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How Pete Buttigieg wants to tackle health care disparities

December 5, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Tuesday released a plan intended to combat inequality in the U.S. health care system.

Bike helmets can save lives. So why do many biking advocates oppose helmet laws?

December 5, 2019


The National Transportation Safety Board for the first time is recommending that local officials require people to wear helmets when they bike—and while biking advocates support wearing helmets, they are balking at the recommendation.

Why 541 local governments are ditching the class settlement to resolve opioid lawsuits

December 5, 2019


Hundreds of local governments in regions of the United States most affected by the opioid epidemic have opted out of participating in a novel legal mechanism designed to settle thousands of lawsuits that claim drug distributors and manufacturers fueled the opioid crisis, according to court filings released Monday.

How Vermont wants to import Rx drugs from Canada

December 4, 2019


Vermont last week became the second state to submit to HHS a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada, as President Trump in recent weeks has reiterated his intention to allow states to do so.

'Life interrupted': More millennials are becoming caregivers in their 20s and 30s

December 4, 2019


Of the 40 million caregivers in the United States, one-fourth of them are millennials, according to a report from the AARP Public Policy Institute—representing a generation with a unique set of challenges.

Massachusetts just enacted the toughest e-cigarette restrictions in the US

December 3, 2019


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new state restrictions on sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes and an outbreak of a vaping-linked lung illness.

The Medicare Plan Finder tool got a big update. (It's not going well.)

November 27, 2019


CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various technical glitches with the revamped tool, which they say are causing inaccurate cost estimates.

In the states: Louisiana cuts 46K beneficiaries from Medicaid, a third judge strikes down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule, and more

November 27, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Medicaid work requirements are facing another legal challenge—this time, in Michigan

November 26, 2019


Three advocacy groups on behalf of four Medicaid beneficiaries last week filed a lawsuit seeking to block Michigan from implementing Medicaid work requirements that HHS approved last year.

Tennessee submitted its controversial request for block-grant Medicaid funding. Will CMS approve it?

November 22, 2019


Tennessee this week formally submitted to CMS a controversial Medicaid waiver proposal to convert the state's Medicaid financing structure from an open-ended federal funding system into a block-grant system—a proposal that is widely supported by conservatives but is likely to face legal challenges if approved.

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