Kaiser Health News — Pre-existing conditions and continuous coverage are key elements of GOP bill
If the American Health Care Act, which the House recently passed, becomes law, people who have health problems might not fare so well trying to buy insurance after a lapse. The Republican bill would still require insurers to offer coverage to everyone, including people who have preexisting medical conditions. But it would allow states to opt out of the federal health law’s prohibition against charging sick people more than healthy ones. In those states, if people have a break in coverage of more than 63 days, insurers could charge them any price for coverage for approximately a year, effectively putting coverage out of reach for many sick people, analysts say.

90.9 WBUR-FM (NPR Boston) — Cherokee Nation takes drug distributors to tribal court
As the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis grows, the Cherokee Nation is launching the first-ever lawsuit against drug distributors that will be litigated in a tribal court. The suit takes on companies including pharmacies CVS Health, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and drug distributors Cardinal Health, Inc. and McKesson Corporation, alleging that they didn’t properly monitor prescription painkillers, which eventually “flooded” every Cherokee county.

The New York Times — Red meat increases risk of dying from 9 diseases
The more red meat you eat, the greater your risk of dying from one of nine diseases, according to a new report in the BMJ. Researchers studied more than 536,000 men and women ages 50 to 71, tracking their diet and health for an average of 16 years. Compared with the one-fifth of people who ate the least red meat, the one-fifth who ate the most had a 26 percent increased risk of death from various causes such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease and liver disease.


The Guardian — Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5 million public health projects in 40 cities worldwide
Appointed last year as the World Health Organisation’s global ambassador for non-communicable diseases, Michael Bloomberg is the eighth richest person in the world, worth an estimated $47.5 billion. Now, he is giving $5 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, as well as technical support, for cities that choose to focus on one of 10 healthy lifestyle issues. These include curbing sugary drink consumption, air pollution, promoting exercise and and bans on smoking. So far, 40 cities worldwide have taken him up on his offer.