Source: Kaiser Health News

Alcohol-Linked Disease Overtakes Hep C As Top Reason For Liver Transplant

New research suggests that attitudes toward liver transplant candidates who have a history of alcohol abuse are softening.


Viewpoints: Drug Bill Could Boost More Partnerships, Lower Prices; Consumerism Is Growing, Finally, In Health Care

Editorial writers focus on how to reduce health care costs and other health issues.


State Highlights: New York Joins 14 Other States Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ For Minors; Doctors For Comatose Woman Who Gave Birth Leave Arizona Facility

Media outlets report on news from New York, Arizona, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, California, Louisiana, Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas and Colorado.


Maryland Attorney General’s Lead Poisoning Lawsuit Cites Company’s ‘Outrageous Abuse Of Younger Adults’

The lawsuit details how Access Funding pressured victims, many of whom were mentally impaired, with calls and texts offering quick cash. News on lead poisoning comes out of Ohio, also.


Patients Who Receive Transplants Often Have To Take Damaging Anti-Rejection Meds Their Whole Lives. Scientists Are Hoping To Change That.

Right now, patients often face the choice between dying from organ failure or dying years later of complications from their anti-rejection medications. Scientists, however, see hope in the idea of training the body to accept the new organs. In other public health news: veterans and yoga, syphilis, suicides, sweat, edibles, back pain, allergies, and more.


Scientist Who Used Gene Editing On Human Embryos Likely To Face Criminal Charges In China

China acknowledged the births and the fate of He Jiankui for the first time Monday. The Chinese ministry said it "resolutely opposed He's work,'' but the global science community argues He’s case underscores China’s lack of updated laws governing genetic research.


Has Program To Improve Readmission Rates For Medicare Beneficiaries Backfired?

Two new studies stoke skepticism over a program that penalizes hospitals when readmissions within 30 days exceeded national averages. While some worry the program hurts the very people it's meant to protect, other experts defend the measures.


CVS, Walmart Resolve Pricing Dispute That Threatened Future Of Partnership

CVS says Walmart will allow its stores to continue to participate in CVS’s pharmacy networks to provide prescription drugs to patients through commercial and managed Medicaid programs. The agreement comes days after CVS announced Walmart would withdraw from its prescription networks.


Medicaid Work Requirements That Exempt Native American Tribe Members Approved For Arizona

Arizona is the eighth state to receive permission to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries but will be the first to allow an exemption for members of federally recognized tribes. Meanwhile, rural hospitals struggle to remain open, especially in states that didn't expand Medicaid.


Trump Vows To Defend ‘Right To Life’ As Antiabortion Marchers Hit The Streets In D.C.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence touted the administration's policy decisions during the annual March for Life on Friday. “If they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto and we have the support to uphold those vetoes,” Trump said in a message to the thousands gathered. In other women's health news: abortion bills are likely to stall in a divided Congress; the Trump administration is poised to finalize conscience protections for health workers; for now Planned Parenthood will remain a state Medicaid provider; and more.


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