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Premiums on 2017 plans are rising by comparable amounts both in counties where multiple insurers still compete and in those where only one insurer remains after several companies stopped selling individual plans under the health law, according to Avalere, a consulting firm.
Advocates want alternatives to drugmaker’s pricey pills for those who choose to die in Colorado and elsewhere.
In 2011 the state, seeking to attract lower-cost insurance, enacted a law letting insurers sell any policy that they offer in other states, but no health insurer has taken advantage of it.
States can set their own rules about these benefits for Medicaid enrollees and a study shows wide disparities. But researchers say a repeal of the health law’s expansion could derail progress.
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Outlets report on news from New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Minnesota, California, New Hampshire and Washington.
“If you compare this time last year we’re seeing twice as many flu cases,” says Dr. Michael Neely, interim chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Kellyanne Conway, an aide to the president, says Donald Trump wants to move toward block grant funding so states have the flexibility to cut waste from their programs. But if Congress decides to take that route, it will have to rule on questions such as what to do about inflation or if drug prices go up and how much each state will receive. Meanwhile, not all Republican governors are happy about possible repeal of the health law.
Outlets report on news from Virginia, Maryland, Florida and California.
The department’s dispatch team is unable to tell who has received training, so it’s “random chance” on whether an officer who arrives at the scene has been trained in how to handle a mental health crisis, according to the report.
A Reuters report shines a light on the communities that have been affected. Officials there say it was a wake-up call they needed. “This has just laid out that it’s not just a Detroit issue, it’s not just a Baltimore issue,” said Ruth Ann Norton, president of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.
Everett, a city north of Seattle, has been hit hard by the painkiller epidemic. In other news, Anthem is changing its policy on pre-authorizations for drugs to treat opioid abuse.
The 334 restrictions passed by states in the past five years account for a third of all restrictions enacted since 1973. Now as Donald Trump is sworn into office, advocates are afraid the women who depend on Planned Parenthood are going to suffer. In other news, a study looks at clinic closures in Texas.
The federal office that oversees Medicaid says the managed care program in Kansas does not meet federal standards and puts the health and safety of enrollees at risk.
Outlets report on health news from Colorado, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Connecticut, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio and Arizona.
Outlets report on health news from Massachusetts, Georgia, Maryland, Kansas, Washington, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Florida, Minnesota and Iowa.
The payments are made to Medicaid managed care plans, which pass them on to doctors, hospitals and clinics that treat a disproportionate share of Medicaid or uninsured patients with complex or costly cases. Federal officials have said the payments are not actuarially sound. Also, Tennessee and North Carolina officials consider future Medicaid policies.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Outlets report on health news from Ohio, Florida, Connecticut, California, North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland and Kansas.
Meanwhile, Chicago and Houston both focus efforts on improving mental health services and training for police and paramedics. And in California, a health provider donates $1.5 million to improve care throughout the state.
Enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program, called Medi-Cal, spiraled by 5 million through the federal health law, and officials are warily watching for signs of the GOP plan to revamp the law. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Virginia, North Carolina, Kansas and Oregon.
Thousands of Americans rally in cities across the country, demanding the government keep the health law.
Opinion writers offer their thoughts on the action surrounding the health law repeal and replace debate.
Outlets report on health news from Minnesota, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, Wisconsin and Ohio.
The statistic is just one of many to show how the epidemic is spreading and ravaging the state. Media outlets report on the crisis out of New Hampshire and West Virginia.