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Ryan Scores Dual Wins With ACA Repeal Vote
James Arkin, RCPolitics
The Republican-controlled Congress passed a repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law by a 240-181 vote in the House Wednesday, mostly along party lines, handing Speaker Paul Ryan a dual victory in the process.

Parties Use Health Issues to Draw Contrasts
Lee & Armour, W.S. Journal
As the spotlight shifts from policy makers in Washington to the presidential campaign trail, the White House and congressional Republicans are looking for ways to energize their parties’ voters—and perhaps attract some from the other side.

Bipartisan Bill Proposed for Mental Health
Peter Sullivan, The Hill
Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Wednesday announced they are introducing a bipartisan bill to increase funding for community mental health clinics.

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How Guns Could Mess Up Mental Health Legislation
Caitlin Owens, MC
The intensification of the gun control debate, spurred by President Barack Obama’s latest push, could complicate the mental health efforts in Congress. Mental health is an issue with bipartisan support as long as it doesn’t wade into gun law. Obama just crossed that volatile line.

Under Gun Rules, F.B.I. Will Receive Health Data
Robert Pear, NYT
Responding to Republicans who have repeatedly tied gun violence to mental health issues, President Obama’s new gun control plan will allow state agencies and the Social Security Administration to provide certain “protected health information” to the F.B.I. to help crack down on weapons sales to people who pose a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs.

HIPAA Rules Part of Move to Fight Gun Violence
Joseph Conn, Mod. HC
Only a few healthcare organizations report to the federal database that conducts background searches on people who want to buy guns, but those groups will get a little more latitude through a final HHS rule that's part of a White House package announced this week aimed at combating gun violence.

Medicaid May Pay for Some Inpatient Addiction Care
Ben Allen, NPR
For decades, if people on Medicaid wanted to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, they almost always had to rely solely on money from state and local sources. Now, in a dramatic shift, the federal government is likely to chip in, too.

Activists Sue Ohio to Get Drug Pricing on Ballot
Ed Silverman, Pharmalot
In the latest skirmish over prescription drug pricing, consumer activists filed a lawsuit against Ohio officials for ordering a review of signatures collected for a ballot measure designed to lower the cost of medicines.

Who Pays For Telehealth?
Daylina Miller, Health News Florida
There's no state law forbidding, restricting or regulating telehealth, so the biggest obstacle for patients and doctors is this: Who pays?

Why Did HealthSpot Fail? Telemedicine Weighs In
Neil Versel, MedCity
In the wake of the news that HealthSpot has ceased operations, the kiosk-based telehealth service provider is remaining mum, but others in the industry remain bullish on video consults.

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