Modern Healthcare — Trump budget slashes public health programs
Public health officials caution that President Donald Trump’s most recent budget proposal would leave the nation vulnerable to disease outbreaks or unable to adequately respond to emergencies for years. “We’re going to have a disaster, and no one is going to be able to respond,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Agencies slated to receive the most significant cuts include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose budget would be reduced by $1.3 billion, or 17%, over 2017 funding levels.

The New York Times — W.H.O. elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as first director general from Africa
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African ever to head the agency. The election was the first conducted by the W.H.O. under more open and democratic rules. After nearly two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the voting took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 186 countries cast their ballots in secret.

The Arizona Republic — CVS is the latest to ease access to opioid-overdose drug in Arizona
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he has been working with pharmacies in his state to get the opioid-overdose reversal drug Naloxone readily available for purchase, while still pursuing those who illicitly provide prescription drugs. “This is an epidemic, and we as a society need to do something about it,” Brnovich said. CVS joins Walgreens as the second pharmacy chain to sell Naloxone to customers without a prescription.

The Hill — Senate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote
Senate Republicans are under mounting pressure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill before the congressional recess in August. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is wary of committing to a specific deadline after the House struggled to pass a bill, the White House wants the upper chamber to hit the gas. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and House GOP lawmakers are publicly nudging the Senate to vote before lawmakers leave town at the end of July.

The Associated Press — States rejecting bills intended to keep guns away from kids
In state after state, proposals that would create or toughen laws intended to keep kids from getting ahold of unsecured guns have stalled — caught up in a debate over whether they are effective prevention measures or just government overreach. Child access prevention laws allow prosecutors to bring charges against adults who fail to safely store their loaded guns, especially when they are obtained by minors and used to harm.

Politico — CBO score of Obamacare repeal bill expected Wednesday
The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation plan to release a score of the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill on Wednesday afternoon, the CBO said in a blog post Friday. The Senate parliamentarian can’t review the legislation and the GOP cannot start writing its health care bill in the upper chamber until the CBO scoring is complete. Savings under the Senate version has to at least equal savings under the House bill — otherwise the measure would violate budget rules and the GOP repeal effort would come to a swift end.