A Nov. 19 shooting that killed five people and wounded 19 at a Colorado Springs nightclub has officials considering changes to strengthen Colorado’s red flag law, particularly in self-declared “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” where emergency petitions to remove a person’s guns are filed less frequently and usually denied.

The three-year-old state law allows law enforcement officials or family members to seek a court order to seize the guns of a person who poses a threat to themselves or others. But the Club Q shooting underscores a fundamental challenge for it and other red flag laws: Sheriffs often refuse to use the measures based on a belief that they infringe on the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

El Paso County, where the Colorado Springs shooting happened, is one such place. It has the lowest approval rate for initial court petitions filed under the law of any county in Colorado

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A new KFF analysis finds disenrollment rates were lower in the 12 months leading up to annual renewals for children in states with 12-month continuous eligibility compared with states without the policy. Congress is expected to pass an omnibus spending bill by the end of the year that would require 12-month continuous eligibility for children in all states.

The analysis also finds that in states with 12-month continuous eligibility, a smaller share of children disenrolled from Medicaid and then re-enrolled within the year – a phenomenon known as “churn.” Churn often indicates children are losing coverage due to administrative burdens even if they remain eligible for coverage.

In the study, KFF analysts used Medicaid claims data to measure enrollment outcomes among a cohort of children newly enrolled in Medicaid in July 2017 in states with and without 12-month continuous eligibility.

By month 12 (before annual renewals), the share of children

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No matter the circumstances, unemployment can be stressful – and maybe even a little frightening. There are so many unknowns, right? Especially that moment when you realize you still need health insurance. But getting quality coverage is easier than you think, whether you’re looking for something temporary or long term. Let’s walk through all the different ways you can find, buy and enroll in affordable coverage while you’re unemployed.

Health insurance options when you become unemployed

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you’ll no longer have to face penalties for being uninsured. However, access to quality health care at an affordable price is still an important part of your overall well-being, especially if you have pre-existing conditions. But what about the insurance you had at your last job? Typically, employer-sponsored health coverage ends either on your last day of employment or the last day of the month in which you

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Researchers have found that coffee consumption can help reduce the higher risk of type 2 diabetes that women with a gestational diabetes history have.

One of the high-risk groups for type 2 diabetes is women who have suffered from diabetes while pregnant, commonly referred to as gestational diabetes. In comparison to generally healthy females, these women can have 10 times the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Existing research has determined that rather than sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened drinks, consuming 2 to 5 daily cups of either decaffeinated or caffeinated coffee is potentially a healthier alternative to help delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

This is probably as a result of coffee’s bioactive components, such as naturally-occurring plant micronutrients known as polyphenols which can promote good health and are found in small quantities in plants and some foods, which include vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and oils.

Although coffee seems to reduce

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As 2022 draws to a close, let us gaze back at some of the global health stories from the past 12 months. And while COVID-19 is undoubtedly still fresh in our minds, this year’s list contains some heartening indications of normalcy: offline classes, researchers reenergized their fieldwork, and people are back to their offices. Undoubtedly, there were reminders that COVID-19 and other public health threats still threaten us. But these success stories demonstrate that we can overcome even the most difficult health challenges by collaborating across boundaries and with a common goal. So here are a few…

1. Monkeypox Rise and Decline

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A total of 80,000 cases of monkeypox were reported in 109 countries in 2022, which led to 36 fatalities. Hmmm….this year’s outbreaks were the first on record for most of these nations. Globally, the number of new infections began to decline by the end of August, and the

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