Cherokee Nation Sues Opioid Wholesalers, Retailers for Abuse

From US News:

he Cherokee Nation is suing wholesalers and retailers of opioid medications, alleging the companies haven’t done enough to prevent tribal members from acquiring illegally prescribed opioids, which are powerful painkillers.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Cherokee Nation District Court, which has jurisdiction within 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma that comprise the Cherokee Nation.

Among other things, it alleges the companies have created conditions in which “vast amounts” of the drugs flow freely from manufacturers to abusers and drug dealers.

Groups warn of rural health ‘crisis’ under ObamaCare repeal

From The Hill:

Rural areas would be hit particularly hard if Congress and the Trump administration don’t send clear signals that they’re committed to helping keep ObamaCare’s insurance marketplaces stable next year, advocates warn.

Insurers are in the midst of deciding which ObamaCare markets to enter, and they need assurances that they won’t have to pay billions for out-of-pocket costs for certain low-income consumers. Rural areas already have fewer care options than their urban peers.

A “crisis in rural counties,” is possible without more clarity, said Alan Morgan, the CEO of the National Rural Health Association, an umbrella group representing hospitals, doctors and others that work in rural areas.

“Without any intervention, this is going to be a mess.”