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The growing fight over Native Americans’ health care, detailed in a recent POLITICO report, centers on tribes’ request to be exempted from new Medicaid work rules being introduced in several states, citing Native Americans’ status as separate government.
(Diamond, 4/27) Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cuyahoga County Youth Program Faces Uncertain Future With Ohio Medicaid Changes A 14-year-old girl had been sexually abused and hospitalized nine times for suicidal thoughts.
Other potential candidates include acting Secretary Robert Wilkie and former Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. (Aguilar, 4/28) The Washington Post: Top Democratic Senator Questions CDC Director’s 5,000 Salary A top Democratic senator is raising questions about the 5,000 salary of Robert Redfield, the new leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is getting almost twice what his predecessor earned and more than other past directors. Director’s 5,000 Salary Under Scrutiny The high salary set for the newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come under criticism from Senate Democrats and watchdog groups who questioned the use of an exemption to pay him nearly twice as much as his predecessors. It was granted under a provision known as Title 42, which gives the department the authority to pay staff more than the approved government rate if the personnel provide a specific scientific need that cannot otherwise be filled. The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal rule that bars discrimination in health care based on "gender identity." Critics say it's another attempt to undercut acceptance for transgender people.
In a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. (Kaplan, 4/27) The Hill: Dem Senator Demands Answers On CDC Director's High Salary "It is difficult to understand why someone with limited public health experience, particularly in a leadership role, is being disproportionately compensated for his work," Murray wrote in the letter, which was reported by The New York Times. The Health and Human Services Department rule dates to the Obama administration, a time when LGBT people gained political and social recognition.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the South Carolina Republican said, “I think some of those allegations do warrant being investigated,” referring to a series of allegations levied against the White House physician and now-withdrawn VA secretary nominee, Rear Adm. (Beavers, 4/29) The Associated Press Fact Check: Trump Distorts Claims On VA Nominee, Vet Care President Donald Trump is distorting some of the reasons why his pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House physician Ronny Jackson, abruptly withdrew his nomination.
Genetic testing and genealogy sites are widely popular these days, but the case of the Golden State Killer calls attention to privacy issues some had glossed over in the past.
The case manager coordinated programming to give the girl and her family some stability including therapy, afterschool activities and vocational training.
(Borchardt, 4/30) The State Journal-Register: Medicaid Managed-Care Reboot Pinching Pharmacies, Advocates Say Drastic cuts in what Illinois pharmacies are paid for filling Medicaid patients’ prescriptions will cause many to lay off employees or close in coming months, pharmacy advocates say.
Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released a document summarizing allegations by current and former colleagues that Jackson overprescribed pills, drank on the job and created a hostile work environment.
Jackson has denied the allegations and has returned to work in the White House Medical Unit.
(Johnson, 4/29) The Hill: White House: No Evidence Ronny Jackson Crashed Government Vehicle An investigation did not uncover any evidence that President Trump's former nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) drunkenly wrecked a government vehicle after a Secret Service party, White House officials told The Washington Post. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, was one of the more serious allegations the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee examined as part of his confirmation process this month.