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The Maryland Medicaid Program is rolling out two initiatives aimed at fighting the opioid crisis.
 
(Politico)
The popular telemedicine program would face the axe under Medicaid cuts.
 
Kentucky seeks stricter work requirements for Medicaid enrollees
(Modern Healthcare)
After nearly a year of negotiations, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has submitted an amended Medicaid waiver request to the CMS that proposes a stricter work requirement than the state originally requested.
 
(PR Newswire) 
Maxor National Pharmacy Services, LLC ("Maxor"), today announced the opening of two on-site pharmacies at Unity Health Care's Parkside and Upper Cardozo Health Centers. These two on-site pharmacies will provide patients with personalized service and the convenience of having their prescriptions filled while visiting the health centers.
 
(Washington City Paper)
Nine months before the country's Obamacare insurance marketplaces were due to debut online, the agency responsible for building the District's version made its first hire. No state began work on its marketplace later than the District.
 
Cruz plan could be key to unlocking healthcare votes
(The Hill)
The fate of of legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare could hinge on an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz.
  
GOP Health Bill Could Let Insurers Cap Spending On Expensive Patients
(npr)
The health care legislation under discussion in the Senate could allow states to remove some of the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections - including the prohibition that keeps insurers from limiting how much they'll pay for medically needy, expensive patients. Clara Hardy's parents worry about the Senate bill for just this reason.
 
(The New York Times)
As a program for low-income Americans, Medicaid requires the poor to pay almost nothing for their health care. Republicans in Congress have made clear that they want to change that equation for many, whether through the health bill that is struggling in the Senate or through future legislation.
 
How Congress could pass a bipartisan health bill people actually like 
(The Washington Post)
In arguing for the Senate health-care bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) reportedly warned his fellow Republicans that if they didn't pass it, they'd have to work with Democrats to shore up the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges.
 
Trump's Surgeon General Pick Built Reputation Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana
(npr)
Several weeks before President Trump nominated Indiana's state health commissioner Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, Adams toured the Salvation Army Harbor Light detox center in Indianapolis, Ind., the only treatment facility in the state for people without insurance.
 
 
RACISM & HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS    
  
Nearly Half of DC's Homeless Youth are LGBTQ, and They're Not Getting the Support They Need
(Washingtonian Magazine)
It's easy to overlook homelessness as an LGBTQ issue-despite the fact that 43 percent of homeless youth in Washington identify as such, according to DC's 2016 Homeless Youth Census.
 
White House pays women 80 cents for every dollar paid to men
(CNN)
Women working in the White House earn an average salary of 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues, a CNN analysis found. 
 
The Americans who sympathize most with the LGBT community aren't white 
(Quartz)
As the American author John Steinbeck once said, "You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself." That appears to hold true for the many Americans who feel discriminated against, according to a new study.
 
Wombs for men: Astonishing prospect as fertility doctors back operations so transgender women can have babies
Transgender women who were born male should be given womb transplants so that they can have children, leading NHS doctors have told The Mail on Sunday.
 
Donald Trump just sent a painful message to me and other LGBT people
(USA Today)
The president let Pride Month go by without saying a word about it. Coming out is never easy, but it got a little bit harder this spring.
 
 
WELLNESS NEWS OF THE WEEK

 

(Reuters)   
Providing parents with picture-based instructions - and with dosing tools that closely match the amount of medication needed - may help reduce cases of medication overdoses in children, researchers say.
 
Heartburn drugs tied to increased risk of early death, study says
(CNN)   
At prescription strength, proton-pump inhibitors are associated with a potential 25% increased risk of early death from any cause, suggests new research published Monday in the British Medical Journal Open.
 
Mediterranean diet likely to cut colorectal cancer risk by 86%, says study
(Business Standard)
Consumption of a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and fish, along with a decrease in intake of soft drinks may help cut the risk of developing colorectal cancer by nearly 86 per cent, according to a study.
 
(The New York Times)  
Poor sleep may be an indication of increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, a new study of older people suggests.
 
People with Parkinson's should be monitored for melanoma Mayo study finds
(EurekAlert)  
People with the movement disorder Parkinson's disease have a much higher risk of the skin cancer melanoma, and vice versa, a Mayo Clinic study finds.
 
 
TECH NEWS OF THE WEEK  
 
(The Washington Post)
In 1915, British scientist Frederick Twort saw something weird happening to the bacteria that had invaded his viral cultures: They were disappearing, a sign they had been destroyed. Two years later, French-Canadian microbiologist Félix d' Hérelle observed the same phenomenon in his own lab.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The summer season is kicking off and there's a high-tech way to monitor the effects of all that time outside in the sun.
 
(US News & World Report)
A brain training computer game developed by British neuroscientists has been shown to improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia and could help such patients avert some symptoms of cognitive decline.
 
Hospitals, doctor's offices have differing issues with electronic records
(UPI)
A new study by Brown University has found that maintaining electronic health records, or EHRs, may undermine the connection between physicians and patients.
 
Allergies are making you sneeze. Would putting a filter in your nose help?
(The Washington Post)
If you've got seasonal allergies, come spring (and sometimes all the way through fall), you sneeze, you itch, your nose runs and feels as though it's stuffed with marbles.
 
  
OTHER INTERESTING HEALTH NEWS
 
(CBS News)
As Republicans on Capitol Hill struggle to find common ground on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and as Democrats criticize their plans as too expensive for the neediest in society, one subject is absent from the debate -- why is health care so expensive to begin with?
 
(The Washington Post)
Laura Metro was returning from a run during a summer vacation at the Delaware shore when her daughter, Maison, made an announcement straight from a parent's nightmare: Maison had been playing by the pool with her 3-year-old brother, Clay, as family friends supervised them, when he slipped under the water.
 
To solve organ shortage, states consider 'opt-out' organ donation laws
(STAT News)
The shortage of organs for transplantation is a thorny problem. Nearly 118,000 people in the U.S. are on waiting lists for transplants of kidneys, hearts, livers, and other organs; an estimated 8,000 of them will not live to receive a transplant.
 
A new twist on mental health: Running with the therapist while discussing life's problems
(The Los Angeles Times)
The psychotherapist was in running gear: black tank top, black leggings and black shoes. Her hair was pulled back. She carried only her phone.
 
Older male partners 'lower chances of IVF baby success'
(BBC News)
The success rate of couples going through IVF is dependent on the age of the man - not only the woman, a US study suggests.
 
Watch out for high fees hiding in your health savings account
(CNBC)
Health savings accounts are one of the most-favored investment options in the U.S. tax code. Your HSA contributions are tax-deductible, they grow tax-free and withdrawals avoid taxes if used for qualified health expenses, such as doctor's visits, prescription drugs and dental care.
 
 
VIDEO NEWS OF THE WEEK   
 
Vietnam veterans receive advanced prosthetic arms
Vietnam veterans receive advanced prosthetic arms
Prosthetic 'Luke' arm controlled by sensors on user's feet 
 
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