How Policy Gaps Fail People Who Inject Drugs and Contract Endocarditis

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Recent media reports suggest that healthcare providers around the country are grappling with how to respond to rising rates of endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart, linked to people who inject drugs. Reports in the New York Times and NPR describe the dilemma faced by physicians called on to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use.

Rosenbaum Blogs in Health Affairs on Medicaid 1115 and Work Requirements

In a timely blog in Health Affairs, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Professor Sara Rosenbaum responds to the Trump administration’s letter of January 11 inviting states to propose demonstrations to test the effects of threatening to withdraw or reduce Medicaid from people who fail to meet work requirements. 

A Rare Opportunity to Hear What Medicaid Recipients Think About Requiring Work for Medicaid Coverage

Arguments for and against Medicaid work requirements have been made repeatedly in the media, particularly since the beginning of the Trump administration, but there have been few opportunities to hear what Medicaid recipients think about requiring work for coverage.