Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Welcome back to the Friday Breeze, where I can offer you a break from the Comey memos with a quick look at what you need to …

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Michigan Senate Votes To Add Work Requirements To State’s Medicaid Program

The bill would require able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid health care coverage to either work at least 29 hours a week or be enrolled in a job training or education program. The legislation now moves to the House for consideration. Media outlets report on Medicaid news out of Tennessee, Massachusetts and California, as well.

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Declining Opioid Prescription Rates Show That Drumbeat Of Alarm Over Crisis Is Producing Results

But some advocates are now worried that patients with chronic pain are being undertreated. Meanwhile, NIH wants to conduct research on fentanyl, but the nationwide law-enforcement crackdown on opioid abuse means scientists are having a hard time getting permission to get samples of the illegal products they need to study. And the Senate Finance Committee …

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Growth Of Prescription Drugs Spending Slowing, But That Won’t Necessarily Be Reflected For Consumers

“We’re not suggesting that nobody is seeing higher costs,” said Murray Aitken, of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, which released the numbers. “We’re just saying that when we roll everything up, the amount received by manufacturers rose by only 0.6 percent in 2017.”

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Calif. Leads Nation In Pushing Back Against Trump Administration Health Policies

These days, when the federal government turns in one direction, California veers in the other — and in the case of health care, it’s a sharp swerve. In the nation’s most populous state, lawmakers and other policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They are fighting …

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Nothing In Health Care Ever Goes Away

Sarah Jane Tribble Kaiser Health News @sjtribble Read Sarah Jane’s Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne’s Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot’s Stories Paige Winfield Cunningham The Washington Post @pw_cunningham Read Paige’s Stories Congressional Republicans have struck a decidedly different tone when talking about the Affordable Care Act, and the …

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