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When You Don’t Speak The Same Language As Your Child’s Doctor

When Margarita Ruiz takes her children to the doctor’s office, she has no choice but to trust that nurses and front desk staff are translating medical orders accurately. She doesn’t speak English and her children’s pediatrician speaks very little Spanish.

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When You Don’t Speak The Same Language As Your Child’s Doctor

Feb 27, 2017
Ana B. Ibarra/California Healthline

When Margarita Ruiz takes her children to the doctor’s office, she has no choice but to trust that nurses and front desk staff are translating medical orders accurately. She doesn’t speak English and her children’s pediatrician speaks very little Spanish.

Indiana Overdose Deaths Continue To Mirror National Trends

Feb 27, 2017
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Deaths from drug overdoses have continued to increase in Indiana, mirroring national trends reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

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This week - Indiana says its Medicaid expansion is working, but now it has to prove it. ... A military veteran has a new idea about how therapists should talk to vets about gun safety. ... And drug overdose deaths aren't just a problem for white, middle-age people anymore ... Read on ...

Note: This story was updated at 11 p.m. February 22, 2017. 

The federal government is welcoming public comment on an application to renew Indiana’s Medicaid program until March 17. The program needs federal approval to continue because its design is an experiment: Unlike Medicaid expansions in other states, the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0, requires members to make monthly payments. Now Indiana has to argue that the experiment is working.

Can Marijuana Ease The Opioid Epidemic?

Feb 21, 2017
Pew Charitable Trusts

NEW YORK — After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job.

Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including her primary diagnosis, inflammatory bowel disease. Marijuana doesn’t address her underlying disease, but it does relieve her painful symptoms.

Indiana Locals Could Soon Approve Needle Exchanges, But Still Lack Funding

Feb 20, 2017
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New governor Eric Holcomb promised in his State of the State address to make it easier for counties to establish syringe exchange programs and a bill moving through the legislature would make that possible.

But the programs still face significant opposition from officials, and funding the programs remains the largest barrier.

 


Photo courtesy of Jay Zimmerman

Jay Zimmerman got his first BB gun when he was 7, and his first shotgun when he was 10.

“Growing up in Appalachia, you look forward to getting your first firearm,” he said, “probably more so than your first car.”

Photo by Andrew Miller/via Flickr

This week - Needles might not sound like the best way to reduce opioid use, but Vermont hopes properly placed acupuncture can provide an alternative to pills to manage chronic pain. ... Another big insurer is removing a major barrier for people seeking addiction treatment. ... Sniff. Your flu vaccine might not work as well this year. ... Read on ...

Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance companies, says that starting in March it will remove what's been a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat their opioid addiction. The change will apply to all its private insurance plans, an Aetna spokeswoman confirmed. Aetna is the third major health insurer to announce such a switch in recent months.

Can Acupuncture Reduce Opioid Use? Vermont Funds Medicaid Study

Feb 13, 2017
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Vermont has already invested significant time and money in combating the opioid addiction, from special drug courts to laws regulating prescription monitoring. Now the state is considering a new tool in its arsenal: acupuncture. 

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