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Rural Georgia Hospitals To See Financial Benefit From New Tax Increase

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In other state hospital news, executives for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health tout the economic benefits of merging the two facilities. And a Philadelphia hospital brings in puppies and kittens to relieve the stress of its medical staff.

Lawyers For OxyContin Maker Ask Judge To Dismiss Suit Filed By City Over Opioid Epidemic

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Purdue Pharma argues that the lawsuit by Everett, Washington, has “multiple, independent legal failings.” In other stories on the nation’s drug crisis: the nominee for New Hampshire attorney general has defended a major opioid manufacturer; an Ohio toxicologist develops a test for carfentanil; kids call 911 when they wake up to find their overdosed parents; and the debate over needle exchanges goes on as hepatitis C spreads.

Obscure Medicaid Funding Provision In GOP Bill Roils New York Politics

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In an effort to attract more Republican votes for the Obamacare replacement bill, House leaders added a provision that shifts some costs from counties onto the state, and that is raising problems in Albany. Also in the news, the impact of adding a work requirement to Medicaid, managed care insurers’ reactions to the House legislation, fears in some states about losing expansion coverage and the effect of the Hill debate on efforts in Kansas to expand Medicaid.

Researchers Investigate How Different Zika Strains Impact Fetal Development

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The Asian strain of the virus, which has been linked to microcephaly, attacks fetal cells differently than the African strain. In other Zika news, Florida health officials report case of locally acquired case as well as four additional travel-related infections.