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‘Big Win For Public Health’: California Bans Widely Used Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked To Brain Damage

KHN Morning Briefing

The pesticide, used on a variety of crops from alfalfa to walnuts, has been said to cause brain damage in children and illnesses in others with compromised immune systems. By February, sales will cease, and farmers are to stop using it by the end of the 2020. The state is budgeting $5.6 million to help pesticide manufacturers develop a safer alternative.

Dozens Of Georgia Hospitals Hit With Medicare Readmission Penalties

KHN Morning Briefing

Under programs set up by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government cuts payments to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and those with the highest numbers of infections and patient injuries. Media outlets take a look at how hospitals in Georgia, Connecticut and Montana fared.

Brutal Killings In NYC Highlight Dangerous Conditions Faced By Homeless

KHN Morning Briefing

Following the rampage, the city will be sending mental-health outreach teams to the area where the attacks occurred to provide emotional support and connect people to appropriate care. But advocates say officials need to address the root causes of such incidents–the homeless crisis.

Supreme Court Announces It Will Take Abortion Case From Louisiana

KHN Morning Briefing

The court’s decision to hear the contentious abortion issue could have ripple effects on the presidential election next year. The Louisiana case involves a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. In other news, a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against a group that secretly filmed employees begins, Kansas residents seek to change the state’s constitution to help end abortions there and Jackson, Miss., officials move to try to cut down the noise around a clinic offering abortions.