Stat – As calls for measles vaccination rise, it’s crickets from the White House

When children visiting Disneyland in 2015 contracted and then transmitted measles across the country, President Barack Obama lent his voice to the containment campaign. “You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them,” he told an interviewer. “There is every reason to get vaccinated. There aren’t reasons not to get vaccinated.” But as health departments in multiple states battle some of the largest measles outbreaks in decades, there has been radio silence from the current commander in chief.

Politico – Cancer group launches $4.5M campaign to boost Medicaid expansion

The American Cancer Society’s advocacy arm is launching a $4.5 million campaign that aims to break GOP resistance to Medicaid expansion in several states debating whether to join the program. The initiative launching Tuesday — which the group detailed exclusively to POLITICO and is its largest-ever education campaign — comes amid Democrats’ reinvigorated push for coverage expansion after health care-fueled 2018 midterm victories. The campaign will largely focus on Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and North Carolina, where 1.2 million low-income people could gain coverage if state leaders expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Post – Dental care is tough to find for people with autism, other developmental disorders

People with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care — on top of their other challenges. Many dentists either avoid treating these patients or lack the skills needed to do so. Some patients with developmental disabilities are unable to endure even regular dental exams or cleanings without general anesthesia. But most dentists don’t offer it and getting insurance to cover it for routine dental work is often a struggle.

Los Angeles Times – Mentally ill homeless people keep going to jail. But a study says L.A. County can fix that

On a typical day, thousands of homeless and mentally ill people are behind bars in Los Angeles County’s jails. But more than half of them would be good candidates to divert into housing with supportive services instead, according a new study from the Department of Health Services. If enough housing and services were available, nearly 3,000 people in custody at any given time would be eligible for release — either before their trials or before finishing their sentences. A study, released Monday, shows the potential to break the well-worn cycle of homelessness, incarceration and return to homelessness, said Peter Espinoza, a retired judge who heads the Office of Diversion and Reentry.