Today’s NewsStand – October 31, 2019

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

Iowa News

Iowa GOP should learn a lesson from Arkansas, reject Medicaid work requirements
Arkansas recently enacted work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Iowa’s Republican lawmakers and governor should take an especially close look. In 2018, Arkansas embarked on an experiment to become the only state to fully implement Medicaid work requirements. What ensued was exactly what should have been expected: confusion, more paperwork, increased bureaucracy, court fights and people losing health insurance. (Des Moines Register)

Mental health experts are praising changes for the Iowa City Community School District
Countless studies look at the effects of social media on young people. Now, mental health experts are applauding major changes for the Iowa City Community School District. The district was awarded with an $187,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. A chunk of that is going towards contracting a company to monitor student’s social media posts for any threatening language or signs. Executive director for Linn County National Alliance on Mental Illness , Dr. Mona McCalley-Whitters, PH.D. says this needs to happen in more schools with the constant evolving of technology. (CBS2Iowa)

At-risk teen waited 47 hours for mental health care
In a KCCI Investigation, it took 47 hours for a Fort Dodge teenager to be admitted for in-patient mental health care. The 16-year-old was suffering from depression and felt she was at risk and asked for help. KCCI’s Alex Schuman will show how her experience has been shared all over Iowa, and how it’s serving as a lesson for kids and parents in need of immediate critical care. Hear the family’s story and what experts say needs to be done to solve the problem. (KCCI)

National News

Senate blocks effort to roll back Trump administration’s Obamacare rule
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Democratic effort to roll back a Trump administration rule that allows states to ignore parts of Obamacare. Senators voted 43-52 on the resolution, falling short of the simple majority needed to pass the chamber. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote for the resolution. Democrats wanted to overturn a Trump administration rule that makes it easier for states to opt out of certain Obamacare requirements and prioritize cheaper, less-inclusive plans than ones offered under Obamacare. (The Hill)

Stable costs but more uninsured as ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups open
More Americans are going without health insurance, and stable premiums plus greater choice next year under the Obama health law aren’t likely to reverse that. As sign-up season starts on Friday, the Affordable Care Act has shown remarkable resiliency, but it has also fallen short of expectations. Even many Democrats want to move on. President Donald Trump doesn’t conceal his disdain for “Obamacare” and keeps trying to dismantle the program. During President Barack Obama’s tenure, open enrollment involved a national campaign to get people signed up. (ABC News)

HHS chief keeps focus on alternative payment models
HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday hinted at further pushes from CMS on value-based care, including population health benefits like those newly allowed in Medicare Advantage and per-member per-month payments for a patient’s total cost of care. Azar also touted CMS models on kidney care and opioid misuse and promoted non-medical benefits that can help patients with social determinants of health. (Healthcare Dive)