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February 24th, 2010
03:40 PM ET

Reporting sexual abuse

By Elizabeth Cohen & Sabriya Rice

The recent case of a Delaware pediatrician indicted for sexually abusing his patients has many concerned. Experts we spoke to say if you suspect a physician is abusing a child, immediately contact your state medical board, the local police and child protective services.

According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human services, nearly all U.S. states have a list professionals who are required by law to contact the proper authorities if they feel a child is endangered. Click here for a list of those professions, and for a better understanding of the statutes in your state. In certain circumstances you can be fined for NOT reporting an incident. In many states, however, including the state of Delaware where Dr. Earl Bradley practiced, reporters are given immunity from civil and criminal liability if they provide the information in good faith.  

Filed under: Rick Sanchez
November 5th, 2009
11:03 AM ET

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August 18th, 2009
08:45 AM ET

Should Insurance Cover Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Should Insurance Cover Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Jake Paikai is 22 years old and weighs more than 600 pounds. He can’t walk more than 20 feet without getting winded. He can’t reach his own shoes or ride in most cars.

Jake wants gastric bypass surgery, is afraid without it he’ll die soon. But his mother’s health insurance won’t cover the surgery and he can’t afford it on his own. So he’s started a web site and hopes through that he can raise money for the surgery…not just for himself but for others in his situation.

Gastric surgery costs tens of thousands of dollars. Our question for you: should insurance cover gastric bypass surgery?

Post your comments below.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Rick Sanchez
August 13th, 2009
08:52 AM ET

Should He Stay or Should He Go?

A respected college basketball coach is now in the spotlight for something other than wins and losses.

Well, that may not be entirely true.

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino may have lost his dignity, over his admission to having sex six years ago, with a woman in a restaurant.

Pitino is married, with five children.

Now on to the sordid details of the story.

The woman contacted Pitino weeks after the tryst, saying she was pregnant, and had no health insurance.

His lawyers says she was paid $3,000, but that Pitino didn't know the money could be used for an abortion.

Now, that same woman is awaiting trial, for allegedly trying to extort 10 million dollars from the coach. She has pleaded not guilty.

University officials are saying little, except that they're surprised.

So we want to know what you think.

Should he stay or go, as head basketball coach at Louisville?

Send us your thoughts.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Rick Sanchez