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What We're Reading: NH Work Rules Halted; Juul e-Liquid Chemicals; Advocates Seek 2020 Medicaid Expansion

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US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled that New Hampshire cannot move ahead with work requirements in exchange for Medicaid coverage; a study looking at 8 flavors of Juul e-liquids found the presence of acetals, irritating chemicals formed from alcohol and aldehydes, in the Crème brûlée flavor; Medicaid expansion advocates are petitioning Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma to include ballot measures asking voters if they want to allow the federal healthcare program to cover more low-income adults. 

Federal Judge Rules Against New Hamsphire's Medicaid Work Requirements

US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled that New Hampshire cannot move ahead with work requirements in exchange for Medicaid coverage, The Washington Post reported. He has previously ruled against the Trump administration in similar cases in Arkansas and Kentucky; the New Hampshire requirements would have been even more stringent than the other 2 states, applying to a wider age range of low-income residents and calling for 100 hours a month of work, school, job training, or volunteering to meet the requirement, which is 20 hours more than the other states.

 

Irritating Chemical Found in 1 Type of Flavored Juul e-Liquid

A study published Tuesday looked specifically at 8 flavors of Juul e-liquids, and found the presence of acetals, irritating chemicals formed from alcohol and aldehydes, in one flavor, Crème brûlée. NPR reported that the researchers reverse-engineered the liquids to understand the composition and quantify the chemical ingredients. Earlier this month, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin announced that 8 teenagers had been hospitalized with "seriously damaged lungs."

 

Advocates Hope to Get Medicaid Expansion Before Voters in Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma in 2020

With past victories in other states in mind, Medicaid expansion advocates are petitioning Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma to include ballot measures asking voters if they want to allow the federal healthcare program to cover more low-income adults, The Hill reported. Last year, voters approved Medicaid expansion in Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho.

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