A selection of health policy stories from California, North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado.CommonHealth/WBUR: Mass. Gov.’s 11th Hour Proposal On Reining In High-Priced HospitalsThe House and Senate are under the gun to reach an agreement on how to lower health care costs while improving care. A conference committee aims to have a bill out on Sunday. Their deadline is Monday evening. In the meantime, several major issues are still unresolved, including what to do about hospitals that use their market clout to demand high prices that are not based on higher quality. Attorney General Martha Coakley, the state’s top insurers and several consumer groups argue that price is a critical issue. “Any meaningful health care reform legislation must include efforts to address the market power of providers and the negative impact on costs that we identified in our reports,” said Corey Welford, Coakley’s chief of staff, in a statement (Bebinger, 7/26).San Francisco Chronicle: $100 Million OKd For Stem Cell Research California’s stem cell funding agency on Thursday approved nearly $100 million in grants for research into heart disease, cancer and spinal cord injuries, and to the cheers of dozens of patients and their supporters, it also awarded money to rare but devastating diseases with no cure. In all, eight research projects – including three from the Bay Area – were granted $151 million in state funding by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine at its annual grant review meeting in Burlingame (Allday, 6/27).North Carolina Health News: NC Proposes Plan To Move Mentally Ill From Adult Care HomesAfter 13 months of negotiation with federal officials over resolving North Carolina’s longstanding practice of housing mentally ill people in old folks’ homes, the state has a plan of action to move mentally ill residents into the community. State officials say they’re ready to take the first steps at implementation. The plan answers complaints made to the U.S. Department of Justice two years ago by Disability Rights North Carolina that alleged the state was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by housing people with mental illnesses in facilities, originally meant to house the frail elderly. The U.S. DOJ investigated the complaint, and last summer agreed North Carolina was breaking the law, and also was in violation of a Supreme Court ruling that calls for housing to integrate people with disabilities into the community (Hoban, 7/26).California Watch: Prescription Drug Monitoring System Running Low On FundsThe state’s prescription drug monitoring program, which was dealt a major blow amid state budget cuts, is still operating but may run out of money by the end of this year, according to the attorney general’s office. The program, called CURES, is used by law enforcement to track the prescribing of doctors suspected of dispensing too many addictive narcotic pain medications. Doctors also query the database to determine whether patients are “doctor shopping,” or seeking potent drugs from multiple sources to feed an addiction (Jewett, 7/27).KQED: Primary Care Efforts To Involve Patients In Decision MakingAll day, every day, people make medical choices that have repercussions for common yet dangerous conditions like asthma, heart disease and diabetes. Although chronic disease takes a greater toll on people with lower socioeconomic status, chronically ill patients are part of every community. In California and across the country, public health officials and physicians keep searching for the best way to get patients involved in improving their health (Harris, 7/26).Reuters: Molina Healthcare Reports 2nd-Qtr Loss, Texas WeighsHealth insurer Molina Healthcare Inc reported a second-quarter loss and warned that enrollment in its Texas health plans may decline in the third quarter as higher medical costs in the region eat into premium revenue. … The company said higher costs in Texas “had a disproportionately large impact on its overall financial results” as the region contributed about a quarter of Molina’s total premium revenue in the second quarter (Siddiqui, 7/27).Boston Globe: UMass Medical Gets $6.7 Million Federal Grant To Battle Health DisparitiesResearchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School say they will use a new $6.7 million grant to battle significant health disparities in the region by using a grassroots approach that features patients telling their stories to inspire others. The school announced Thursday that it was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new Health Equity Intervention Research Center with scientists from UMass Boston (Lazar, 7/26).Kansas Health Institute News: Report Questions Economic Viability Of Mid-Level Dental ProvidersSo-called mid-level dental providers would not be an economically viable way to extend access to oral health care in Kansas and four other states, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Dental Association, a dentist group. But the models used in the report are not comparable to the mid-level model being proposed in Kansas, said proponents of licensing Registered Dental Practitioners here. The report examined the economic viability of three mid-level models: dental health aide therapists, dental therapists and advanced dental hygiene practitioners (Cauthon, 7/26). Modern Healthcare: Wis. Shared-Savings ACO Teams With AetnaAurora Health Care, Milwaukee, will collaborate with Aetna to offer commercial health insurance plans through Aurora’s accountable care organization, according to an Aetna news release. The Aurora Accountable Care Network will provide Aetna plans primarily for small and midsize businesses in Wisconsin, although plans for large, self-funded employers will also be available, according to Aetna (Selvam, 7/26).