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Calif. Governor’s Ambitious Health Plans: Newsom Wants To Reshape How Drugs Are Paid For, Implement Single-Payer System And Mandate Insurance

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says he will also create a state surgeon general position via executive order and make California the first state to cover immigrants without legal status who are younger than 26 through Medi-Cal. Newsom did not provide details during his inauguration speech about how he is going to pay for these health care goals, though Democrats in the Legislature are generally supportive of his ideas.

If Shutdown Continues, SNAP Benefits Could Be Threatened Leaving Millions Of Americans Without Help To Buy Food

More than 19 million households in the United States receive food stamps, accounting for nearly 39 million people. The Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is one of the agencies that has not yet been funded by Congress. Although SNAP is automatically renewed, if the shutdown continues through March, there will be no remaining funding for the program.

Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Are To Blame For Opioid Crisis’ Ever-Rising Death Toll. But When Labeled That Way, It’s Still Sought After.

In places like San Francisco, where fentanyl is clearly labeled and not disguised as heroin, some people who are addicted to opioids prefer the powerful synthetic. “Fentanyl is stronger, you need less of it, and it’s cheaper. So why wouldn’t I, as somebody with limited funds, want to spend my money on something that’s a better value and therefore a better product?” Kristen Marshall, who runs a drug testing program for the Harm Reduction Coalition, tells Stateline about the drug users she treats.