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Harvard Medical School Caps Off Capital Campaign with $789 Million

Harvard Medical School Caps Off Capital Campaign with $789 Million

Medical School
The main quad at Harvard Medical School. Harvard Medical School completed its capital campaign with $789 million raised, slightly exceeding its goal of $750 million, according to data provided by the school.The school’s campaign, entitled “The World Is Waiting: The Campaign for Harvard Medicine,” was divided between four priorities: education, discovery, service, and leadership.Discovery — which mostly entails research — brought in by far the largest tally at $496 million, school spokesperson Gina Vild wrote in an email. Education garnered the least, at $70 million. Roughly $1 million have yet to be designated to one of the four priorities.Campaign c...
In states without Medicaid expansion, poor more likely to go without medical care, GAO study finds

In states without Medicaid expansion, poor more likely to go without medical care, GAO study finds

Medical Study
Uninsured adults with low-enough incomes to qualify for expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act—but who did not live in an expansion state—were more likely to go without necessary medical care, according to a new study from the Government Accountability Office. Looking at data from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey, the non-partisan GAO (PDF) found that 20% of low-income adults in non-expansion states reported they could not afford needed medical care, compared with 9.4% of low-income adults in expansion states. Of those uninsured, low-income individuals that qualified for Medicaid expansion, but did not live in an expansion state, the majority were male and more than half were employed. Most had incomes le...
Medical marijuana plants are ready for harvest, but lack of a testing lab could lead to delays

Medical marijuana plants are ready for harvest, but lack of a testing lab could lead to delays

Medical Cannabis
Louisiana's first legal crop of medical marijuana is being harvested on Tuesday (Oct. 17). By next week GB Sciences, the licensed grower working with the LSU Ag Center, will start the drying process before they extract the compounds used in medical marijuana. The company said that they could potentially have product packaged and ready to get shipped out to the state's nine licensed dispensaries by Nov. 14. However, regulatory hurdles have slowed the process, making it unclear when medical cannabis will actually be commercially available in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the agency which regulates the program, has not yet identified an independent, third-party laboratory to test the product before it gets shipped to the dispensaries. This is a requireme...
Utah's medical marijuana initiative is no longer a sure thing, poll finds

Utah's medical marijuana initiative is no longer a sure thing, poll finds

Medical Cannabis
After months of strong popularity, Proposition 2 has lost ground among Utah voters and is polling barely above the crucial 50 percent mark just weeks ahead of Election Day, a new poll shows. A Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll indicates that support for the medical marijuana initiative has waned by about 15 percentage points since June and that only 3 percent of voters remain indecisive about the measure. A big erosion of support among active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands out in the survey. Jason Perry, the Hinckley Institute’s director, said this deal likely contributed to the weakened support for Prop 2. While medical marijuana as a concept exerts wide appeal, the specifics of the initiative had alienated some peo...
How To Tell Missouri's 3 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measures Apart

How To Tell Missouri's 3 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measures Apart

Medical Cannabis
Missouri, if you want medical cannabis legalized, the midterms are your chance to make it happen.Voters on Nov. 6 have three separate ballot measures — two proposed amendments and a proposition — on essentially the same question: whether to allow the legal use of medical cannabis to treat conditions like epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma. But the details of exactly how each program would work and how much money they would generate for the state are buried in the fine print. Here’s your guide: Amendment 2: New Approach Missouri What it would do: Amend the state constitution to allow medical marijuana and create regulation and licensing for marijuana and the facilities that grow the plant. Patients would be able to grow their own marijuana in state-r...
Study: Poor more likely to forgo medical care in states without Medicaid expansion

Study: Poor more likely to forgo medical care in states without Medicaid expansion

Medical Study
Low-income people in states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare were less likely to forgo needed medical care due to costs than those living in states that did not expand Medicaid, according to a new study.The study from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, finds that 20 percent of low-income people in non-Medicaid expansion states did not get needed medical care in the past 12 months due to costs. That figure was less than half — 9 percent — in states that did expand the program. ADVERTISEMENTThe Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, the health insurance program for those with limited income, up to 138 percent of the poverty line, about $35,000 for a family of four. However, 17 Repu...
New Jersey medical cannabis dispensaries can now post prices online

New Jersey medical cannabis dispensaries can now post prices online

Medical Cannabis
New Jersey is allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to advertise prices on their websites and social media, a move generally welcomed by the state’s cannabis industry as a way to differentiate offerings. “Certainly it’s going to be good for businesses,” said Scott Rudder, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association. “It gives them the opportunity to show various strains at different prices. “Dispensaries often give discounts depending on strain availability, and they give veterans discounts.” New Jersey’s vertically integrated MMJ operators can choose whether to provide price information and to what extent, according to state officials. But Rudder said he expects all will do so “at the end...