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Test Strips Allow People Using Opioids To Test Their Supply For Fentanyl

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The synthetic drug is extremely powerful and is contributing to the high number of overdoses across the country. These kits could help people determine if what they are about to take is stronger than they thought it was. Meanwhile, IBM and MAP Health Management are teaming up to create software to help identify and treat addiction.

Who’s To Blame For Premium Spikes This Year? Well, There’s Enough To Go Around

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Insurers are still trying to overcome financial difficulties they’ve had under the Affordable Care Act, but uncertainty on the future of the marketplace due to turmoil in Washington, D.C., hasn’t helped either. Meanwhile, even if President Donald Trump follows through on his threats to stop the “insurer bailouts,” it could actually make plans more affordable.

Quiz: Help Us Take The Pulse Of Our Readers

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Even the most exalted among us realize health care policy is complicated. Here’s a pop quiz to see what you have learned as a regular reader of Kaiser Health News.

With Opioid Crisis Continuing To Escalate Cherokee Nation Takes Drug Distributors To Court

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This first-of-its-kind lawsuit takes on companies such as CVS Health, Walgreens and Wal-Mart and alleges that they did not properly monitor prescription drugs. Meanwhile, New York health officials have issued new warnings for the western part of the state regarding a weekend spike in overdose deaths associated with various drug combinations of fentanyl.

Drugmakers Would Be Required To Notify HHS, Justify Price Hikes Under New Bill

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The companies would have to provide manufacturing, R&D, marketing costs, as well as net profits associated with the drugs. In other pharmaceutical news, consolidation and how it’s led to higher drug prices; direct-to-consumer ads and their role in pushing drugs; and what happens when a patient’s body turns against the drugs trying to save them.

For Medicaid Enrollees In Maine, Concerns Grow About Possible Cuts In Funding

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Families that depend on the federal-state health care program for low-income residents fear that changes championed by congressional Republicans could undermine coverage, especially for people with disabilities and seniors who need long-term care. Also, Illinois officials are preparing to shake up which companies provide managed care services for the state’s Medicaid program.

Former Insurance Executive Details How Companies ‘Rigged’ Medicare Payments

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In an interview with The New York Times, former UnitedHealthcare official Benjamin Poehling talks about his allegations that Medicare Advantage plans would list patients as very sick to get better federal payments. In other Medicare news, some groups representing health care providers are asking federal officials to give more consideration to the process of removing Social Security numbers from Medicare ID cards and John Oliver uses his show to skewer a dialysis provider.

Ideas For Tackling Prescription Drug Costs Gain Traction With White House, Lawmakers

KHN Morning Briefing

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that the administration is looking at ways to make drugmakers pay for mandatory rebates on medications bought through Medicare, as done with Medicaid. And Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will hold listening sessions on the issue in the coming weeks.

Ryan Says He Continues To Seek To Revamp Medicare To Help Control Federal Spending

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The House speaker says in a radio interview that he is seeking “comprehensive Medicare legislation because that is the biggest one of all the unfunded liabilities.” Also, a new Commonwealth Fund study looks at the out-of-pocket health costs facing Medicare beneficiaries, and federal officials make an adjustment on new payment rules for doctors.