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Medicaid Coverage For Methadone Treatment Could Mean More People Seeking Care

Indiana’s Medicaid will soon cover methadone treatment for people suffering from opioid addiction. That could mean more people seeking treatment, and savings for people already receiving it.

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Study: Michigan hospitals are saving money thanks to the state's Medicaid expansion

Aug 16, 2017
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Michigan’s Medicaid expansion is good for hospitals' bottom line and for the people using it, according to a recent study.

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Findings from a new study on fast food availability appear to turn previous research on its head.

It's always appealing to think that there could be an easy technical fix for a complicated and serious problem.

For example, wouldn't it be great to have a vaccine to prevent addiction?

"One of the things they're actually working on is a vaccine for addiction, which is an incredibly exciting prospect," said Dr. Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services.

32 Churches, No Methadone Clinic: Trying To Heal In A 'Treatment Desert'

Aug 14, 2017
Brian Rinker / Kaiser Health News

Heather Menzel squirmed in her seat, unable to sleep on the Greyhound bus as it rolled through the early morning darkness toward Bakersfield, in California’s Central Valley. She’d been trapped in transit for three miserable days, stewing in a horrific sickness only a heroin addict can understand. Again, and again, she stumbled down the aisle to the bathroom to vomit.

How One Indianapolis Woman Became A Force For Healthy Food

Aug 11, 2017
Leigh DeNoon / WFYI

Sharrona Moore learned at an early age growing food doesn’t have to be difficult. As a child she spent weeks in the summer on a great uncle’s farm discovering the joy of gardening and eating vegetables straight from the fields.


Opioid abuse is a crisis, but is it an emergency?

That's the question gripping Washington after President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that the president declare the epidemic a national emergency.

Christine Herman / Illinois Public Media

Medicaid owes one doctor in Illinois $100,000 forcing her to open a new practice focused on patients with private insurance. This week, Side Effects looks how the lingering effects of budget impasse in Illinois is pushing doctors to the brink. Plus, residents' fears drive the closure of a needle exchange that was working prevent the spread of disease. And more...

How Donation Centers Sweat Out The Annual Summer Blood Shortage

Aug 10, 2017
Jake J. Smith / WHYY/The Pulse

Raul Mora's job gets a lot more stressful in the summertime — so, to kick back, he plays third base and pitcher on a baseball team.

"I play with the Sea Dogs," says Mora. "It's a 53-and-over team."

Mora oversees the distribution of blood to 10 hospitals in the Chicago area. He's manufacturing director for the Red Cross Mid-America Region, so he knows exactly when to expect the summer slowdown.

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One of the first Indiana counties to implement a syringe exchange is now the first in the state to effectively shut its program down.

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Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act could save the government money by causing fewer people to sign up for disability benefits, according to a new study from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


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