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Friday 17th February 2017

Viewpoints: GOP Health Plan Runs Contrary To Robin Hood’s Rules By Redirecting Funding From Poor To Rich; The Town Hall Duck And Run

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

Research Roundup: Medicaid Block Grants; Job Loss And The ACA; Growing HIV Coverage

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

State Highlights: Ga. Senate Panel Amends But OKs Surprise Medical Bill Measure; Conn. Non-Profit Hospitals Fight Bid To Make Them Pay Local Property Taxas

Outlets report on news from Georgia, Connecticut, Minnesota, Kansas, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, Ohio and Louisiana.

U.S. Urged China To Crack Down On Synthetic Opioids Killing Hundreds Here

China is believed to be a major source for bootleg opioids, including the potent carfentanil, that are brought into the U.S. and contribute to the painkiller epidemic. In related news on the crisis, Georgia lawmakers consider regulations for opioid treatment centers.

Fla. Law Barring Docs From Discussing Guns With Patients Violates Free Speech, Court Rules

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 10-1 ruling, said, “Florida does not have carte blanche to restrict the speech of doctors and medical professionals on a certain subject."

Mediocre Protection Rates Have Many Asking When We’ll Get A Better Flu Vaccine

Though it was no worse than previous ones, the fact that this year's shot only cut the chance of infection in half highlights the need for a more effective vaccination.

Exclusive CRISPR Licenses ‘Bottleneck’ Innovation, Legal Experts Argue

Licensing deals cut by UC Berkeley and Massachusetts’ Broad Institute may be limiting the potentially lie-saving applications of this gene-editing technology, according to assertions made by intellectual property experts in Friday’s issue of the journal Science.

Kansas Committee Expected To Take First Vote On Medicaid Expansion Today

The issue has been swatted down repeatedly since the health law went into effect, but after moderates ousted several conservatives in last fall's elections, a legislative panel is scheduled to vote on a measure today. The committee's chairman, Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, says it will be close. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Ohio, Alabama and California.

Lawsuit Alleges United Healthcare Overcharged Medicare For Advantage Plan Customers

The lawsuit, which was unsealed Thursday after a five-year investigation by the Department of Justice, suggests the company may have improperly collected "hundreds of millions" of dollars by claiming patients were sicker than they actually were.

Lawmakers Move To Ease Obama-Era E-Cigarette Regulations

A proposal by Republican Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Sanford Bishop of Georgia would get rid of a "grandfather” clause that requires companies selling cigars, pipe tobacco, and vapor products such as e-cigarettes after Feb. 15, 2007 to disclose their ingredients and prove that their products meet the applicable public health standards set by the law.

El “tsunami” de casos de Alzheimer entre latinos plantea inquietudes sobre el cuidado y los costos

Se espera que el número de latinos con la enfermedad roba-memoria aumente más de 8 veces para 2060, a 3.5 millones.

First Edition: February 17, 2017

NOTE TO READERS: KHN's First Edition will not be published Feb. 20. Look for it again in your inbox Feb. 21. Here's today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

Veteran Teaches Therapists How To Talk About Gun Safety When Suicide’s A Risk

Most veterans who commit suicide do so with a gun, but most therapists don't understand gun culture. A veteran who has struggled with depression himself now helps bridge that gap by educating mental health professionals. But here's the trouble: Most therapists aren't gun people. They don't know how to talk about guns and so they don't.

Congressman’s Ties To Foreign Biotech Draw Criticism

Rep. Chris Collins’ enthusiastic investments in Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics preceded share purchases by the Buffalo Republican’s family members, associates and political donors — raising questions from Washington, D.C., to Sydney.

Treatment Gaps Persist Between Low- And High-Income Workers, Even With Insurance

People earning low wages are more likely than those with higher incomes to go to an emergency room or be admitted to the hospital for avoidable conditions, a study in Health Affairs finds.

Thursday 16th February 2017

Right-To-Die Fight Hits National Stage

A Republican-led effort to overturn D.C.'s aid-in-dying law may catalyze a broader effort to ban the practice nationally.

Viewpoints: Will The IRS Do In Obamacare Or Is The Sweeping Health Law Here To Stay Despite Attack?

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

Longer Looks: A K Street Renegade; Dismantling Obamacare & Opioids In Sierra Leone

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.

State Highlights: Surprise Medical Bill Measure Progresses In Ariz. Legislature; Conn. Claims One Of The Lowest Rates Of Uninsured Nationally

Outlets report on news from Arizona, Connecticut, California, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia and Washington, D.C.

Cleveland Clinic Reports A 2016 Income Drop — Blames Obamacare Reimbursement Rates And High Drug Prices

Meanwhile, in Florida, Republicans are pushing to repeal the state's certificate-of-need regulations, a Kansas House committee blocks a bill that would allow the Kansas University Health System to ban concealed firearms and the Florida-based Nemours Children's Hospital awaits state regulators' decision about its new heart and lung transplant center.

Public Health Roundup: Identifying Best Breast Cancer Treatment; Study Finds Wider Lead Exposure

Other news stories related to public health cover Zika, the status of a canceled climate change summit, the benefits of Vitamin D on the cold and flu, depression in new dads, cardiovascular disease, ADHD and more.

Brain Scans May Offer Scientists A Way To Predict Autism In Infancy

The key differences in the MRIs were in how a child’s brain grew in the first year of life. Meanwhile, The Washington Post fact checks President Donald Trump's claim that the number of autism cases in the country is spiking.

One Doctor Can Set Patient On Trajectory Toward Opioid Abuse

Researchers found that doctors they identified as “high-intensity” prescribers sent one in four patients home with opioids. “Low-intensity” prescribers gave opioids to one in 14 patients. The patients who saw a high-intensity prescriber were 30 percent more likely to become long-term users.

The Battle Is Heating Up Between Planned Parenthood And At Least 15 GOP-Controlled Legislatures

In those states, lawmakers are aiming to cut tens of millions of dollars received by the reproductive health organization through Medicaid. Also, abortion-related legislation advances in Indiana, Arizona and Texas.

Dementia Continues To Flummox Drugmakers As It Replaces AIDS As One Of World’s Top Killers

In 2015 the disease claimed double the amount of lives it did in 2000, but promising treatment after promising treatment fail in trials.

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