Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The opioid crisis costs America at least $78 billion a year. 01/31/2019 12:41 pm ET By Christine Vestal Editor’s Note: This is part three of the State of the States 2019 series. CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dozens of doctors, nurses and researchers here at the Medical University of South Carolina are working on new opioid treatment projects many say they never dreamed possible. “For a small state without Medicaid expansion to mobilize opioid treatment programs and reach as many people as we have is truly amazing,” said Dr. Kelly Barth, a physician and associate professor of behavioral medicine. “We know we’re saving lives every day.” More than a decade into an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that’s costing the nation at least $78 billion a year, emergency federal dollars have kindled local victories. Frontline practitioners in the … [Read more...] about Treating Opioid Addicts Is Expensive. States Want Drug Makers To Fund It.
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff September 30, 2018 First in a series of occasional articles on how money affects patients and their care.CAMDEN, Maine — In elegant rooms with sparkling views of Penobscot Bay, some of Harvard’s most skilled psychiatrists treat patients from across the United States — football players referred by the NFL, lawyers sent by their firms, a school janitor with a wealthy brother.What they have in common is the means to pay $2,150 a day for a minimum of 30 days of treatment at Borden Cottage, a remote outpost of McLean Hospital, perhaps the country’s best known psychiatric facility. Credit cards are welcome. Health insurance is not. Advertisement In return, patients have access to a heated outdoor pool, a movie theater with reclining leather seats, a vintage bowling alley, and, most importantly, gold-standard … [Read more...] about At elegant McLean psychiatric outpost, $2,150 a day, and insurance is not welcome
ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Neil Swidey August 15, 2018 AS I PULL INTO A SUNOCO STATION on a recent Friday night, I feel as if I’ve driven right into my childhood. Despite the sign by the pump promising (and delivering) the “Lowest Gas Prices in Town,” it is a full-service station. After the friendly proprietor fills my tank, I hand him two twenties. He reaches into his chest pocket and pulls out a Tony Soprano–style wad of bills, peeling off several singles to hand me my change. No swipes, no chips, no PINs. If he had checked my oil and squeegeed my windshield (and if my two twenties had instead been a ten), I would have sworn I was a preschooler in 1973, sitting behind my dad in his Ford Falcon.The proprietor is Ed Negoshian, and the Sunoco station at the intersection of Route 9 and Elliot Street in Newton has been in his family since the 1950s. He began working there when he … [Read more...] about Come back to cash (before it’s too late)
The Villages is America’s largest retirement community, a carefully planned, meticulously groomed dreamscape of gated subdivisions, wall-to-wall golf courses, adult-only pools and old-fashioned town squares. It’s advertised as “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown,” and it’s supposed to evoke a bygone era of traditional values when Americans knew their neighbors, respected their elders and followed the rules. It has the highest concentration of military veterans of any metropolitan area without a military base. It has strict regulations enforcing the uniformity of homes (no second stories, no bright colors, no modern flourishes) as well as the people living in them (no families with children, except to visit). And it is Trump country, a reliably Republican, vocally patriotic, almost entirely white enclave that gave the president nearly 70 percent of the vote. Older voters are America’s most reliable voters, which is why baby-boomer boomtowns like … [Read more...] about Generation Pickleball: Welcome to Florida’s Political Tomorrowland