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Medicaid Set to Overwhelm New Mexico’s Budget

New Mexico is one of 28 states that expanded Medicaid coverage for impoverished adults as part of the implementation of Obamacare, resulting in more than 216,000 people joining the state’s Medicaid roster and pushing the total to nearly 800,000 enrollees. Combined with a loss of federal funds used to pay for the expansion in 2016, the state will face a serious budget crunch, the Associated Press reports. The federal government currently pays 100 percent of the cost of the expansion, but that...

FDA Bans Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned trans fats, demanding food companies remove the ingredient from their products, such as frostings, microwave popcorn, packaged pies, frozen pizzas, margarine, and coffee creamers, within the next three years. FDA’s rule says hydrogenated oils—the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods—are no longer generally recognized as safe for use in food. FDA says banning trans fats will help to reduce heart disease, the nation’s...

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