The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Support for Patients and Communities Act, which will widen access to treatment to end opioid addiction.
While private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid policies took steps to combat the opioid epidemic, they often missed opportunities to encourage patients to take safer, more effective alternatives to prescription opioids.
Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association asked a federal judge to stop HHS from changing its funding strategy for Title X grants. They argued the change was illegal as it was not done through a rulemaking.
More than 70 organizations representing physicians, hospitals, insurers, drug and device manufacturers and others released a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at addressing the escalating opioid crisis in the U.S.
The high-profile deaths this month of celebrity designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain pushed suicide into the national spotlight. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications from states and territories to score some of the $930 million in grants for opioid prevention and treatment initiatives.
HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson called addressing affordable housing issues the "perfect nexus" where his agency could work with HHS and others to avoid program redundancy and maximize their resources' impact.
The "Stop Youth Opioid Abuse" ad campaign features graphic re-enactments of four individuals' stories about becoming addicted to prescription opioids.
Despite the availability of hepatitis C drugs capable of curing most patients, public and private health insurers denied treatment for more than a third of patients whose doctors prescribed the drugs between 2016 and April 2017, according to a study.
The new initiative will help HHS track and end infectious disease threats before they become full-fledged epidemics. The plan includes a private network of contractors to help HHS find and develop new technologies and treatments.
The American Cancer Society recommended that individuals begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, five years earlier than previous guidelines. The change reflects a rise in colon and rectal cancer cases and deaths among adults under 50.
The land where Scotch whisky was born has introduced a long-debated public health initiative—discouraging problem drinking by setting minimum prices for booze.