Florida has become the latest front in the war against kratom—a substance derived from a tree whose leaves can be brewed as a tea to relieve pain and anxiety, but can also produce feelings of euphoria. Opponents of kratom say it is highly addictive, claiming it is responsible for several deaths and increasing emergency room visits across the country since it was introduced to the United States from Southeast Asia.
Currently, kratom is banned in two countries where it is grown: Malaysia and Thailand. It is also banned in Australia and Burma, as well as in Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. There is also a ban in Sarasota County, Florida.
State Rep. Kristen Jacobs (D–Broward) filed House Bill 287 in the Florida House of Representatives in January 2015. Her bill would have made kratom a Schedule I controlled substance in the state, classifying it as a drug with a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit. About the same time, state Sen. Greg Evers (R-Pensacola), introduced...
Consumer Power Report #470
Since 2014, when most health insurance requirements established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were fully implemented, the cost of health insurance has increased for every significant demographic. According to a study by HealthPocket, Inc., average monthly premiums for U.S. women age 30 increased 35 percent from 2013 to the end of 2014. Men of the same age saw premiums rise a whopping 73 percent.
Many older Americans also witnessed significant cost bumps for...
Since the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
Act in 2009, doctors and medical practices treating Medicare and Medicaid patients have been under orders by the federal government to implement electronic health records (EHRs).
Those failing to use EHRs risk having their reimbursement rates reduced.
The Centers for Disease Control indicates some 78 percent of office-based physicians were using some version of an electronic records system in 2013, with 48...