The Daily Scan

September 11, 2018

Last Updated: 9:00 AM EST

Legislation

  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wrote a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar requesting that the Trump Administration approve work requirements for thousands of low-income adults in the state. These adults gained health care under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Snyder stated: “Through HMP, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has extended healthcare coverage to over 1,000,000 eligible low-income Michigan residents, with a current enrollment of approximately 655,000. The HMP program has made a significant impact on the health and well-being of Michigan residents and the proposed waiver extension amendment will enable the State to continue those efforts.” (Michigan.gov)

Litigation

  • A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the state of Missouri could enforce laws that abortion rights groups argue will curb access to the procedure. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2017 ruling that blocked enforcement of the laws, which require doctors who perform abortions to be affiliated with hospitals and abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. Planned Parenthood initially sued the state over the laws in 2016. (TheHill.com)

Private Sector

  • Walgreens has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement in which it will will acquire pharmacy patient prescription files and related pharmacy inventory of 185 Fred’s stores located across 10 southeastern states. Walgreens has acquired these files for $165 million, still subject to adjustment. Richard Ashworth, Walgreens President of Operations commented: “This agreement increases patient access to Walgreens pharmacies in the Southeastern U.S., and allows us to introduce more people to Walgreens trusted pharmacy services in these communities. We look forward to welcoming Fred’s patients and team members who are hired into available Walgreens positions.” The transaction is part of a previously announced plan by Fred’s to unlock shareholder value by monetizing non-core assets through strategic transactions. (Walgreens.com)

 

 

 

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