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News stories from the past 60 days.

Massachusetts Grabs Spotlight By Proposing New Twist On Medicaid Drug Coverage
Nov 21, 2017 - Highlights the Massachusetts state Medicaid program's demonstration proposal, submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposal would allow the state to negotiate discounts for prescription drugs and to exclude drugs with limited treatment value. Discusses possible ramifications if this proposal were approved and implemented.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Fentanyl Involved in over Half of Opioid Overdose Deaths in 10 States
Oct 27, 2017 - According to new data published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release, over half of the people who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 in 10 states tested positive for fentanyl. Researchers examined opioid overdose deaths from July 1 to December 31 in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Last Updated: 11/21/2017