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Medicare Going In ‘Right Direction’ On Opioid Epidemic

Kaiser Health News - Martha Bebinger

Prescriptions for two drugs used to treat opioid addiction increased significantly from 2016 to 2018 for people on Medicare, according to a federal report out Wednesday.

About 174,000 Medicare beneficiaries received such a medication — either buprenorphine or naltrexone — to help them with recovery in 2018, according to the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Even When HIV Prevention Drug Is Covered, Other Costs Block Treatment

Kaiser Health News - Michelle Andrews

Three years ago, Corey Walsh, who was in a relationship with a man who was HIV-positive, got a prescription for Truvada, a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent infection with the virus that causes AIDS.

Walsh, then 23, was covered by his parents’ health insurance policy, which picked up the cost of the drug. But the price tag for the quarterly lab tests and doctor visits he needed as part of the prevention regimen cost him roughly $400, more than he could afford.

Funding Opportunities

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services - HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has released two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs). One is the 2019 State Maternal Health Innovation (State MHI) Program (HRSA-19-107) and the other is the Supporting Maternal Health Innovation (Supporting MHI) Program (HRSA-19-106).

KFF Poll: Most Americans Oppose the Changes to Restrict Title X Family Planning Funds

Kaiser Family Foundation - Rakesh Singh & Craig Palosky

A new KFF poll of the public’s views on reproductive health issues finds most Americans, including majorities of women of reproductive age, are concerned that access to women’s reproductive health and preventive care services may be limited by the Trump administration’s changes to Title X, the nation’s federal family planning program.