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With Some Republican Support, Virginia Edges Closer To Medicaid Expansion
3/16/2018 01:16:34 PM
More than a dozen Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates voted to expand Medicaid, and at least one state senator may be leaning in favor of expansion. It will be the hot topic as legislators are called back to Richmond to hash out a budget in the special session starting April 11.
Viewpoints: Look To Idaho For Final Break From Obamacare; Trump, Concerned About Veterans’ Care? Then Keep Secretary Shulkin
3/16/2018 08:48:27 AM
Opinion pages highlight these health care topics and others.
Research Roundup: Payday Loans; Human Trafficking; And How Psychopaths See The World
3/16/2018 08:48:21 AM
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
State Highlights: Measles Warnings Issued In 3 States Due To Sickened Travelers; California Grapples With Cuts For Mental Health Services
3/16/2018 08:48:18 AM
Media outlets report on news from Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, California, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia and Massachusetts.
Two Drug Crises Collide In Older Patients Being Prescribed Opioids While Hooked On Benzos
3/16/2018 08:48:14 AM
But even apart from the added dangers of opioids, advocates say there are too many older Americans relying on anti-anxiety drugs and sleep medications. In other public health news: genetic tests, mutations, our ancestors, heart health, CTE, adults on Adderall, and more.
After Mass Shootings, ‘Why?’ Often Becomes The Most Important Question No One Can Answer
3/16/2018 08:48:10 AM
A month after the Parkland, Fla. school massacre, officials still don't have an explanation for the event. Meanwhile, more states are creating anonymous tip lines to try to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. And a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut could decide if gunmakers can be held responsible for mass shootings.
Families Fear ‘Last Chance To Have Babies May Be Gone’ After Losing Eggs In Fertility Clinic Failures
3/16/2018 08:48:06 AM
“Their dreams of future children were irrevocably destroyed," Adam Wolf, the lawyer for a family suing the San Francisco fertility center, said. "They entrusted their eggs and embryos after exhausting other avenues to have children.”
Beneath Virginia’s Medicaid Battle Is More Fundamental Fight Over Political Path Forward In Trump Era
3/16/2018 08:48:03 AM
Virginia was the first state to see its Legislature reshaped by an anti-Trump wave, but while many seats in the House were nabbed by Democrats, the Senate wasn't touched.
Lawmakers Question Shulkin About Focus On Veterans’ Care Amid Squabbling, Scandal At VA
3/16/2018 08:48:00 AM
“I’ve come here to improve the lives of vets. A lot of people are more interested in politics. I’m interested in getting the job done," Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said at a House hearing. "I do believe we are getting back on track."
Bill Would Prohibit ‘Gag Clauses’ That Prevent Pharmacists From Telling Patients Of Best Payment Method
3/16/2018 08:47:56 AM
Middlemen are negotiating contracts deals where pharmacists can't tell the patients that paying cash might actually be less expensive than the insurance co-payment. The middlemen then pocket the difference. Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, Republicans are signaling support for changes to the 340B drug discount program.