San Francisco Set To Ban Sales Of E-Cigarettes

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

The nation's biggest producer of e-cigarettes is based in San Francisco, yet the city is on the verge of banning sales of the devices.

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The Values Of Health Care

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, joins Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Alan Weil of Health Affairs at the Aspen Ideas: Health festival to discuss how consumers’ values impact the politics surrounding the national debate on health care.

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Viewpoints: The Best FDA E-Cig Policies Can Help Adults, Protect Teens; Time To Catch Up With Doctors Granting Risky Vaccine Exemptions

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

Editorial pages focus on these public health issues and others.

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Parsing Policy: Trump’s Focus On Hospital Costs Doesn’t Go Far Enough; States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Promote Misery

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

Opinion writers weigh in on health care policies.

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State Highlights: California Legislature Votes To Restore Individual Mandate; 33 New Measles Cases Reported, Majority In New York

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

Media outlets report on news from California, New York, Oregon, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio.

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Florida Governor Approves Money-Saving Bill Eliminating Medicaid Retroactive Eligibility For Another Year

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

For non-pregnant adults, coverage will only go back to the beginning of the month they apply for Medicaid instead of a 90-day period before they apply. News on Medicaid is also from Georgia.

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Centene, WellCare Turn To Insurance Regulators For Approval Following Shareholders’ Overwhelming Support Of $17B Merger

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

Centene and WellCare said more than 99% of their shareholders supported the merger that would cover nearly 22 million people. They are now working to obtain approvals from insurance regulators in 26 states. Other industry news is on: PatientsLikeMe, uBiome Inc., and Highmark Health.

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Disappointment Surrounding Alzheimer’s Treatment Has Reached Almost Mythical Heights. But Is There A ‘Cabal’ Behind All Those Failures?

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

For some experts it is increasingly apparent that there is another, more disturbing reason for the tragic lack of progress being made in Alzheimer's research. A group of researchers had been so determined that one approach would work, few tried anything else. In other pharmaceutical news: AbbVie announces $63 billion deal to acquire Allergan, an analysis finds drugmakers often commit to follow-up studies after approval but few of them are new; and more.

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Provisions Aimed At Boosting Generic-Drug Market, Raising Legal Age For Tobacco Purchases Added To Senate Health Care Package

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will mark up the overall package on Wednesday. In other news from Capitol Hill, Democrats seek answers from the Department of Agriculture about climate change research, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will meet with 9/11 first responders to talk about the victims' fund.

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‘Access Is Hanging By A Thread’: Judge Kicks Fight Over Missouri’s Last-Remaining Clinic To An Administrative Panel

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer ruled that the clinic has not yet exhausted its options outside of court to handle the dispute over its license to perform abortions. The judge directed Planned Parenthood to take the issue up with the Administrative Hearing Commission, a panel that typically handles disputes between state agencies and businesses or individuals. Abortions are allowed to continue at the clinic until Friday.

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