Politico – What’s in the spending deal (for now)

A prospective short-term spending deal to keep the government running past Thursday night includes a number of wins for health care industry groups, and cuts to the Prevention Fund.

Kaiser Health News – Community health centers caught in ‘Washington’s political dysfunction’

As lawmakers face another deadline this week for passing legislation to keep the federal government open, one of the outstanding issues is long-term funding for a key health care safety-net program.

Politico – Kellyanne Conway’s ‘opioid cabinet’ sidelines drug czar’s experts

President Donald Trump’s war on opioids is beginning to look more like a war on his drug policy office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a day.

NPR – Lethal pneumonia outbreak caused by low chlorine in Flint water

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people and sickened at least 87 in Flint, Mich., in 2014 and 2015 was caused by low chlorine levels in the municipal water system, scientists have confirmed. It’s the most detailed evidence yet linking the bacterial disease to the city’s broader water crisis.

CBS News – 6 things you can do right now to help prevent the flu

The United States is in the midst of a particularly rough – and deadly – flu season. High levels of flu-like illness are being reported in 42 states and hospitalizations for flu continue to rise across the country.