News Brief: Global Health Law News Updates

U.S. Federal Agencies were rated on their scientific candor by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Here’s how they scored: A: CDC; B-plus: Nuclear Regulatory Commission; B: NASA, NOAA, Census Bureau, National Institute of Standards and Technology; C: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Geological Survey; D: Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA , Bureau of Land Management, Consumer Product Safety Commission; F: OSHA. Washington Post

Parents are pushing states to require that insurance companies cover intensive autism behavior therapies. In the past couple of years, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas have all passed laws requiring such coverage, including up to $50,000 a year for each child. Similar bills are being considered in New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan. Washington Post

Government actuaries reported that Medicaid spending is expected to increase 7.9 percent annually. Medicaid serves 50 million people about half of which are poor children who get an estimated $2,435 in benefits. Adults get an average of $3,586, while disabled and the elderly get more than $14,000 each. Washington Post

Hawaii is ending the only state universal child health care program in the country only seven months after its start. Authorities cited to budget shortfalls as reason for the cut alleging that people were dropping their private insurance so that the state would pay. Washington Post

The New York Public Library opened an exhibit this month entitled “Not a Cough in a Carload: Images From the Tobacco Industry Campaign to Hide the Hazards of Smoking,” focusing on tobacco advertisements from the 1920s through 1950s. Washington Post

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