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Aetna, Aurora To Begin Offering New Health PlanAetna Inc. will begin offering a new health plan for employers next year that is tied to Aurora Health Care’s network of hospitals and doctors and that guarantees to limit future increases in premiums. Aurora is willing to guarantee that costs will increase at a slower rate than in the employer’s previous two to three years, provided employees and their families get nearly all their care from the health system’s doctors and hospitals. The potential savings will vary by employer, said Rick Klein, executive vice president of growth, marketing and development for Aurora (Boulton, 7/26).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): ‘Hotspotting’ Health Revolution Comes To AuroraThe Colorado community devastated by a mass killing will now become one of only four sites selected for the most promising revolution in health care: hotspotting. The movement began with a different senseless shooting in 2001 in Camden, N.J., a city that tops the country for both crime and poverty. … The Aurora experiment aims to save millions in hospital costs while also giving people better care. Volunteers, health workers and church activists will put into practice the hotspotting concept that [Dr. Jeffrey] Brenner pioneered. … The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation awarded Rutgers a $14.3 million grant in June to pilot the Camden model in four communities: Aurora; San Diego; Allentown, Pa.; and Kansas City, Mo. The goal is to find the costliest patients; save $70 million on their care in the four communities; and reinvest the savings to provide better health care (McCrimmon, 7/26).California Healthline: Governor Signs Veteran-Benefit BillThe governor added his approval Tuesday to that overwhelming support, signing AB 1869 by Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) into law. The legislation affects approximately 130,000 veterans who remain uninsured despite possibly being eligible for federal Veterans Affairs health benefits, according to a Senate analysis of California Health Interview Survey data compiled by UCLA. It’s possible that some of the 174,000 veterans who receive Medi-Cal benefits in California might be eligible for federal veterans’ benefits (Gorn, 7/27).The New York Times’ City Room: Con Ed And Union Reach Contract AgreementThe terms of the four-year accord were not announced. Con Ed had angered the union by demanding changes in pension and health care benefits and by cutting off union workers’ health insurance at the beginning of the lockout, which was a defensive measure against the threat of a strike. The company reinstated health coverage after workers had been off the job for two weeks (Barron and Newcomer, 7/26). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Mass. Lawmakers Struggle To Reach Agreement On Cost Controls
Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.This story is being updated throughout the Tuesday. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern: 2 p.m.: Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeralGeorge Floyd’s family has accepted an offer from boxer Floyd Mayweather to pay for his funeral, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ABC News.Floyd, who is from Houston, will be laid to rest there on June 9.His family plans to march with protesters to Houston’s City Hall Tuesday afternoon.1:40 p.m.: NY trooper pushing back demonstrators gets hit by speeding SUVA 19-year veteran trooper of the New York State Police was pushing back a crowd of demonstrators in Buffalo on Monday night when he was hit by a speeding SUV, authorities said.A Buffalo police officer was also hit by the car and a second trooper was run over.Troopers fired at the SUV, state police said, and then the driver and passengers were taken into custody.The veteran trooper was taken to the hospital with a shattered pelvis and broken leg, state police said. The other officers suffered minor injuries.Those in the SUV were not seriously hurt.1 p.m.: Surveillance video released from fatal police shooting in LouisvilleAuthorities on Tuesday released surveillance video from an incident which caused the death of David McAtee, a black man shot by officers in Louisville, Kentucky, during protests.McAtee owned a local BBQ restaurant which was frequented by police officers, Mayor Greg Fischer said.At about 12:15 a.m. Monday, members of the Louisville police and Kentucky National Guard were trying to disperse a crowd when they “were fired upon,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. The local police and National Guard returned fire, “resulting in a death,” Beshear said.Video footage from McAtee’s restaurant and a neighboring business appeared to show officers approaching McAtee’s business, police said Tuesday.McAtee then appeared to fire a gun outside his restaurant, toward the officers, police said. Officers took cover and returned fire, police said.From the footage it appears McAtee fired first, police said.Authorities cautioned Tuesday that the video does not provide all of the answers.Why officers were approaching McAtee’s restaurant in the first place is under investigation, police said.The officers have not yet been interviewed, police said.Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has since been fired after it was announced that no body camera footage was available of the shooting, The Louisville Courier Journal reported.Conrad previously said he would retire at the end of June after facing immense pressure following the March death of Breonna Taylor, a young black woman who was shot dead by police while in her home.The Kentucky State Police will independently investigate McAtee’s death, the governor said Monday.12:15 p.m.: Despite overnight looting, Chicago to move into next phase of reopeningAmid overnight looting, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised Tuesday, “we are 110% dedicated to you successfully reopening safely and securely.”Lightfoot said she was with one business owner who “burst into tears” and “broke down” as she looked at the devastation to her store.Despite the unrest, Lightfoot said Chicago will move into phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening on Wednesday.