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President Donald Trump is expected to issue a regulation allowing employers with religious objections to omit coverage for contraception from their workers’ insurance plans. In other Trump administration news: the Department of Health and Human Services names 14 people to its mental health panel; the cancellation of several payment reforms is complicating efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote value-based care; and the National Parks Service lifts a ban on selling plastic water bottles in the parks.
A first-time release of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prescribing data shows vast regional disparities. Stateline reports on the numbers and the town — Martinsville, Va. — that topped the list. In other news on the national opioid epidemic, experts wait on the impact of White House action.
“Even if you don’t care about the human rights side of the issue, this is a hugely expensive and inefficient way to provide care,” said John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center.
Mothers of infants who are having trouble breastfeeding or who need some advice can relax on a comfy couch or upholstered chair in a homey living room-like setting, and join a support circle offering help from nurses, specialists and fellow moms working through the same problems.
Some say it’s fine to offer a diagnosis but other cite Goldwater rule, which says a psychiatrist can’t diagnose without a patient exam and consent.
Today’s other public health stories from around the state cover the expansion of a genomics project at the Rady Children’s Institute, Oceanside medical marijuana regulations and Costa Mesa funding for an inspector for sober-living and group homes.
The city of Los Angeles also received nearly $12 million to launch a drug-intervention initiative under the city attorney’s office and for a program led by the mayor’s office to help former inmates find jobs.
The plan would be funded under the state Mental Health Services Act, which places a 1 percent tax on every dollar of personal income over $1 million to be allocated to local mental health agencies.
A lawyer for Kathryn and William Robinson of Orland says they don’t want their son, Matthew Clayton Robinson, to have died for nothing. “We want the public to be aware of what happened here and to help prevent atrocities like this in the future. We want law enforcement to start paying attention to the fact that not everyone they encounter is a criminal.”
Mosques, student groups and mental health agencies around the Sacramento region are stepping up and offering Muslims a safe place to share their anxieties and receive professional help.