The Washington Post — Trump administration names Georgia health official as new CDC director

The Trump administration has named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency’s role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally.

The New York Times — Why single-payer health care saves money

Lingering uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has spurred the California legislature to consider adoption of a statewide single-payer health care system. Sometimes described as Medicare for all, single-payer is a system in which a public agency handles health care financing while the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.

Health Affairs Blog — Beyond “to close or not to close” rural hospitals

About 60 million Americans live in rural areas. And almost every health statistic shows they’re falling behind their fellow Americans who live in urban areas. Rural residents are less likely to have health insurance coverage through a job, have lower incomes, and have higher rates of death from heart disease and stroke. However, there’s not only a health gap widening between urban and rural areas. There’s also a growing gap between the way systems of health work in different areas of the country.

Roll Call — Ticks, floods and a dash of health care

Finding the votes for the Republican effort to roll back the 2010 health care overhaul may be the most pressing matter at the Capitol, but it hasn’t been the only topic of conversation for senators back home over the July Fourth recess.