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North Carolina Republican lawmakers push to extend Medicaid through 2023

Meanwhile, in South Dakota, voters approved an expansion of Medicaid, but the KHN report notes that, as in other conservative states, it’s unclear exactly when and how politicians and administrators will advance in the process. Other news from Colorado, Idaho, California, Texas and elsewhere.

AP: NC Lawmakers: Medicaid Expansion Efforts Through 2023

North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday that they are moving forward with the idea of ​​expanding Medicaid through 2023, rather than trying to negotiate a bill that can be voted on before the current two-year General Assembly session ends in December. Through wide bipartisan margins, the House and Senate approved competing bills months ago that are designed to cover hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults through the state health insurance program that serves the mostly poor. Republicans within both houses differed over whether additional changes in health care access should be attached to the expansion. (Robertson, 11/9)

More on Medicaid Expansion Efforts in the States –

KHN: South Dakota voters approve Medicaid expansion, but implementation may not be easy

South Dakotan voted Tuesday to expand the state’s Medicaid program to include thousands of additional low-income residents, becoming the seventh state to agree to expansion via the ballot box. But as other conservative countries have shown, voter approval does not always mean that politicians and administrators will rush to implement change. (Zion, 11/10)

KHN: Stop the turmoil: Why some states want to ensure Medicaid coverage from birth to age 6

Before the COVID-19 public health emergency began in 2020, millions of children were working and taking Medicaid each year — a sign that many were losing coverage because of administrative problems, not because their family’s income increased and made them ineligible. Motivated by pandemic-era lessons, several states are rethinking their enrollment policies for Medicaid’s youngest members. Oregon is leading the way after obtaining federal approval to implement the new Continuous Enrollment Policy. (Galewitz, 11/10)

In other health news from across the US –

KUNC: Colorado, Idaho withdrew from national survey that tracks adolescent mental health

Colorado and Idaho are joining a handful of other states in opting out of the long-running CDC survey that tracks adolescent mental health. Experts fear that excluding states will damage the state’s ability to monitor troubling behaviors among high school students as the mental health crisis for young people deepens. (VandenEinde, 11/9)

AP: CDC to conduct health study at contaminated former army base

Federal health officials are conducting a new study to determine whether veterans stationed at a now-closed California military base have been exposed to dangerously high levels of cancer-causing toxins. The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes nine months after an Associated Press investigation that found that drinking water in Fort Ord contained toxic chemicals and that hundreds of veterans who lived at a Central California coast base in the 1980s and 1990s later developed rare cases. And wonderful. Chronic blood cancers. (Mendoza, Linderman & Derin, 11/9)

San Francisco History: ACLU Weighs Against New California Law to Punish Doctors Who Spread Coronavirus Misinformation

“Other than using the tools at its disposal, the state has taken a blunt tool for the entire profession,” ACLU lawyers said in a memo Monday in federal court in Los Angeles, where the doctors’ lawsuit is awaiting judicial review. . (Egelco, 11/9)

KHN: High School Fentanyl: A Texas community grapples with the arrival of deadly opioids

The corridors of Lyman High School looked like any other corridors on a recent fall day. Its 2,100 students spoke and laughed as they raced to their next classroom, past walls covered in flyers announcing homecoming events, clubs and football matches. Next to those flyers were posters with a grim message warning students that fentanyl is extremely deadly. Those posters weren’t there last school year. Just before the start of this school year, the Hays Unified Independent School District, which includes Lehman Bank, announced that two students had died after taking pills containing fentanyl. This was the first recorded student death linked to synthetic opioids in this Central Texas school district, which includes campuses in Kyle and Buda, a neighboring town. Within the first month of school, two more deaths were confirmed. (Degusman, 11/10)

KHN: High rates of homelessness among the elderly driven by inflation and housing crisis

On a recent rainy afternoon in this small town outside of Glacier National Park, Lisa Petty and Kim Hilton were preparing to sell most of their possessions before moving out of their three-bedroom, two-bathroom rental home. Hilton, who was recovering from a broken leg, watched from his chair as friends and family sort through old fishing gear, jewelry, furniture and clothing. “The only thing that isn’t for sale is the house—everything else has to go,” said Hilton, 68, as he checked his blood sugar. (Bolton, 11/10)

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