Washington Post – Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration issued guidance to states early Thursday that will allow them to compel people to work or prepare for jobs in order to receive Medicaid for the first time in the half-century history of this pillar of the nation’s social safety net.

STAT – Trump administration halts ‘evidence-based’ program that evaluates behavioral health therapies

The Trump administration has abruptly halted work on a highly regarded program to help physicians, families, state and local government agencies, and others separate effective “evidence-based” treatments for substance abuse and behavioral health problems from worthless interventions.

Penn Live – Pa. launches attack on opioids crisis in response to one of the nation’s highest fatal OD rates

Gov. Tom Wolf declared Pennsylvania’s drug addiction and overdose crisis a statewide disaster emergency on Tuesday.

Associated Press – Zambia to vaccinate 1 million against cholera amid outbreak

Zambia is set to vaccinate one million people in its capital against cholera as a deadly outbreak grows. The World Health Organization says doses of the cholera vaccine have been delivered to the impoverished southern African nation as fears spread in Lusaka.

New York Times – Why it’s still worth getting a flu shot

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a bad one. Much of the country endured a bitterly cold stretch, causing more people to be crowded together inside. The strain that has been most pervasive, H3N2, is nastier than most. And, we’re being told, the vaccine this year is particularly ineffective.