Governor appoints judge in 1st Judicial Circuit. The Intelligencer reports, “West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice struggled to pronounce his name, but Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Michael J. Olejasz will be the newest judge in the 1st Judicial Circuit.”
HHS looks to relieve regulatory burden associated with EHRs. HEALTHCAREDIVE reports, “… released a draft strategy aimed at relieving clinicians of some of the administrative and regulatory burdens associated with the use of EHRs and other health IT.”
Judge rules inmates cannot be denied opioid treatment. The New York Times reports, “In a ruling that could have tremendous consequences for the country’s correctional system, a federal judge said this week that a Massachusetts man facing a jail sentence could not be denied access to treatment for his opioid addiction.”
Maroney new Senate HHR chairman. WDTV reports, “…Senator Dr. Mike Maroney (R-Marshall) has been named the new chairman of the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee.”
New Jersey recreational marijuana debate becomes criminal justice fairness discussion. The New York Times reports, “The debate in the New Jersey Legislature over whether to legalize recreational marijuana is unexpectedly turning into a wrenching discussion about fairness in the criminal justice system and the role of race in hundreds of thousands of drug convictions over the decades.”
States wrestle with sports betting regulation details. AP News reports, “Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it … So far, seven states offer legal sports betting: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.”
Thought bubble: This week, after a couple of hours of debate, members of the West Virginia Legislature’s Rule-Making Review Committee approved 179CSR09, West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Rule. The rule will be considered by the entire legislature in 2019.
Great Rivers names Tina Ramirez director for addiction care. HuntingtonNews.Net reports, “Tina L. Ramirez has been named director of the Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care at Marshall Health… Previously, she worked for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department directing multiple prevention and wellness initiatives.”
Health care is women’s #1 issue. Axios reports, “Female voters helped propel a record number of women into Congress earlier this month, and a new SurveyMonkey/S&P Global survey finds that health care is by far the No. 1 issue female voters want policymakers to address.
West Virginia schools need mental health services. The Register-Herald reports, “The results of a West Virginia Children’s Health Collaborative survey show that mental health care services are greatly needed in schools throughout the state. “
US life expectancy drops. Yahoo! reports, “Life expectancy in the United States dropped yet again as drug overdose deaths continued to climb — taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017 — and suicides rose…”
…Numbers climb for uninsured children. The Hill reports, “The number of uninsured children in the U.S. increased for the first time in a decade, according to a new report that puts much of the blame on policies spearheaded by Republicans.”