Source: Kaiser Health News
Different Takes: Pros, Cons Of Administration’s Medicaid Proposal; America Is Failing Children, Especially Children Of Color
Editorial writers express views about policies impacting health.
Viewpoints: Lessons About Pandemics From An Old BBC Show That Sends Shivers Down Spines; Censorship In China Endangers Public Health
Opinion pages weigh in on these health topics and others.
State Highlights: Florida Bill Limiting Medical Treatment For Transgender Youth Loses Support; Inmate Deaths At Mississippi Prison Reach 15
Media outlets report on news from Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Maryland, Alabama, Connecticut, California, Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Minnesota.
Mark Bertolini, A Key Player In Aetna Deal, Forced Out By CVS Board Exposing Lingering Tensions Over Merger
Former Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Mark Bertolini was a crucial voice in selling the transformative $68 billion deal in 2018. “I was willing to continue to serve on the board of directors in support of the most transformative effort in health care for our nation. However, the board thought otherwise,” Bertolini said.
“It’s disappointing, but I’m not overly surprised by it,” said Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which funded the $121 million research effort with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “It did not, essentially, bring it over the goal line.”
VA Deputy Secretary Abruptly Fired In Just Latest Of Long String Of Tumultuous Leadership Turnovers At Agency
VA Secretary Robert L. Wilkie said James Byrne was dismissed from his position as deputy secretary because of a "loss of confidence in Mr. Byrne’s ability to carry out his duties." According to Axios reporting, the decision comes amid controversy over allegations from a House staff member that she was sexually assaulted at a VA hospital.
Critics of the law do not want the case to be decided before the election because of concerns it could cause voters about loss of health care. The Supreme Court last month rejected one attempt to fast track the issue but could meet by the end of February for further discussions.
This Year’s Flu Is Hitting Children Especially Hard, And Experts Stay It’s Still Not Too Late To Get Vaccine
The CDC reports influenza B, which causes more significant illness in children than in adults, is the dominate strain of flu this year. Public health news is on liver transplants, pain sensitivity, autism, primary care, Alzheimer's disease, and emergency room care.
‘Where Are We Supposed To Put These People?’: States Grapple With Trump’s Strict Travel Regulations, Quarantines
The restrictions ban non-U.S. citizens who recently visited China from entering the country and quarantine Americans who visited Hubei province within the past 14 days. But state officials are panicked about meeting those regulations. Meanwhile, a poll shows that two-thirds of Americans say they believe the coronavirus poses a "real threat" and has not been "blown out of proportion." Media outlets cover stories about how the coronavirus is playing out in the states, as well.
In Round-The-Clock Effort, China Succeeds In Building Hospital In 10 Days. But Will It Be Enough Amid Outbreak?
China grabbed the world's attention with the announcement that it would build a hospital to handle coronavirus patients in just 10 days. On Monday, the facility accepted its first patients. But as the cases of the virus surge past 20,000, some say more hospital beds are needed.
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