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Texas "Truth in Medicine Act" could broaden off-label use of medications

| Apr 21, 2021 | Texas

Senator Paul Bettencourt is hoping to make off-label uses of medications more accessible to Texans who could benefit from them. His bill -- SB 1820, or the “Truth in Medicine Act” -- would address the “federal gag order” on sharing information concerning off-label uses of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved...[ Read More ]

Ducey vetoes controversial sex education bill

| Apr 21, 2021 | Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey vetoed a highly contested bill Tuesday that would have given Arizona some of the strictest anti-LGBTQ sex education laws in the country. He concurrently issued an executive order mandating all sex education materials to be posted online -- something the vetoed SB 1456 would have made optional....[ Read More ]

Video: Utah leaders discuss how to address racial inequities

| Apr 21, 2021 | Utah

At last week's "Facing the challenge of racial inequity in health care" panel at the 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, leaders of state health equity efforts shared their experiences helping underserved populations recover from COVID-19.     In this video, Mikelle Moore, senior vice president and chief...[ Read More ]

Video: Utah Insurance Commissioner Jon Pike discusses UDOI's work

| Apr 21, 2021 | Utah

As the final speaker at the 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference’s afternoon Keynote, Commissioner Pike described the “whirlwind” that has been the first 100 days of the Cox Administration. He praised the governor’s work so far. He explained how the Department of Insurance (DOI) was very active...[ Read More ]

Colorado committee approves bill to allocate $9 million to youth mental health

| Apr 21, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado House Public and Behavioral Health Committee today voted to advance Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill to allocate $9 million from federal stimulus funds to support the mental health needs of Colorado youth. The “Rapid Mental Health Response for Colorado Youth” bill would create a temporary youth mental health...[ Read More ]

Controversial abortion bill revived in Arizona Senate

| Apr 20, 2021 | Arizona

Using a strategic legislative maneuver, Arizona Sen. Nancy Barto has revived her contested bill prohibiting abortions performed on the basis of a fetus’s genetic abnormality. Following an amended version of the bill’s one-vote failure in the Senate, Barto also switched her vote to “no,” allowing her to bring SB 1457...[ Read More ]

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