The Weekly Insight: March 19
Texas Insight Reports
- Texas Women in Poverty: Part II: This second and final posting on female poverty in Texas examines how female poverty affects children. Best practices for addressing structural gender inequities that create and sustain poverty among women and children will also be discussed, as will benefits of such policies to the Texas economy, including implications for public spending.
- HHSC: State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee: This Committee provides recommendations and ongoing input on the statewide implementation and operation of Medicaid managed care. The committee looks at a range of issues, including program design and benefits, systemic concerns from consumers and providers, efficiency and quality of services delivered by Medicaid managed care organizations, contract requirements for Medicaid managed care, provider network adequacy, and trends in claims processing.
- HHSC: Intellectual and Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee: The Intellectual and Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee gathered on March 7, 2018. The Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) System Redesign Advisory Committee, created by Government Code, Chapter 534, advises HHSC on the implementation of the acute care services and long-term services and supports (LTSS) system redesign for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Federal Healthcare Reports
- Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant: The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant is a federal-state partnership program that aims to improve the health of low-income pregnant women, mothers, and children…
Texas Healthcare News
- In “race to the courthouse,” lawyers urge Texas counties to sue over opioids: Local officials across Texas are hearing from lawyers who want to help them sue pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s deadly opioid crisis.
Federal Healthcare News
- Trump to release opioid epidemic plan on Monday that includes death penalty: President Trump on Monday will release a plan to combat the opioid epidemic that includes the controversial move to use the death penalty for some drug dealers.
- Trump’s FDA weighs nicotine limits in cigarettes: The FDA is considering setting a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes for the first time to make them less addictive and is seeking public feedback ahead of issuing a proposed rule.
- Landmark Report Concludes Abortion in U.S. Is Safe: Abortions in the United States are safe and have few complications, according to a landmark new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
- Trump’s Vow on Welfare Faces an Uncertain Future: Disagreement among Republicans as well as the president’s ambivalence have helped thwart a favorite conservative proposal.
- GOP support for Obamacare stabilization grows, but abortion policy still unresolved: Congressional Republicans are growing more receptive to funding an Obamacare stabilization effort in the omnibus spending bill but remain divided over abortion restrictions.
- Hepatitis C Drugs Save Lives, but Sick Prisoners Aren’t Getting Them: Since this insidious disease became curable, judges have begun ordering prisons to pay the high cost of treatment, setting up a showdown over drug pricing.
- Will Employment Keep Growing? Disabled Workers Offer a Clue: A seemingly inexorable economic trend has changed direction in the past few years, as people who cited health reasons for not working are returning to the labor force.
- Veterans Health Program Closes ‘Indefinitely’ After Killings: The three women who were found dead in Yountville, Calif., served as the core clinical team for the Pathway Home Program.
- House Rejects Bill to Give Patients a ‘Right to Try’ Experimental Drugs: The decision was a surprising rebuff to President Trump and Republican leaders. Many doctors and patient advocates opposed the legislation, saying it provided a false hope.
- What Fertility Patients Should Know About Egg Freezing: Storage failures at two respected clinics have raised concerns about safety and reliability. [This article contains] some things to look out for and questions to ask.