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President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods will raise the cost of medical equipment in the U.S. by about $400 million per year, according to an analysis the conservative American Action Forum plans to release later today.
The details: Higher tariffs will affect 50 types of medical products, including MRI machines and a variety of surgical tools. All told, that’s about $1.8 billion worth of imports, AAF says.
Three drug distributors shipped 1.6 billion opioid doses to Missouri between 2012 and 2017, according to a new report from Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.
Between the lines: That's 260 pills per Missourian, over a five-year period.
The impact: McCaskill's report doesn't accuse any of the companies of illegal action, but several lawsuits do. If it's found that drugmakers and distributors broke the law, they could be on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars.
When Envision Healthcare was testing the waters for an acquisition earlier this year, the emergency room and surgery services firm attracted a lot of interest from private equity firms, according to a regulatory filing released this week. Not one, not two, but nine private equity groups submitted full cash offers for Envision in February.
The bottom line: KKR won the Envision sweepstakes with a $46 per share bid. But the large bidding war for a health care company that has become infamous for its out-of-network billing practices reinforces that private equity isn’t shy about pursuing a profitable health care niche, even when critics contend it soaks some patients in unforeseen bills.
Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate in Ohio's open gubernatorial race, has pledged to leave the state's Medicaid expansion intact while trying to add work requirements to the program, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Why it matters: The ACA's Medicaid expansion is pretty popular.
Flashback, per the Dispatch: "What Republican Gov. John Kasich saw as DeWine balking over the Medicaid expansion led the governor, in part, to withhold his immediate endorsement of the attorney general after DeWine’s primary win."