Good morning ... Situational awareness: The Trump administration's final rules on association health plans likely are imminent.
Border agents take a father and son into custody in Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Separating children from their parents at the border and keeping them in temporary detention centers is a form of child abuse, the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics said yesterday.
“This does amount to child abuse. These children have been traumatized in their trip up to the border, and the first thing that happens is we take away the one constant in their life that helps them buffer all of these horrible experiences,” AAP president Colleen Kraft said on CNN.
Go deeper: If you’ve been confused about how this process unfolds and when the Department of Health and Human Services gets involved, Axios’ Stef Kight has you covered.
Democrats clearly see a winning 2018 issue in the Trump administration’s approach to pre-existing conditions. They — and vulnerable incumbents in particular — have been hammering away at the Justice Department’s attempts to strike down the Affordable Care Act protections for sick people.
Moderate GOP governors joined in yesterday. Ohio’s John Kasich, Maryland’s Larry Hogan and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval signed a statement calling on the Justice Department to reverse its position.
What’s next: Conservatives are expected to release some details of their new ACA repeal plan today, ahead of a formal rollout Wednesday.
Vitals reported last month on the shocking accuracy with which Google’s artificial-intelligence tools can predict patients’ deaths. But that’s just the beginning of what the tech giant has in mind.
Bloomberg describes some of Google's other aspirations:
Maine Gov. Paul LePage is appealing a judge’s order requiring him to carry out the state’s Medicaid expansion. But that court has told LePage he still needs to comply with that ruling even while he appeals it, according to the Associated Press.
The big question: LePage is clearly going to fight this as long as he can. The only question is whether he’ll run out of options before he leaves office in January.
What we're watching today: Senate health committee hearing on the 340B drug discount program.
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