Author: Nathaniel Weixel

White House moves to strengthen ObamaCare contraception requirement

The Biden administration is proposing an expansion of contraceptive coverage, including removing moral exemptions finalized under the Trump administration that made it easier for private health plans and insurers to exclude coverage of birth control. The proposal, released Monday by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor would remove the moral exemption but…

White House focusing on vaccine access for vulnerable

The White House is making it a priority to ensure vulnerable populations have access to needed vaccines, a top administration health official said. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said many of the most vulnerable in the country are seniors and disabled people on Medicare. In many cases, they are…

Health Care — Oversight of pathogen research unclear 

💡 If you’re scared of the dark, this might be the perfect place for you. One Massachusetts high school hasn’t been able to turn off its lights for over a year. Today in health, for-profit nursing homes saw extremely high rates of COVID-19 infections. But first, a watchdog said HHS needs to have stronger oversight…

West Virginia agrees to $83 million settlement with Walgreens over opioid epidemic

West Virginia on Wednesday announced an $83 million settlement with Walgreens to resolve a lawsuit over the pharmacy chain’s role in perpetuating the opioid crisis in the state. Walgreens has agreed to pay the settlement within an eight-year period, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) said. The money from all opioid settlements will be distributed…

FDA argues public harm if court reverses abortion pill approval

A lawsuit challenging the decades-old Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of mifepristone has no merit, and a Texas judge should reject a request for a court order revoking that approval, the Biden administration argued in a Tuesday filing. The FDA said granting the request from anti-abortion groups would be “unprecedented.” “The public interest would…

Biden administration to target use of antipsychotics in nursing homes

The Biden administration is planning a crackdown to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes and the misdiagnosis of schizophrenia in patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday. Beginning this month, CMS will conduct targeted audits to determine whether nursing homes are accurately assessing and coding individuals with…