Biden administration warns states as millions lose Medicaid

The criteria don’t reflect all potential challenges with states’ unwinding processes, the letters are only based on data reported by states in May and some states are missing data. Still, CMS’ decision to make the letters available online represents a sharp about-face for an agency that has refused for months to single out any state … Read more

The Biden administration and Congress see psychedelic drugs as potential cures for mental illness

“The results that are coming out are just groundbreaking — earth-shattering,” said Rep. Morgan Luttrell (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL who credits therapy and two psychedelics, ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT, with helping him overcome the trauma he suffered after his Black Hawk helicopter went down during a 2009 training mission. “D.C. actually is getting their head … Read more

Abortion pill ruling sets up Supreme Court showdown

“The fate of women’s access to this lifesaving drug is now back in the hands of the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Wednesday, “a terrifying thought for those of us who don’t trust the right-wing justices who overturned Roe and who claimed abortion is an issue to be left to the states.” … Read more

A GOP push in Congress to get more Americans into high-deductible health plans has divided Democrats

“The government should be focusing on enhancing care, rather than burdensome requirements for the providers who care for patients,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), who’s teamed with progressive Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on a bill to expand benefits. The proposed changes reflect the new state of play on health care for Republicans, who have turned … Read more

Generic drug giants settle federal price-fixing charges

The two companies both agreed to sell off their operations making the cholesterol drug pravastatin. Companies typically pay criminal fines to settle antitrust charges rather than selling off lines of business. “Today, the Antitrust Division and our law enforcement partners hold two more pharmaceutical companies accountable for raising prices of essential medicines and depriving Americans … Read more