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Bipartisan bill would require report on vaccine reactions

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State Rep. Vicki Strong wants Vermont lawmakers to be better informed about Vermonters’ adverse reactions to vaccines.

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Scott announces all-payer trial for 30,000 Vermont Medicaid patients

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Phil Scott announced a “next generation” Medicaid pilot program that tests out an advance-payment Accountable Care Organization financial model for Vermont.

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Senate bill aims at a freer medical marijuana market

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Florida, Health Care, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

The latest salvo in Florida’s medical marijuana regulatory battle is being fired in the state legislature, with a measure that would expand the medical marijuana market. The bill, by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, would repeal the existing Florida statute governing low-THC medical marijuana usage. In its place is a proposal that […]

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Latest data show Tomah VA hospital improving in opioid prescriptions, veteran satisfaction

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The hospital’s alarming opioid over-prescription practices led to the 2014 death of 35-year-old veteran Marine Jason Simcakoski, according to multiple reports.

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What Vermont’s opioid problem is costing taxpayers

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Former Gov. Peter Shumlin’s legislation to fight opioid addiction is still too new to enable evidenced-based evaluation. Is the program making the best use of taxpayer dollars?

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Texas lawmaker wants to raise tobacco age, dent vaping in the process

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Health Care, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

A San Antonio Democrat wants Texas to become the third state, along with California and Hawaii, to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21, with the idea of reducing teen smoking. But the proposal also targets e-cigarettes and vaping devices that have been effective in reducing tobacco use. “Our taxpayers bear a large financial […]

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