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Report: Financial pressure on hospitals and health system could threaten patient access to care

By Liz Carey  |  February 26, 2021

A new report by Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC has found that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect the financial health of hospitals and health systems through 2021. The report released by the American Hospital Association (AHA) Wednesday forecasts total hospital revenue in 2021 could be down by between $53 billion and $122 billion compared to pre-pandemic levels. The financial pressure, the report said, could jeopardize hospital’s ability to care for their communities during the...

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Illinois county sees record opioid overdose deaths in 2020, medical examiner’s office says

New Jersey AG Grewal announces regulatory actions to address opioid epidemic

By Liz Carey |
February 24, 2021

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced four actions aimed at preventing opioid overdoses and increasing ...Read More »

Sen. Rosen’s opioid detection legislation advances Senate

Study finds unintended consequences of state opioid policies

By Liz Carey |
February 23, 2021

A new study into state policies intended to reduce opioid overdose deaths may actually have unintended consequences that...Read More »

Senators propose funding for mobile crisis response teams

By Liz Carey |
February 22, 2021

A group of six senators introduced a bill that would help states adopt mobile crisis response teams for use when a perso...Read More »

Rep. Katko announces $4M in funds for mental health and substance use treatment expansion

By Liz Carey |
February 19, 2021

U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) announced Wednesday Wayne County would receive $4 million in federal funds to expand mental ...Read More »

Study: Naltrexone can replace opioids in treating chronic pain

By Liz Carey |
February 18, 2021

A new study from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry has found that low doses of naltrexone can be a non-addi...Read More »

Federal Trade Commission suing pharmaceutical companies

GOP tax giveaway helps opioid distributors, legislators say

By Liz Carey |
February 17, 2021

A GOP tax break included in the COVID-19 relief legislation means American taxpayers will partially subsidize settlement...Read More »

Rep. Stanton reintroduces bill to require addictive prescription warning labels

By Liz Carey |
February 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ) reintroduce legislation Thursday that would require prescription painkillers that are addi...Read More »

AMA: Overdose epidemic requires states to remove barriers to care

Rep. Latta reintroduces mental health services, opioid epidemic legislation

By Liz Carey |
February 15, 2021

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) legislation aimed at improving access to mental health services and to combat the opioid epid...Read More »

Senators introduce bipartisan legislation on Medicaid re-entry

By Liz Carey |
February 12, 2021

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced leg...Read More »

Rep. Dean introduces legislation to end stigma of illegal drug use

By Liz Carey |
February 11, 2021

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) introduced legislation designed to educate college students on substance use disorder tr...Read More »

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