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News stories from the past 60 days.

Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids
Oct 26, 2018 - Details a new University of Michigan study which found that older male doctors in the South and in rural Western states are prescribing high numbers of sedatives and opioids to seniors. The highest intensity prescribing was in Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, and Louisiana. The study seems to indicate that these doctors are medicating older patients' distress, but potentially contributing to the shorter life expectancy in these areas.
Source: Forbes
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Weeks after Hurricane Michael, Folks in Rural Part of Panhandle Ask: Where’s the Help?
Oct 25, 2018 - Details the struggles of residents in rural parts of Bay County, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael. While more urban areas seem to be getting attention, people here are still living without power, sewer, and water.
Source: Seattle Times
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FEMA Assesses Needs Of Rural Residents In Florida's Panhandle
Oct 17, 2018 - Radio story following a FEMA search and rescue team flying over rural areas of Florida's panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael to offer help and assistance. Many people are relying on generators for electricity, although most of the roads have been cleared. In some places, running water and cell service is still out as well.
Source: NPR
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CMS Takes Steps to Help with Hurricane Michael Emergency Response
Oct 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that healthcare facilities and providers in Florida can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Michael by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018