Health Care — Changes coming to the CDC after missteps

There’s going to be an American version of “The Great British Baking Show”….titled, you guessed it, “The Great American Baking Show.” Today in health care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is announcing a shake-up after missteps in its COVID-19 response. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy … Read more

Medicaid expansion sees new life in longtime GOP holdout states

Republican-led states that have resisted expanding Medicaid for more than a decade are showing new openness to the idea. Driving the news: In the decade-plus since the landmark Affordable Care Act was enacted, 12 states with GOP-led legislatures still have not expanded Medicaid coverage to people living below 138% of the poverty line (or nearly … Read more

Insurers Must Cover Policyholder’s Landlord in Tort Claim

Last week, a New York federal court ruled that an insurer’s “exceedingly broad duty to defend the insured” extended to the policyholder’s indemnification of its landlords in an underlying tort claim. ConMed Corporation (“ConMed”), a medical technology company, filed suit against Federal Insurance Company (“Federal”), a division of Chubb, alleging that Federal breached the terms … Read more

Too little, too late: Disband the CDC now

Dissolve the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, the CDC released updated COVID-19 guidance. The agency now believes we should be taking an individual approach to mitigating our COVID risk. In layman’s terms, we are all Florida 2020 now. The new guidance suggests ending “test to stay” so kids exposed to someone with … Read more

Victorian opposition pledges free public transport for health and aged care workers

The Victorian opposition has pledged to offer free public transport for nurses, aged care workers and allied healthcare workers for four years, if it wins the November election. Key points: The opposition says the policy is aimed at easing cost-of-living pressures for health workers The opposition expects the policy will cost roughly $110 million a … Read more

Health Care — House passes sweeping bill with health measures

Parents, children and children-at-heart — prepare yourselves. We are officially getting a “Kung Fu Panda 4” in 2024. Today in health, the House passed a massive legislative package with provisions included to lower the cost of prescription drugs, delivering a badly needed win for Democrats ahead of the midterms. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where … Read more

Jail Reform Advocates Call on San Diego County to Overhaul Inmate Care Policy – NBC 7 San Diego

Advocates for jail reform called Thursday on San Diego County to address alleged shortfalls in its jail policies, which they say have failed to prevent detainees from dying while in custody at high rates. At a news conference held just before a hearing in a federal lawsuit seeking an immediate overhaul of county and sheriff … Read more

Walgreens helped fuel San Francisco’s opioid crisis, judge rules

Placeholder while article actions load Walgreens helped fuel the opioid epidemic in San Francisco by shipping and dispensing the addictive drugs without proper due diligence, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in what attorneys suing the retailer called a “wake-up call for companies.” US District Judge Charles Breyer said Walgreens “substantially contributed” to one of the … Read more