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Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says

Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says

By Susannah Luthi  |  October 18, 2018

For states that haven't expanded Medicaid, the push to do so isn't just about leaving money on the table. It's also about no longer subsidizing other states without benefit, according to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia.

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

By Associated Press  |  October 15, 2018

Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report. Several states have Medicaid expansion on the ballot in November.

Pennsylvania health insurers to end MAT prior authorizations

Pennsylvania health insurers to end MAT prior authorizations

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 12, 2018

Health insurers in Pennsylvania pledged to remove advanced approval requirements for prescribing medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder. Advocates expect the move could expand access to thousands throughout the state.

HHS shells out more than $2 billion for HIV/AIDS care support

HHS shells out more than $2 billion for HIV/AIDS care support

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 11, 2018

The federal government doled out more than $2 billion in fiscal 2018 to support medical and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Advocates say the program's success should serve as a model for commitment needed to address the opioid crisis.

Week Ahead: Addressing the stigma of mental health

Week Ahead: Addressing the stigma of mental health

By Matthew Weinstock  |  October 06, 2018

While a lot has been made of the canyon-sized gap in caring for patients with mental health conditions, progress has been hard to quantify. During Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Alliance for Mental Illness is championing the theme, “CureStigma.”

Blue Cross of Mass. giving opioid overdose reversal kits to employers

Blue Cross of Mass. giving opioid overdose reversal kits to employers

By Tara Bannow  |  October 04, 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts is testing out giving large employers opioid-overdose reversal kits and teaching employees how to use them, in hopes of preventing overdose deaths in both public spaces and work environments.

California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan

California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan

By Associated Press  |  October 01, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected legislation that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could be the nation's first supervised drug injection site. He questioned whether the plan would reduce drug addiction.

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