Health Headlines for Week of October 16, 2017

The Missouri Hospital Association publishes “Today's Headlines,” a summary of state and national health care news, as a service to our members. Questions about “Today's Headlines” and requests for articles that require a subscription should be directed to Renee Struemph.


‘A time of chaos’: Open enrollment for begins November 1 amid ‘daily confusion’ St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/17

Trump's decisions on health care likely to drive up rates in Missouri, experts say
St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/17

Life changing fetal surgery now being performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 10/18/17

Petition seeking constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid in Missouri is approved, 10/19/17

Commentary: Health care is in a state of emergency
St. Louis American, 10/19/17

Petition seeking constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid in Missouri is approved, 10/19/17

Hartzler bills seek to spur VA recruiting Columbia Daily Tribune, 10/18/17

Restoring $35 million in cuts affecting Missouri's elderly, disabled proving tough for Republicans St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/18/17

500,000+ Missourians prepare for annual earthquake drill, 10/18/17

Commentary: Medicare cuts could be deep in the next decade Columbia Missourian, 10/18/17

Goal of a nursing workforce with 80 percent BSNs unlikely by 2020HealthLeaders, 10/17/17

Editorial: Trump undermines his own party by cruelly sabotaging Affordable Care Act
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/16/17 

Summit speakers paint bleak picture of opioid crisis, task community with developing solutions  
The Joplin Globe, 10/17/17 

McCaskill: Bi-partisan health care deal would help stop sabotage of individual insurance markets, 10/17/17 

McCaskill admits 'sloppy' mistake in asserting she was out when controversial bill passed

Springfield News-Leader, 10/17/17

Commentary: The importance of the National Health Service Corps Springfield News-Leader, 10/17/17 

Editorial: The breast cancer fight The Joplin Globe, 10/13/17

How changes to the Affordable Care Act affect the KC area, 10/13/17

President Trump health care changes could cause enrollment confusion, 10/13/17

Patients now have more say in experimental treatments. When should doctors say no?
The Kansas City Star, 10/14/17

Lower license fees for pharmacists, podiatrists and psychologists to cost state $2 million
Springfield News-Leader, 10/13/17

Nurses cap training by working on lifelike dummies, 10/13/17

Opioid summit on Tuesday to target problem from all angles The Joplin Globe, 10/14/17

Commentary: Opioid use isn't 'someone else's' problem The Joplin Globe, 10/15/17

Commentary: There is more to do The Joplin Globe, 10/15/17


Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support AP, 10/20/17 

Trump’s support for bipartisan health bill hinges on rollbacks long sought by conservatives The Wall Street Journal, 10/19/17

Anthem joins with CVS to start its own pharmacy business The New York Times, 10/18/17 

Trump pulls back from Senate deal to fund health subsidies The New York Times, 10/18/17 

States ask US court to keep up health subsidies cut by Trump AP/ABC News, 10/18/17 

Next in line as Trump’s drug czar? Names of possible contenders start to circulate
STAT, 10/18/17 

2 senators strike deal on health subsidies that Trump cut off The New York Times, 10/17/17 

Trump reverses course on emerging Senate health care deal 
AP/ABC News, 10/18/17 

Trump leaning toward former pharma exec for health secretary 
POLITICO, 10/17/17 

Newly controversial opioid enforcement law under fire 
The Hill, 10/17/17 

Deep in Trump country, a big stake in health care The New York Times, 10/16/17 

Trump declares Obamacare ‘dead,’ urges Democratic help for short-term fix 
Reuters, 10/16/17 

Two swing-state Democrats offer middle ground on health care The Washington Post, 10/16/17 

No progress on negotiations to fund Children’s Health Insurance Program The Hill, 10/16/17 

Marino out as Trump’s drug czar nominee POLITICO, 10/17/17 

End to health care subsidies puts Congress in a tight spot The New York Times, 10/13/17 

Epic legal battles shaping up over Trump's scrapping of Obamacare subsidies POLITICO, 10/13/17 

Pro-Trump states most affected by his health care decision AP, 10/15/17  


After the Las Vegas Shooting, concertgoers became medics The New York Times, 10/15/17 

The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery Kaiser Health News/STAT, 10/16/17


Blindsided Trump officials scrambling to develop opioid plan
POLITICO, 10/20/17 

Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger
AP/U.S. News & World Report, 10/20/17 

Health insurers’ most pressing concern right now? Consumer confusion.
The Washington Post, 10/19/17
F.D.A. approves second gene-altering treatment for cancer The New York Times, 10/18/17 

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period AP/CBS News, 10/18/17 

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance AP/ABC News, 10/19/17 

Despite GOP efforts to corral Medicaid spending, states expand benefits Kaiser Health News, 10/19/17 

6 in 10 doctors report abusive remarks from patients, and many get little help coping with the wounds  STAT/WebMD/MedScape, 10/18/17

Google maps pulls calorie-counting feature after criticism The New York Times, 10/17/17 

Amid ACA turmoil, insurers brace for drop in enrollment The Wall Street Journal, 10/18/17 

Single-payer would drastically change health care in America. Here’s how it works.
The Washington Post, 10/17/17 

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?  Kaiser Health News/Capital Public Radio, 10/18/17 

Chasing millions in Medicaid dollars, hospitals buy up nursing homes  Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post, 10/18/17  

Trump promises action on drug prices The Hill, 10/16/17  

After losing a son to opioids, one dentist is fighting to change how his profession deals with addiction STAT, 10/17/17 

Doctors urged to make a public commitment to talk to their patients about guns and gun safety  
Los Angeles Times, 10/16/17 

Infections by C.diff bacteria are on the rise and can cause serious problems
The Washington Post/Consumer Reports, 10/16/17

Major health insurers anticipated end of subsidies The Wall Street Journal, 10/13/17

Not dead yet: Obamacare insurers are hanging in there The New York Times, 10/13/17


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