Surgeon General warns of social media’s harm; additional women in Texas cite health risks from abortion bans; White House supports bill against fentanyl trafficking.
A report by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, warns about the detrimental effects of social media use on the mental health of teenagers, including depression and anxiety, according to NBC News. The advisory calls for policymakers and social media companies to share the responsibility of managing children's social media use and recommends implementing strong safety standards. It also highlights the need to protect adolescents and teens from harmful content and excessive usage, urging parents to create tech-free zones and engage in conversations about the emotional impact of social media on their children.
Eight additional women have joined an existing lawsuit against the state of Texas, arguing that the state's abortion bans endanger their health or lives when facing pregnancy-related medical emergencies, according to NPR. The lawsuit, initially filed by 5 women and 2 doctors in March, claims that pregnant patients are being denied abortions despite serious medical complications. The Center for Reproductive Rights, representing the plaintiffs, is seeking a temporary injunction to block Texas' abortion bans in cases of pregnancy complications.
The White House has expressed its support for the HALT Fentanyl Act, led by 2 House Republicans, which aims to strengthen and enforce penalties for fentanyl trafficking and provide more resources to combat the drug, according to The Hill. Additionally, the legislation seeks to permanently schedule fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and allocate additional research resources for these substances. The White House sees these provisions as crucial in its efforts to address the supply of illicit fentanyl-related substances and save lives.
What We’re Reading: AHIP President to Step Down; House Panel Advances PBM Bills; Default Could Stop FDA ReviewsMay 25th 2023
AHIP president and CEO Matthew Eyles will step down later this year; the House Energy and Commerce Committee moved a series of health care measures concerning pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs); US debt default could stop FDA drug and device reviews, said FDA chief.
Addressing Maternal Mortality in Medicaid by Focusing on Mental HealthFebruary 15th 2023
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Inland Empire Health Plan, a managed care plan serving more than 1.4 million residents on Medi-Cal in California, about a new maternal mental health program aimed at supporting new mothers, both before they give birth and afterward.
Fendrick: Embrace of VBID Even More Crucial Amid Equity Conversations, Braidwood RulingMay 24th 2023
Kicking off the 2023 Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health annual conference, Mark Fendrick, MD, of the University of Michigan, delivered a keynote exhorting the audience of employers and payers to implement the principles of value-based insurance design (VBID) in order to improve individual and population health and drive toward equity.
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