Vox — Study: the US could have averted about 15,600 deaths if every state expanded Medicaid
The United States could have averted about 15,600 deaths if all 50 states expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests.

NPR — Senate approves bill to prevent Sept. 11 victims’ fund from running out of money
The Senate has voted 97-2 to approve a bill that will virtually ensure permanent funding for rescue workers whose work after the Sept. 11 attacks caused health problems.

STAT — Senate committee unveils ambitious plan to cap drug price hikes, out-of-pocket expenses
A key Senate committee on Tuesday unveiled a long-awaited package of drug pricing reforms that would cap how much drug makers can hike their prices in Medicare. It would also cap out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare beneficiaries and dramatically reform the program’s prescription drug benefit.

New York Times — Someday, an arm implant may prevent H.I.V. infection for a year
In what could eventually become a milestone for H.I.V. prevention, very preliminary tests of an implant containing a new drug suggest that it may protect against infection for a full year.

Associated Press — Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws
A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect Wednesday in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close.