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Passage of California surprise-bill legislation could spur other states to act

Passage of California surprise-bill legislation could spur other states to act

By Harris Meyer  |  September 01, 2016

California medical consumers will enjoy strong new protection against surprise out-of-network medical bills starting next July, under a hard-fought bill overwhelmingly approved by the state legislature this week. It's widely expected that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will sign it.

In Miami, Clinton urges Congress to act on Zika virus

By Associated Press  |  August 09, 2016

Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding to combat Zika during a visit to a Miami neighborhood dealing with the first U.S. outbreak of the disease.

Obama signs compromise drug-abuse bill into law

By Associated Press  |  July 24, 2016

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill to curb abuse of heroin and opioid drugs, even as he expressed bitter disappointment with Republicans for not providing more money for addiction treatment.

Doctors back bill to exempt CME from Open Payments reporting

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 22, 2016

Roughly 100 national and state medical societies are backing a bill that would exempt drug and device makers from have to report payments made to doctors for participating in continuing medical education or receiving textbooks, journals and educational materials related to CME.

Senate votes to end debate on opioid bill

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 12, 2016

The fate of the first bill in at least 30 years aimed at curbing drug abuse hangs in the Senate. Addiction treatment advocates see passage of the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act as decriminalizing drug addiction.

In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new healthcare proposals

In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new healthcare proposals

By Associated Press  |  July 09, 2016

In another nod to primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and outlining steps to expand access to healthcare across the nation.

Opioid bill passes House by vote of 407-5

Opioid bill passes House by vote of 407-5

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 08, 2016

The most comprehensive legislation to date aimed at combating the country's opioid addiction epidemic passed overwhelmingly in the House on Friday, despite threats by Democratic lawmakers that they would not support the measure because it lacked sufficient funding.

Failure to add funding could doom opioid bill

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 06, 2016

A conference committee's rejection of Democratic legislators' efforts to authorize over $900 million for fighting the opioid abuse epidemic could lead to the bill's failure when it gets to the floor of the Senate.

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