Towns throughout the U.S. are urging tougher limitations on how a lot landlords are authorized to raise their regular rents. Other news is on Florida’s psychological health and fitness laws, a proposed ban on sugary drinks for Ohio young children, an asbestos lawsuit in St. Louis, and much more.


The Wall Street Journal:
Lease-Control Measures Are Again As Residence Rents Arrive at New Highs 


Lawmakers throughout the U.S. are searching to enact hire regulate, reviving measures mainly shunned in new a long time in an exertion to control the surge in dwelling rental prices in the course of the country. These proposals, which would commonly enable landlords to strengthen month to month rents by no extra than 2% to 10%, are on the legislative agenda in much more than a dozen states. Rental selling prices are up about 18% on common around the previous two several years, according to serious-estate broker Redfin Corp. , hitting file stages across the U.S. (parker, 3/13)

In information from Florida —


Well being Information Florida:
Telehealth Monthly bill Expanding Doctor’s Prescribing Powers Heads To Governor 


The Senate on Friday unanimously authorized a measure that would increase the ability of doctors to prescribe controlled substances via telehealth. Senators agreed to alterations built by the Home, with the monthly bill (SB 312) now prepared to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis. Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, has grown in reputation in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has allowed patients to acquire treatment method remotely. The bill would ease restrictions on physicians prescribing controlled substances by way of telehealth, nevertheless they would go on to be barred from prescribing what are regarded as Schedule I and Plan II controlled substances, which involve highly addictive medications this kind of as morphine, according to a Senate evaluation. (3/14)


Health Information Florida:
Legislature Passes Medicaid Monthly bill Immediately after The House Drops A Proposal On ‘Essential’ Providers 


Florida lawmakers passed a system Friday that will enable set the phase for the Agency for Health and fitness Care Administration to award billions of bucks in Medicaid managed-treatment contracts. The invoice (SB 1950) handed after the Home agreed to fall a controversial proposal that dealt with disputes concerning managed-treatment programs and “essential” vendors, these types of as children’s hospitals and instructing hospitals. The Home proposal could have led to withholding what are recognised as Medicaid “supplemental” payments from vital providers that do not get to agreements to be aspect of managed-care networks. (3/14)


WFSU:
Advocates Applaud Very long-Preferred Updates To Florida’s Baker Act 


For several years, mental overall health advocates have been seeking to get the state to reexamine its laws all-around involuntary psychiatric motivation. Former legislative sessions has taken some incremental ways, but this 12 months marks the greatest adjust, advocates say. Nonetheless, the do the job to decrease the selection of persons getting dedicated in opposition to their will is not above, in accordance to some vendors. The version of the bill that passed incorporates two difficulties that have continued to vex psychological well being advocates: how people are transported to amenities, and whether they can dedicate them selves. The Baker Act is the portion of law composed to permit a man or woman to be involuntarily fully commited for psychiatric analysis, although the Marchman Act is very similar and discounts right with material abuse. (Hatter, 3/14)

In news from Ga —


Ga Wellbeing Information:
CON Opponents Gain A Round In Newest Legislative Fight Above Overall health Treatment Rules


It would not be a Georgia Standard Assembly session without the need of a intense debate about the state’s wellness treatment regulatory apparatus. That procedure, recognised as certificate of will need (CON), mainly governs how the wellbeing treatment market features in the point out. It has been focused annually by legislators proposing reforms to relax its regulations. But these costs have been vigorously – and productively — opposed by Georgia’s clinic field. Dwelling Monthly bill 1547, breaking late in this year’s session, is not just any CON reform invoice. It aims to repeal the entire system in 2025. (Miller, 3/11)


Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Legislature Debates Pandemic Science Without Condition Scientist


Sen. Clint Dixon stood in advance of the Ga Senate final 7 days, he explained, to “fight for the nicely remaining of students.” His invoice, the Unmask Ga Learners Act, was near to passage. And an ally’s proposal to expand its scope from one calendar year to 5 yrs, he reported, was backed by none other than the state’s leading pandemic scientist, Ga Commissioner of General public Wellness Dr. Kathleen Toomey. “The governor did explore this with Dr. Toomey, and she is in favor of the invoice,” as very well as the proposed enlargement, Dixon explained to the senators. That past element was not legitimate, it turned out Toomey had not vetted the expansion. But the exchange highlighted a obvious absence in hearings this yr about expenses on pandemic measures at the state Capitol: testimony from the state’s own public wellbeing pandemic professionals. (Hart, 3/11)

In other updates from Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and California —


Cincinnati Enquirer:
Experiencing Pushback, Cincinnati Council Members Fall Strategy To Ban Soda On Kid’s Menus


A city of Cincinnati proposal that would have banned sugary beverages from currently being incorporated on kid’s menus is being shelved for now, Councilman Greg Landsman advised The Enquirer. The “healthier beverage” legislation was intended to overcome childhood obesity and had assistance from the American Coronary heart Association, the Cincinnati Overall health Division and the Ohio Restaurant Association. It would not have banned the sale of sugary beverages by eating places, just their inclusion on children’s menus. Shoppers could have still asked for sodas for their youngsters. 4 other Ohio metropolitan areas, and other across the country, have previously handed equivalent laws. (Coolidge, 3/10)


AP:
St. Louis County Guy Awarded $20 Million In Asbestos Suit 


A south St. Louis County person who sued Ford Motor Co. around his publicity to asbestos has been awarded $20 million. In his lawsuit, William Trokey, 76, alleged that his publicity to asbestos even though operating on Ford brakes as a gas station mechanic in the 1960s led to him being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a sort of most cancers. (3/12)


Omaha Environment-Herald:
Omaha Town Council Will Think about Stripping Health and fitness Director Of Pandemic Authority


A proposal heading ahead of the Omaha City Council on Tuesday would strip decision-generating powers from the metropolis well being director in the occasion of an epidemic. Underneath the proposed ordinance, the town wellbeing director would only have the electrical power to certify the existence of an epidemic. Soon after a risk is identified, a freshly set up special epidemic overall health director would be dependable for coming up with a prepare to take care of it. (Stephens, 3/12)

KHN:
Inspite of Seniors’ Solid Drive To Age In Spot, The Village Design Stays A Boutique Option 

Twenty years in the past, a team of groundbreaking older grownups in Boston created an modern organization for persons dedicated to ageing in put: Beacon Hill Village, an all-in-a single social club, volunteer collective, action middle, peer-to-peer assistance team, and network for different services. Its concept of “we want to age our way in our properties and our community” was groundbreaking at the time and commanded prevalent focus. Villages would mobilize neighbors to serve neighbors, anchor more mature adults in their communities, and develop into an essential part of the infrastructure for ageing in position in The usa, specialists predicted. (Graham, 3/14)

KHN:
Pay attention: An Unsettling Investigation Into The Closure Of A Chain Of Ache Clinics

Final spring, Lags Professional medical Facilities, a sprawling chain of soreness clinics serving far more than 20,000 patients in California, abruptly shuttered amid a cloaked condition investigation into “credible allegations of fraud.” Tens of hundreds of individuals had been left scrambling for care, most of them very low-money Californians covered by state and federal insurance programs. Several have struggled for entry to their professional medical data and to obtain medical doctors who would renew long-standing opioid prescriptions. In the months due to the fact, the state has declined to elaborate on the concerns that prompted its investigation, which is ongoing. (3/14)


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