Marc Halpern is the president of the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City. The school also runs a community clinic.

Douglas County Ranked Healthiest In Nevada

Mar 19, 2016
Alexa Ard

A recent report looking at the overall health of counties in Nevada, ranked Douglas County as the healthiest in state. Mineral County came in last and Washoe was third. 

The report is put out every year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. 

Nevada Ranked As One Of Worst States For Women

Mar 10, 2016
Wallethub.com

Nevada has been ranked as one of the worst states for women to live in. Reporter Rocio Hernandez explores why.

Women With A Vision

This week, students at the University of Nevada, Reno held a conference on how to make healthcare more accessible for everyone no matter their race, socioeconomic situation, gender identity, legal status, or anything else.

The school's Division of Health Sciences brought in Deon Haywood for that conversation. She runs a nonprofit in New Orleans that's been helping under-served populations for almost three decades. While in Reno, she caught up with our News Director Michelle Billman.

UNSOM Health Watch: Cultural Considerations In Healthcare

Feb 19, 2016
Anne McMillin

Cultural Considerations in Healthcare is a two-day symposium exploring ways of expanding healthcare and focusing on a variety of underserved groups. It takes place February 22 and 23 at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

To learn more, Anne McMillin with the University of Nevada School of Medicine spoke to two of the event organizers, Rachel Blinn and Miriam Volpin, for this week’s Health Watch segment.

New Law Will Step Up Playtime In Day Care

Jan 14, 2016
Alexa Ard

Almost a third of children in Nevada between the ages of  four and five are overweight. To address this problem, state lawmakers have passed new regulations for child care centers. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

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A new online tool is offering healthcare data that's broken down for each Nevada county. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports the database provides snapshots on how different counties compare on everything from their healthcare workforce to how many of their residents have health insurance.

March of Dimes

Preterm labor is a common condition that affects about 1 in 10 babies and can lead to lifelong health consequences. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have been looking for a solution and are a step closer to finding one. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

How Telehealth Impacts One Nevada Medical Practitioner

Aug 7, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

 Yesterday, KUNR reported on the massive expansion of telehealth in Nevada. Some healthcare officials think this change will be more burdensome on a doctor’s routine, especially when they’re already spread thin. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli spoke to Carol Meyer, an APRN at a Renown family practice clinic in Fernley, through the teleheatlh network to see how this impacts her day-to-day practice. And don’t be alarmed by the laughter you hear in the background, it’s just Renown’s telehealth team who joined in on the session. 

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