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U.S. Urged China To Crack Down On Synthetic Opioids Killing Hundreds Here

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China is believed to be a major source for bootleg opioids, including the potent carfentanil, that are brought into the U.S. and contribute to the painkiller epidemic. In related news on the crisis, Georgia lawmakers consider regulations for opioid treatment centers.

Kansas Committee Expected To Take First Vote On Medicaid Expansion Today

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The issue has been swatted down repeatedly since the health law went into effect, but after moderates ousted several conservatives in last fall’s elections, a legislative panel is scheduled to vote on a measure today. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, says it will be close. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Ohio, Alabama and California.

Cleveland Clinic Reports A 2016 Income Drop — Blames Obamacare Reimbursement Rates And High Drug Prices

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Meanwhile, in Florida, Republicans are pushing to repeal the state’s certificate-of-need regulations, a Kansas House committee blocks a bill that would allow the Kansas University Health System to ban concealed firearms and the Florida-based Nemours Children’s Hospital awaits state regulators’ decision about its new heart and lung transplant center.

GOP Bill Would Roll Back Obama’s Ban On States Defunding Planned Parenthood

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Because the measure, which was sent to the House floor on Tuesday, is being moved through a law that allows Congress to rescind recently finalized rules, the bill cannot be filibustered in the Senate, raising its odds for success. Media outlets report on women’s health news out of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas as well.

Florida Bill Would Allow Women To Sue Doctor 10 Years After Abortion

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The measure letting patients file suit for physical or emotional injuries from an abortion could impact doctors’ liability insurance. Meanwhile, other women’s reproductive health news stories come from California, Iowa and Connecticut.