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The Next Battlefield On The War Against Opioids: Veterinarians’ Offices

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Some states are requiring vets to check the prescription histories of pets’ owners, but there are those who say they’re not qualified to be in that position. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist found a disturbing pattern of teenage suicide in areas affected by the opioid crisis.

Life Of Idaho Couple With Job Problems And No Insurance: ‘I Just Want Stability’

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The Idaho Statesman profiles a well-educated couple facing the effects of diabetes and poor job prospects who are caught in the Medicaid gap. Meanwhile, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) says he has a health care plan that would let people buy into states’ Medicaid plans. In New England, Maine Republicans are raising concerns about a referendum to expand Medicaid, and a New Hampshire official said federal officials were not responsive to the state’s questions about expansion.

Medicaid Officials Say Repeal Effort Bolsters Support Of Program And Efforts To Improve It

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Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, says states will likely soon begin bids to bolster the program to be better coordinated. In other news, Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion in Maine are beginning to organize to fight a referendum there and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe presses lawmakers once again to expand the program there.

‘Obviously We Had A Setback’: McConnell Uncertain About Next Steps On Health Care

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says after Congress returns from recess that Republicans will have to sit down with Democrats and figure out a way forward. Meanwhile, state and local groups are stepping up to preemptively counter any lack of enrollment support from the federal government.