Last week, Congress reached a deal on a comprehensive package meant to tackle the opioid crisis around the country. Candidates for the midterm election are still putting healthcare at the forefront of their campaigns. Here is some of the other healthcare-related news we’re paying attention to this week:
- A new study shows that rural, low-income voters, many of whom voted for President Trump, are less likely to have health insurance than the urban poor in states that opted out of expanding Medicaid under the ACA.
- Dozens of insurers are joining a lawsuit allowing them to sue the government of President Trump’s termination of cost-sharing payments, a component of the ACA.
- The Trump Administration believes that imposing work requirements for Medicaid is an incentive for lifting people out of poverty. Here’s how it’s going in the first state to test this.
- In New Jersey, a Republican candidate for Senator is unexpectedly using his background in the pharmaceutical industry as the cornerstone of his campaign.
- Republican leaders are trying to get the final opioid bill to President Trump before midterm elections. They are also using this achievement to their advantage in advertisements.
- On Wednesday, the House passed The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, legislation that would reauthorize HHS to respond to threats from emerging infectious diseases and chemical agents.
- A new policy in Santa Cruz County, California means that treatment for low-income residents with drug-related criminal charges must be decided by physicians, not the court. The consequences of this have so far meant longer jail sentences.
- For years Medicare has punished hospitals for having too many patients end up back into their care within a month. But these sanctions may soon change, as hospitals have challenged lawmakers that these patients are prone to complications after leaving the hospital because of factors out of the hospital’s control.
- Many people are unaware of how costly an emergency air ambulance can be. A radiologist discovered this first hand after a devastating injury. And after the House passed a bill that would allow states to regulate air ambulances, people are wondering whether Congress will really step up to lower costs.