Capsules: Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Restore Drugmaker Rebates For 'Dual Eligibles'; Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Is Still Open And Still Controversial

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on new legislation introduced regarding Medicare drug rebates: "The legislation would require drug companies to provide rebates to the federal government for drugs used by a group of beneficiaries often called "dual eligibles." These beneficiaries are predominantly low-income seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid" (Carey, 4/16).

Also on the blog, Mississippi Public Radio's Jeffrey Hess, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on the status of his state's only abortion clinic: "Protesters clashed Tuesday outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, which won a victory in federal court that allows the facility to continue to operate, at least for now. The legal victory for the clinic came Monday when U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III temporarily blocked a state law that requires all the doctors at the facility to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The judge is preventing the law from taking effect until a legal challenge against it is settled" (Hess, 4/17). Check out what else is on the blog.

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