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The Whole Women’s Health Alliance, which won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case in 2016, filed the lawsuit Thursday, stating the state’s abortion restrictions put “medically unnecessary burdens on patients, require doctors to lie to their patients and have led to clinics being shut down.” Among the old Texas laws being newly challenged are requirements that only doctors and not clinic staff can perform abortions, licensing standards, required ultrasounds in which the image of the fetus is shown to the patient and 24-hour waiting periods.
The news is welcome as brand-name Suboxone film costs about $200 a month without insurance. In other news on the crisis: Kentucky sues Walgreens; vulnerable lawmakers look to win big political points with opioids package; mothers in treatment struggle to keep their children; and more.
Even as lawmakers and government officials start to embrace Medicaid, advocates in states are building momentum with a push to get expansion on ballots. Medicaid news comes out of Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa, Ohio, Massachusetts and Texas, as well.
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In a state that prides itself on a less-government-is-better mantra, the findings might reflect changing values: 64 percent think Medicaid should be expanded.
Sales of prescription opioids on so-called cryptomarkets rose faster after 2014 in the U.S. than elsewhere. By July 2016, sales through cryptomarkets in the U.S. represented 13.7 percent of all drug sales.
As more and more states start adding work requirements to their Medicaid programs, this court will decide if they’re legal. Medicaid news comes out of Kansas and Iowa, as well.
If the pre-existing conditions provision of the health law is stripped away by an upcoming court case — which the Justice Department announced last week it will not defend — it won’t just affect people who buy their health care on the health law marketplace. Meanwhile, a group of Democratic lawmakers are demanding more information on the administration’s decision, and candidates plan on using it as a talking point in the upcoming midterms.
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While profits were surging, patients at St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Darby, Penn. were suffering from what a state official called “extreme” conditions, including a lack of proper wound treatment and nursing care. Meanwhile, in Florida, in a dispute over death certificates, a judge ruled in favor of the nursing home where residents died following a hurricane.
“It was Purdue’s executives who led and directed this illegal business model, leading to addiction and deception to enrich a few while leaving a path of devastation and destruction in its wake,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The state joins others that have turned to the courts to try to combat the opioid epidemic.
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Children end up having to wait years to get help. Families have filed a class action lawsuit against South Carolina asserting that the state is violating the law by not providing medically necessary treatment. Medicaid news comes out of Iowa and Ohio, as well.
Patients whose vision is improved to 20/20 are considered success stories, but just because they can now see the little letters on the charts doesn’t mean the procedure went off without a hitch. In other public health news: PrEP and HIV; the nationwide DNA research initiative; lobotomies; belly fat; exercise; genetic tests; hunger and irritation; 3D organs; and more.
The death toll from Pulse ranks as the second-most lethal mass shooting in the United States, surpassed only by the 59 lives lost when a gunman opened fire in October 2017 on an outdoor country music festival from a high-rise hotel window in Las Vegas and then killed himself.
The Department of Education has launched an investigation into the university’s response into complaints against Dr. George Tyndall and his alleged misconduct going back decades.
The agency released guidelines on Monday specifically geared toward helping states use Medicaid to help infants born addicted to opioids. Meanwhile, lawmakers worry that the FDA is not doing enough to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the country.
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New Hampshire had been the only New England state without protections for transgender people. It joins 19 other states in doing so.