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American Health Care Act Passes House

This afternoon, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass an amended H.R. 1620, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which proposes to significantly alter the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 217 to 213 vote was largely along party lines, with twenty Republicans voting “no”. This action represents one step in a multiple step process. The bill will now be forwarded to the United States Senate, where it is expected to be substantially changed.

Changes to Pediatric Dental Anesthesia May Hit Roadblock

The death of an Albany boy after a visit to the dentist has inspired a call for sweeping changes to state law that could move forward next week. But there's a battle. Consumer Investigator Chris Chmura explains how kids dentist appointments could change -- and why some are against it.

Support safe dental anesthesia for California children: Guest commentary

If your child needs to have tonsils removed, you probably take it for granted that a physician who specializes in anesthesiology will take care of anesthesia and monitoring, while the surgeon focuses 100 percent attention on performing the surgery.

Staying Awake in Surgery

Today’s minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques allow patients to undergo complex procedures with small incisions and fast recovery times. Nearly all these cases require general anesthesia, controlled breathing and complete muscle paralysis; the surgeon needs a motionless target. The patient cannot be awake.

Repeal and Replace Rejected in House

On Friday, March 24, Republican leadership removed the House GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from consideration on the House Floor. This move to postpone final votes on the House Republican budget reconciliation bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), follows days of debate as House Republican leaders and the President worked to develop a package that Republican members could support.