Trick or Treat! Halloween is just around the corner, are you ready? While you’re carving pumpkins, leaf peeping, wandering corn mazes, and stocking up on candy, be sure to take some time to get through this week’s reads, covering everything from how the political parties are messaging healthcare to major developments in combating the opioid crisis.
- A graphic from 2008 to today shows just how much the topic of healthcare has gained importance for Democratic ad campaigning. And although Republicans are trailing, there has certainly been a spike in their ads too.
- Much to the dismay of the Republican legislature, some residents of the “red state” of Idaho are pushing a grassroots campaign and ballot initiative on Medicaid expansion.
- Republicans have long complained that the Obama Administration limited red states from overseeing their markets. Now, the Trump Administration will allow states to offer less-comprehensive, cheaper health plans that were regulated under the ACA. CMS describes this as a step toward lowering premiums, but for whom?
- How can the Republicans distinguish their attempts to repeal the ACA with their promise to protect pre-existing conditions to voters? Under constant political attack from the Democrats, the Republican healthcare message is under pressure.
- Minnesota just became the first state to sue drugmakers over price gouging, or deceptively raising prices for insulin. It is a battle that may spark future lawsuits in other states.
- Manufacturers are working on producing abuse-resistant opioids to combat the addiction epidemic. But many obstacles stand in the way, such as higher prices and FDA requirements, which will slow progress.
- After signing the bipartisan piece of opioid legislation, Trump is confident that changes will be made to combat the epidemic, but they won’t happen overnight. Researchers will be observing several factors overtime to gauge the state of the crisis.
- How do rural Americans suffering from the opioid crisis receive their help? Some paramedics spend their days knocking on doors and tracking down victims.
- A recommendation by a federal advisory panel would help homeless people receive routine vaccinations. This is a first step, and it comes after an increase in hepatitis A outbreaks.
- After a cyberattack, in which 79 million people had their personal information exposed, the nation’s second largest health insurer, Anthem, will need to pay the government millions of dollars in a settlement agreement.