Morning CheckUp: May 11, 2012

NARAL president to step down: “At the end of this year, Nancy Keenan will step down from her post as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the country’s oldest abortion-rights advocacy group. The 60-year-old Keenan said she is leaving out of concern for the future of the pro-choice movement — and thinks she could be holding it back.” [Washington Post]

House Republicans vote to slash Medicaid: “House Republicans voted Thursday to make major cuts in Medicaid spending and let across-the-board Medicare cuts take effect as scheduled. In a party-line vote, the House passed a budget reconciliation measure that would cut healthcare programs to pay for defense spending.” [The Hill]

FDA panel approves drug to prevent HIV infections: “An anti-HIV combination pill should be approved to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, an FDA advisory committee agreed overwhelmingly Thursday. The combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir is safe and well tolerated, the committee decided, and helps prevent HIV infection when used daily by people at high risk.” [MedPage Today]

Illinois House ends free health care for state retirees: “The Illinois House voted Wednesday to eliminate a premium-free insurance perk for retired state workers, including university employees, judges and lawmakers. Senate Bill 1313, which passed by a 74–43 vote, would require retirees to pay for their health insurance, regardless of how long they worked for the state.” [Illinois Statehouse News]


Washington State declares Whooping Cough epidemic: “Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.” [AP]

CDC: Young adults ignoring skin-cancer warnings: “Half of U.S. adults under 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year — about the same as a decade ago, according to a government survey released Thursday. In fact, the modest progress reported five years ago has been wiped out. Not only that, but women in their 20s are going to tanning salons almost twice a month on average.” [AP]