The Hill – Health care fights could complicate 2018 funding deal

A host of health-care issues could complicate a deal to fund the government in what will be a hectic January for Congress. Lawmakers agreed to a short-term continuing resolution that funds the government through Jan. 19. When they return, they will face a number of dicey issues with two weeks to reach a new full-year funding deal.

The New York Times – Air pollution contributes to more than 20,000 deaths a year

Day-to-day increases in air pollution are associated with increased deaths among the elderly.

CNN – WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018

The WHO defines the disorder as a “persistent or recurrent” behavior pattern of “sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”

ProPublica – Doing less with less: Mental health care in Mississippi

As a consequence of the ripple effects of the financial crisis, Mississippi saw its state support for mental health care slashed by $42 million from 2009 to 2011, roughly 15 percent of the Department of Mental Health’s budget.