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January 23, 2020

Around the nation: This teen suffered a heart attack in 2017. Now, he's scoring points on the basketball team.

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    Jeroy Ellis this month scored his first points in a varsity basketball game at Jeffersonville High School, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Michigan.

    • District of Columbia/Michigan: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected two appeals by state and local officials who sought to block a lawsuit that alleges city and government officials knowingly permitted Flint's water supply to become contaminated. The decision upholds a lower court that said the case could proceed. The lower court found the defendants had violated Flint residents' right to "bodily integrity" when they changed Flint's water supply as part of a cost-cutting measure in 2014 (Chung, Reuters, 1/21).

    • Indiana/Kentucky: After experiencing a heart attack during a junior varsity basketball game and being treated at Norton Children's Hospital in December 2017, Jeroy Ellis this month scored his first points in a varsity basketball game at Jeffersonville High School. Since his heart attack, Ellis has had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in his chest and has been taking Nadolol twice daily to prevent his blood vessels from thickening (Kim, Louisville Courier Journal/ USA Today, 1/19)

    • Louisiana: Louisiana's state procurement officer Paula Tregre has rescinded multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts awarded by Gov. John Bel Edwards' (D) administration after Tregre determined the administration failed to follow state laws and guidelines when choosing insurers to manage the care of 90% of the state's Medicaid beneficiaries. Tregre said the state's health department must redo the bid process. Her decision is not expected to disrupt Medicaid services because the Edwards administration has extended the state's five current Medicaid managed care contractors through 2020, the Associated Press reports (Deslatte, AP/U.S. News & World Report, 1/18).

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