While we applaud the recognition of the problem and the effort to solve it, it is imperative that recommendations, and particularly mandates, are evidence-based and are not so costly that they jeopardize alternative, proven strategies.One approach that is gaining energy both at state and national levels would be to require payers to cover abuse-deterrent opioids.
Environmentalists were alarmed when the new administration also overhauled the White House's energy pages, removing some information on climate change.If successful, the Massachusetts bill would launch the state into the company of states with similar aggressive decarbonization goals.So far, the state has mandated 1,600 MW of offshore wind, and is seeking to set an energy storage goal. Sean Garballey, one of the bill's sponsors, said in a statement that the measure "provides a bold step by placing the Commonwealth on a path to a cleaner and more sustainable future." He said eliminating the use of fossil fuels would encourages job creation and provide health and environmental benefits. The legislation would require the state's Department of Energy Resources to set binding targets for carbon-free energy growth in major sectors of the economy, and issue regulations to ensure that Massachusetts stays on track towards 100% renewable energy by 2050.The rationale for the arbitrary “grandfathering” date is murky and ambiguous at best.In the past 12 months, several states have passed laws specifically disallowing reliance on MOC for credentialing, payment, and contracting. Serendipitously, Oklahoma had success with Senate Bill 1148 — the same bill number for legislation courageously authored by Texas State Sen.The free, immediate, and unrestricted access to research will accelerate innovation, helping to reduce global inequity and empower the world’s poorest people to transform their own lives.