“We want economic activity to resume peacefully and safely in every single neighborhood, especially those hurting the most,” Lightfoot said.11:12 a.m.: Nearly 700 arrested in NYC, curfew extended through the weekIn New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, nearly 700 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation.Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts.Some officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting. It also appeared officers were shot at, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, condemning it as “unacceptable.”“I know people want peace,” de Blasio stressed Tuesday, “and I know the want change.”“I know we will overcome this,” he said, adding he’s asked community leaders to “step forward” and “take charge.”“Do not let outsiders attack your community …do not let criminals attack your community,” the mayor said. “I’ll be standing by you.”New York City will now be under a nine-hour curfew each night this week, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m.The mayor on Tuesday asked those who want to protest to do so during the day, and then return home.He also said he’s very worried that protests are leading to the spread of the coronavirus.10:40 a.m.: Senate Judiciary to hold hearing on George Floyd’s death, policing in USSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he’s planning to hold a hearing on June 16 to examine Floyd’s death and policing in the country, promising to “take a deep dive” into the issue.“It’s a long-overdue wake-up call to the country that there are too many of these cases where African American men die in police custody under fairly brutal circumstances,” he said. “It’s clear to me that policing among men in the African American community is a topic that needs to be discussed and acted upon, and I expect this committee to do its part.”“I’d like to get to the root cause of it. Mr. Floyd’s case is outrageous on its face, but I think it speaks to a broader issue,” said Graham, R-S.C. “We just need to get to the bottom of what happened and what we can do to fix it.”Graham called community policing “the anecdote.”“I don’t know how to make that a reality, but we’ll have a hearing along those lines,” Graham said.9 a.m.: More than 500 arrested overnight in NYCIn New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, more than 500 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation. Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts. Several officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.7:35 a.m.: Minnesota Attorney General says he is considering all charges for Derek Chauvin, including first degree murderMinnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison confirmed he is “considering all charges” and that “all options are on the table,” when it comes to prosecuting Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.Speaking to ABC News’ Good Morning America, Ellison, who has taken over the prosecution in Floyd’s death, warned that the case must be dealt with methodically and that prosecuting Chauvin would not necessarily be easy.“Generally, jurors resolve all doubts in favor of the police,” said Ellison. “The system is such that there are certain immunities police have, there are certain presumptions. There are relationships that police have that are established over the course of years. And the fact is if you just look at the Freddie Gray case, people looked at that video and were quite certain that there needed to be a conviction. No one was.”“The fact is these cases are not easy,” said Ellison. “And anybody who says they are has never done one.”Ellison was reluctant to give a firm deadline on the timeline of the case but confirmed that the public could see charges very soon.“We are having a fresh review from what the county attorney has already done … and we are looking at this case with fresh eyes,” said Ellison. “There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable.”Said Ellison: “The public has an expectation that there will be, there will render assistance when necessary, that [police] will not add harm. Just saying ‘I didn’t know’ and ‘I was following orders’, I don’t think is working for the public anymore. That is not a comment about the evidence or the law. It is a comment about where the public’s mind is these days.”Ellison said that he and his team are moving “expeditiously” but warned that they also have to move carefully which could take more time than the public would like.“There are numerous videos, numerous witness statements, a lot of stuff to go through for us to do due diligence,” Ellison stated. “We are not going to prolong this any longer than is absolutely necessary to do that due diligence and we are moving expeditiously, yet we have to move carefully. I know that is unsatisfying to people. They want, what they want immediately, and of course people have waited too long and have been too patient over the years but this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now.”6:49 a.m.: Las Vegas police officer in critical condition and on life supportLas Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a brief press conference to update the public on the two shooting incidents that took place amid protests happening across the city last night.In the first incident, an officer was engaging with protesters near the Circus Circus hotel and casino and was shot.“Our officers were attempting to take rocks and bottles from the crowd,” said Lombardo during the press conference. “Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out and our officer went down.”The suspect in that shooting has been taken into custody but Lombardo said the police officer who was shot is in “extremely critical condition and on life support currently.”The second incident occurred at the courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard when officers who were posted at the federal building to protect it from protesters encountered a suspect at approximately 11:22 p.m. armed with multiple weapons and appeared to be wearing body armor.When authorities approached the individual, the suspect reached for one of those weapons and was subsequently shot by the responding officers.The suspect later died at the hospital.