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Insurers Restricting Access To Less Addictive Medication Because Opioids Are Cheaper

KHN Morning Briefing

As the opioid crisis rages on, the roles of various members of the health care landscape have been examined to see how they’ve play a part. But insurers have been largely overlooked so far. In other news, some states are trying to cut down on opioid abuse via pets’ medication. Media outlets also report on news from the crisis out of California, New Jersey, Arizona and Ohio.

Ohio House Speaker Surveys Colleagues About Overriding Kasich’s Medicaid Expansion

KHN Morning Briefing

Last summer, Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the part of the state’s budget bill that would have frozen Medicaid expansion enrollment. Republicans in the House threatened to try to override the veto in July but eventually did not take a vote. Also in Medicaid news, Pennsylvania’s governor says that a cash shortfall is causing Medicaid payments to insurance companies to go out late.

After Tragedy At Fla. Nursing Home, Advocates Say New Rule Protecting Residents Doesn’t Go Far Enough

KHN Morning Briefing

A new federal rule will require that nursing homes have “alternate sources of energy to maintain temperatures to protect resident health and safety.” But some say it is too vague and wouldn’t have necessarily avoided the deaths of the eight residents in Florida even if it had been in effect. Meanwhile, police have obtained a search warrant in their criminal investigation of the Florida nursing home, and The New York Times offers tips on choosing a reliable facility.

Arizona High Court To Hear GOP Lawmakers’ Suit Challenging Expansion Of Medicaid

KHN Morning Briefing

The legislators filed suit in 2013 seeking to stop then Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to expand Medicaid under the federal health law. In other Medicaid news, Iowa officials are considering moving people with serious disabilities out of the state’s new managed care plan and a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to move more people out of nursing homes in Washington, D.C.