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State Highlights: Calif. Single Payer Proposal In The Spotlight; Neglect Charges At Md. Assisted-Living Home

Media outlets report on news from California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire, Florida, Minnesota and Georgia.

New Shingles Vaccine May Be Approved With Preferred Rating From Influential Expert Panel

Today’s other public health news covers increased options for mammograms, the connection between the gut and brain, new science on dreams and screening kids for obesity.

$2B Included To Fight Opioid Epidemic Far Short Of The Funding Some Republicans Were Seeking

Republican senators in states that have been hit hard by the crisis were seeking $45 billion over 10 years.

Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

Experts say the loopholes would allow states to bypass some protections for people with preexisting conditions.

Viewpoints: Opioids And America’s Backward Slide; Remaining Vigilant Against Zika

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

Longer Looks: Obamacare’s 6-Year-Old Lobbyist; Mental Illness In Prison; And Antibiotic Resistance

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

Cutting Medicaid Funding In Midst Of Opioid Crisis Would Be ‘Catastrophic,’ Advocates Warn

“It would essentially write off a generation,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, president of BrightView Health, a network of drug treatment clinics in Cincinnati. In other news on the opioid crisis, Missouri becomes the latest state to file suit against drugmaker Purdue Pharma, one in four people on Medicaid received opioids in 2015, and a county reveals its plan to curtail the epidemic.

Viewpoints: A New Tool In The Fight Against The Opioid Epidemic; Standing Up For The Hungry

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

Mass. Gov. Presents Plan To Push Businesses To Pay More Of State’s Rising Medicaid Expenses

In other state legislative news, a recently signed Texas bill would alter the state’s Teacher Retirement System health care plan. Outlets also report on developments from Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan and Kansas.

They’re Going To Addiction Treatment Centers For Help And ‘Leaving In Body Bags’

Hoping for a fresh start, thousands of young people addicted to opioids are winding up in Florida in places that benefit from relapse rather than the recovery they advertise. Meanwhile, a new study finds that hospitalization rates are skyrocketing because of the crisis.

Money To Fight Opioid Epidemic Could Be Deciding Factor For Health Bill’s Chances

Senators from states that have been particularly hard hit by the opioid crisis are drawing a line in the sand over funding to curb the epidemic.

Viewpoints: The Impact Of Artificial Intelligence On Health Care; Chronic Disease Rates ‘A Wake-Up Call’ For Policymakers

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

State Highlights: Boston Mayor’s Budget Includes More Mental Health Clinicians To Aid Police Responders; Mo. House Panel OKs Amended Abortion Restrictions

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington, Minnesota and California.

Viewpoints: Problems With Drug Labeling Rules; Fixing Genes; Mental Illness And Punishment

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

State Highlights: Calif. To Give $20M In Emergency Grants To Health Clinics; Legionnaires’ Strikes Again In New York

Media outlets report on news from New York, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Ohio and Texas.

The One-Paragraph Letter That Helped Shape The Opioid Epidemic

A letter, published in a 1980 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, has been twisted and misrepresented by the makers of painkillers to prove their products are not addictive. In other news, researchers look at why treating opioid addiction can be complicated and the American Medical Association backs supervised injection sites.

A ‘Safe’ Space To Shoot Up: Worth A Try?

A bill pending in the state legislature could make the Golden State the first in the U.S. to open establishments where intravenous drug users can shoot up under medical supervision. Proponents say that would save lives.

Viewpoints: Waiting For The Doctor; Preventing A Mental Health Crisis

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

State Highlights: Minn. Nurses Union Helps Pay Patients’ Medical Debts; Head Of Colo.’s State Mental Hospital Resigns

Media outlets report on health-related news from Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California.

Texas Gov. Vetoes Legislation To Create A Public Defender Office For People With Mental Health Disorders

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott did sign measures that give a boost for telemedicine and provide for postpartum depression screening for low-income women, among others. Meanwhile, guns and abortion measures have been hot topics in Kansas.

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