Kaiser Health News States Attacking ACA Would Hurt Most If Shield On Preexisting Conditions Were Axed 2018-07-17T09:01:21.000000000+00:00 A coalition of Republican states has launched a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, including provisions requiring insurers to offer coverage to people with preexisting conditions without raising rates. An analysis shows that some of these states have the highest proportion of such reside... Staggering Prices Slow Insurers’ Coverage Of CAR-T Cancer Therapy 2018-07-17T09:00:14.000000000+00:00 Some state Medicaid programs are not paying for the procedures, and Medicare’s complicated payment rates have hospitals concerned that it will not cover all the costs. Viewpoints: Lessons From The Administration’s Spin On War On Poverty and Medicaid Work Requirements 2018-07-16T12:51:43.000000000+00:00 Editorial pages look at these and other health issues. Different Takes: Why We’re Standing Up For The Right To Abortion; What’s With All The Cheerleading? 2018-07-16T12:51:39.000000000+00:00 Opinion writers focus on the health issue of abortion. State Highlights: Death Of Ill New Jersey Woman After Power Was Shut Off Raises Alarms; Oregon Serves As Model For Adult Foster Care System 2018-07-16T12:51:34.000000000+00:00 Media outlets report on news from New Jersey, Oregon, New York, New Hampshire, Kansas, Vermont, North Carolina, Ohio, California, Maryland, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Virginia. America Has A Long And Complicated Relationship With Infant Feeding And Formula 2018-07-16T12:51:29.000000000+00:00 Infant formula is a $70 billion industry today. But that wasn't always the case. In other public health news: mobile food banks, medical records, heat waves, plastic straws, blood pressure, bone density, trauma victims, and more. It May Seem Like Contaminated Food Outbreaks Are On The Rise, But Experts Say Detection Is Just Getting Better 2018-07-16T12:51:25.000000000+00:00 This year, outbreaks have dominated headlines, but experts say that's just because there's better technology to track them. Meanwhile, McDonald's has pulled salads from certain places after customers were infected with a parasite. FDA Approves Drug That Could Be Used To Treat Smallpox In Case Of A Bioterrorism Attack 2018-07-16T12:51:21.000000000+00:00 Smallpox was eradicated decades ago but public health officials have feared the virus could be used in an attack against people born since then who haven't been vaccinated. New York Health Officials Point To Reduction In Opioid Deaths As Reason To Legalize Marijuana 2018-07-16T12:51:17.000000000+00:00 “Studies have found notable associations of reductions in opioid prescribing and opioid deaths with the availability of marijuana products,” the report from New York's Health Department found. “States with medical marijuana programs have been found to have lower rates of opioid overdose deaths th... New CMS Pay Proposals Could Undermine Shift Toward A Value-Based System, Doctors Say 2018-07-16T12:51:13.000000000+00:00 Doctors say that the agency's attempt to reduce burden on providers may have gone too far. Meanwhile, some health systems are countering the thinking that doctors are a drain on hospitals' finances.