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The night John McCain killed the GOP's health-care fight

Washington Post, July 28, 2017
It was the most dramatic night in the United States Senate in recent history. Just ask the senators who witnessed it. A seven-year quest to undo the Affordable Care Act collapsed — at least for now — as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kept his colleagues and the press corps in suspense over a little more than two hours late Thursday into early Friday. Read more »

Number of fentanyl deaths in Mass. alarms state DEA

Boston Globe, July 27, 2017
LAWRENCE - Mexican cartels are delivering vast quantities of the inexpensive and powerful synthetic drug fentanyl to New England, causing the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation while creating a plague that the area’s top drug enforcement official describes as "like no other epidemic" he's ever seen. Read more »

Outer Cape Health Services completes Provincetown Health Center renovations, July 27, 2017
PROVINCETOWN - Outer Cape Health Services has announced the completion of the Patient Centered Medical Home renovation initiative at its Provincetown health center. Read more »

HHS awards 16 grants to prevent opioid misuse among women and girls

HHS Newsroom, July 25, 2017
As part of the Administration’s efforts to combat drug addiction and the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) today announced 16 awards to public and private nonprofit entities across the nation. Sixteen projects covering 16 cities in 12 states were selected to address the primary and/or secondary prevention of prescription and illegal opioid misuse by women across the lifespan. Funds will be used to reach girls aged 10-17 years, women of reproductive age, and women aged 50 years and older in underserved populations. Read more »

Caution, not relief, in Mass. after Senate GOP leaders drop health care bill (features MLCHC Chair and Brockton NHC CEO Sue Joss)

WBUR, July 19, 2017
President Trump meets with Senate Republicans Wednesday to discuss the GOP's next move on health care. The Senate Republican plan died on Monday night, and an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement appears headed toward failure. Read more »

Health care bill collapses amid GOP defections

Boston Globe, July 18, 2017
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday abandoned efforts to pass a broad Republican-only replacement of Obamacare, saying late Monday he will instead seek a vote on a simple repeal — but delayed by two years to give lawmakers time to seek a replacement. Read more »

Baker signs 2018 budget, but vetoes $320m in spending

Boston Globe, July 18, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker on Monday signed a $39.43 billion budget but urged lawmakers to revisit his proposals to rein in the growth of state health care spending as part of a new fee on businesses. Legislators had passed a $200 million health care fee at Baker’s request but so far have rejected his calls to curb MassHealth spending — prompting complaints from the business community, which does not want to bear the costs of a new fee without promised changes to the program. Read more »

Pentagon would be the big winner under House GOP budget blueprint

Boston Globe, July 18, 2017
WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts opposed by President Trump. Read more »

Right and Left on the future of the Senate Health Care Bill

New York Times, July 11, 2017
The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen. Read more »

Collins says it's time for GOP, Democrats to work together on health bill

New York Times, July 10, 2017
Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins says it’s time for the GOP and Democrats to work together to fix the health care law. Read more »

In pain and with nowhere to go, homeless patients find respite in a writing group

STAT, July 7, 2017
BOSTON — In Justin Devlin’s stories, his pain is the villain. He is the superhero in a wheelchair, kicking his illness to the curb, sentencing his constant pain to a lifetime behind bars. Writing "takes me away from the physical pain and the emotional pain. It gives me an escape," said Devlin, who has a progressive genetic condition that limits his mobility. Read more »

New CDC Report shows deaths from cancer higher in rural America

CDC, July 6, 2017
Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, a new report shows slower reduction in cancer death rates in rural America (a decrease of 1.0 percent per year) compared with urban America (a decrease of 1.6 percent per year), according to data released today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report is part of a series of MMWR studies on rural heath. Read more »

Medicaid expansion has delivered access to addiction treatment, report finds

NPR, July 6, 2017
This week, as senators have decamped from Washington for the Fourth of July recess, the future of the Senate's Affordable Care Act replacement plan — and by extension, Medicaid — remains uncertain. Read more »

The Right and Left react to Medicaid cuts, the Travel Ban and more

New York Times, July 2, 2017
The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen. Read more »