Today’s NewsStand – April 11, 2019

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

Iowa House to consider $150M additional money for Medicaid
Just days after residents learned that a second insurance company was quitting the Iowa Medicaid program, House lawmakers introduced a spending bill that would give the program $150 million more to ensure all Medicaid obligations are met for this year. The measure is scheduled for debate today. Three years into privatization, the program has frequent complaints of services and medications being denied or delayed. Hospitals, nursing homes and other community service providers say they’re not being paid and some are forced to take out loans to get by. (Siouxland Proud)

Communities support children’s mental health during Child Abuse Prevention Month
Hardin County Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, Child Abuse Prevention Services of Marshall County and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa are joining communities across the state this month in celebrating the importance of social connections and working to strengthen social-wellbeing during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Agencies and individuals across sectors are encouraged to know the warning signs of children’s mental health issues to support community efforts to improve mental health development for children. (Marshalltown Times-Republican)

MercyOne issues visitor restrictions due to flu
Due to the number of confirmed cases of influenza in the area, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center has updated visitor restrictions. The medical center implements visitor restrictions when there are confirmed cases of influenza in the area and updates its restrictions based on influenza activity. There may be circumstances that need special consideration. In those cases families should call the nurse in charge on the unit they wish to visit before coming to the hospital. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

Edgewood 15-year-old on third set of lungs takes kindness to a whole new level
A young man from Edgewood is doing what he can to pay forward one good deed to another. Life has not been a bed of roses for 15-year-old Aidan Bailey. Twice he has had double lung transplants. Many times he has flirted with death. Aidan delivers meals on wheels, grocery shops for elderly friends and helps out at Edgewood EMS Service. With the money he makes, Aiden buys jammies for the kids at Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Part of his proceeds also go to projects at Clarity Clinic in Dubuque and Retrieving Freedom in Waverly. (KCRG)

National News

State-by-state estimates of the coverage and funding consequences of full repeal of the ACA
This analysis provides information on some of the consequences should a case pending before the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit be decided in favor of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs argue that the entire Affordable Care Act be eliminated due to the fact that he individual mandate penalties were set to $0 beginning with plan year 2019. The Urban Institute estimate the state-by-state implications of full ACA repeal for insurance coverage and government funding of health care in 2019. Researchers’ estimates take into account 2019 marketplace enrollment and premiums as well as recent Medicaid data. (Urban Institute)

Trump administration appeals rulings that blocked Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration appealed court rulings Wednesday by a federal judge that blocked federally approved programs in two states to compel some able-bodied people to work to qualify for Medicaid. The appeals, in cases challenging Kentucky and Arkansas’s Medicaid work requirements, come two weeks after a federal judge in Washington issued opinions that President Trump’s top health aides had been “arbitrary and capricious” in allowing the new rules and failed to consider their effect on vulnerable residents’ access to health insurance. (Washington Post)

Opioid treatment programs gear up to provide suicide care
It’s long been suspected that the nation’s unprecedented drug overdose epidemic and sharply rising suicide rates are linked. Now health researchers are finding concrete evidence that the two preventable causes of death — which are among the top 10 in the United States — are intrinsically related: People with an opioid addiction are at much higher risk for suicide than the rest of the population; and opioid use was a contributing factor in more than 40 percent of all suicide and overdose deaths in 2017, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Stateline)