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6/17/2019

A lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that would require pharmaceutical firms to disclose the list prices of their products in direct-to-consumer television ads starting next month has been filed by Merck, Amgen, Eli Lilly and Co., and the Association Of National Advertisers. Amgen said the rule raises concerns about free speech and "fails to account for differences among insurance, treatments and patients themselves, by requiring disclosure of list price."

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Reuters
6/17/2019

President Donald Trump said he will be unveiling a new health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act in two months or less, and he said it will be a major focus of his reelection campaign.

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President Donald Trump
6/17/2019

Researchers report that states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act had 422 fewer reported child neglect cases per 100,000 young children, compared with states that did not expand access. The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

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Forbes
6/17/2019

Researchers estimate that more than 64,000 US youths younger than 5 were treated in emergency departments for cosmetic product-related injuries between 2002 and 2016, translating to 4,300 cases per year. The findings in Clinical Pediatrics also showed that injuries were most commonly caused by nail care products and about 75% of injuries were ingestion-related.

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CNN
6/17/2019

An August 2018 private memo released last week by House Democrats revealed CMS Administrator Seema Verma warned HHS Secretary Alex Azar that the administration's proposals to ban silver loading, end automatic reenrollment in Affordable Care Act plans and revise an indexing methodology that would cut health insurance subsidies would contribute to market disruption and coverage losses. The administration moved forward with the indexing change, and the others remain under consideration.

6/17/2019

A bill that would permit health insurance providers to offer incentives to residents who shop for lower prices for certain health care services has been signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Patient Savings Act will require any savings from the price shopping to be shared by the patient and the health insurer.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis
6/17/2019

Employers are paying more attention to employee mental health, said Sonya Weiland of WeilandWorks Consulting, but while most do not have a specific mental health day, there is a trend for more generalized paid days off that could support mental health wellness. The Cleveland Clinic gives its physicians a wellness day off and Hyland Software offers paid time off that can be taken for any reason and additional flex days off.

6/17/2019

The Shenandoah Community School District in Iowa has partnered with Shenandoah Medical Center for its wellness program, which includes opening the SMC Wellness Center to district employees. SMC Marketing Director Ryan Spiegel says the hospital works with businesses and their insurers on providing services such as lab tests, health screenings and immunizations.

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Iowa
6/17/2019

Children, adolescents and young adults with chronic physical conditions were 51% more likely to develop mental health conditions after two years, with activity limitations mediating 13.5% of the association, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings were based on 2003 to 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data involving 48,572 youths ages 6 to 25.

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2 Minute Medicine
6/17/2019

Atrium Health University City in Charlotte, N.C., is providing free breakfast and lunch this summer for anyone under age 18. Nutrition manager Elaine Jones says when children worry about having enough food, it creates chaos in their lives so the program is a chance to provide stability.

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