“This is a tragic night for our community,” said Lombardo. “With these protests, which are leading to riots, one tragedy is only leading to another … our investigations into both these incidents will be ongoing throughout the morning.”“What has occurred is utterly, utterly unacceptable and I hope the community sees it that way too,” he concluded.5:43 a.m.: Peaceful protests in New York City devolve into night of lootingPeaceful protests over the death of George Floyd devolved Monday night into jarring moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation in New York.There were more than 200 arrests and widespread vandalism in Midtown Manhattan and along Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, much of which went down after the citywide 11 p.m. curfew.Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many more retailers boarded up their storefronts, giving the heart of a vibrant city already shuttered for the virus the look of blight.There were also several reports of officers being hit by vehicles of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.4:14 a.m.: Two police officers shot in Las Vegas in separate incidentsTwo police officers have been shot in separate incidents in Las Vegas as people protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.One officer was shot near the 300 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard and the other officer was shot about two miles away in the 2800 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard.The condition of the two officers is currently unknown. Police have said the scene is active and have asked the public to avoid the areas.3:22 a.m.: Four police officers shot in St. Louis on a night of violent protestsSt. Louis Police Chief Hayden John Hayden held a press conference regarding four officers that were shot amid protests last night.He confirmed that all four officers have non life threatening injuries. Two were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and the other was shot in the arm.Police Chief Hayden said that a peaceful protest began around 3 p.m. with a couple of thousand people in attendance but that sometime later a group of about 200 people started looting.The group reportedly ignited fireworks and set them off aiming at the officers. Hayden also said the officers, who he said exhibited restraint throughout the entire ordeal, also had gas thrown on them.That is when, he said, several officers, who were standing on the line, all of a sudden felt pain and realized that they had been fired upon with four of them being hit, according to Hayden.The Police Chief also confirmed that there are still reports of gunshots being fired in the city that they’re trying to get under control.The officers were taken to hospital and treated for their wounds. The investigation into who shot them is ongoing.1:57 a.m.: LAPD Chief apologizes for equating looters with officers involved in Floyd’s deathLos Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore apologized for a remark he made during a mayor’s press conference Monday afternoon where he said: “We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers … We didn’t have protests last night. We had criminal acts.”The comment was met with immediate backlash and Black Lives Matter LA called for Moore to be fired in a tweet.Several hours later, Police Chief Moore, amid much criticism, issued an apology on Twitter saying that he misspoke during the press conference.12:44 a.m.: Protests mostly peaceful in NYC, Denver, LouisvilleNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted late Monday night that any unrest has calmed down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the site of clashes between protesters and police over the last few days.De Blasio said protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful on this latest night of demonstrations, but that some people during the evening caused some damage that won’t be allowed.In Denver, protesters at the State Capitol took a knee and observed eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence — the same amount of time Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck before Floyd died. Only the sound of helicopters above and honking in the distance could be heard.Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer also said protests in his city were largely peaceful.The mayor said the peaceful demonstrations honored the memory of David McAtee, the local restaurant owner who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers early Monday morning.12:27 a.m.: Streets quiet in nation’s capitalThe city of Washington, D.C., has been relatively quiet tonight compared to the violence of the past weekend, law enforcement and homeland security officials tell ABC News.Officials report sporadic disturbances in Chinatown, where tear gas was deployed near the Convention Center.City and federal law enforcement, as well as the military, has had a heavy presence on the city streets, with aircraft, including a Black Hawk helicopter, patrolling overhead.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
← Previous Story Gyor wants new right back – Dalby or Bulatovic? Next Story → Enid Tahirovic: “I refused PSG” gajichonrubiakarabaticLNHprosttej The betting scandal that shook French scandal is having its final epilogue. Nikola Karabatic has been given the maximum suspension the regulations allow. That means he will be sidelined for 6 matches if the suspension is confirmed, in case the announced appeal of the suspension does not go through for Karabatic and his club Aix. He can continue playing as long as the appeal is underway.Six games suspension was also given to Mladen Bojinovic, Dragan Gajic, Samuel Honrubia, Luka Karabatic, Primoz Prost and Issam Tej, all found guilty of “behaviour which does not conform with the principles and rules of handball and a manifest infringement of the values held by the LNH”.