Baltimore Sun — (Featuring APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin) Feds remind states that Medicaid can cover costs of contraception, bug spray to prevent Zika infections
Federal regulators are telling state Medicaid programs that they may cover mosquito repellent and condoms to prevent the spread of Zika — guidance that drew praise from public health officials, but might not result in much change for low-income residents enrolled in the public health insurance programs. Medicaid programs already are required to cover family planning and contraception, and can cover bug spray, though it’s not clear how many do. Public health officials said the move keeps the subject in the news, and could spur some patients to initiate a conversation with their health care providers.

Duluth News Tribune — (Featuring APHA gun violence fact sheet) Our view: Orange a call to end gun violence
No matter where you stand on the gun debate, you can agree that an innocent person being shot is a tragedy that should not happen. And you can participate in events in Duluth and elsewhere today being held to remember those victims and to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day, also called Wear Orange Day. The day was started by friends and family of Hadiye Pendleton, who was hit and killed by a stray bullet in Chicago in 2013, a week after she performed with her school at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Fox News — Many children go to primary care for concussions, not the ER
New research confirms that relying on emergency room data to estimate the prevalence of childhood concussions doesn’t deliver a complete picture because many seek treatment in primary care. The study, from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia health network, included about 8,000 kids who sought concussion treatment there over four years. About 80 percent were treated in primary care offices, which researchers say is appropriate unless there are severe symptoms, including seizures or blurred vision.

The Atlantic — America’s mysterious rising death rate
In 2015, for the first time in 10 years, the death rate in the United States went up. According to preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015 there were 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 723.5 in 2014. (This is the age-adjusted death rate, by the way, so it accounts for the increasing likelihood of death as people age.) The last time the death rate went up, in 2005, it was by a smaller amount—from 813.7 in 2004 to 815—and it seems to have been due to a rough bout of the flu. Bumps aside, generally, the trend since 1999 (and since the 1930s, really) has been downward.