Bob Glynn Dean Jr., who the AP reports has already lost his state licenses for doing evacuations during Hurricane Ida, has now been arrested on charges of fraud and abuse. The AP also reports that a Justice Department investigation found that Maine is over-institutionalizing young people with disabilities.

AP: Nursing home owner arrested after residents injured in Ida

The owner of seven nursing homes in Louisiana, who last year sent more than 800 of his elderly residents to an overcrowded, poorly equipped warehouse to wait out Hurricane Ida, was arrested Wednesday on charges of fraud and abuse related to appalling conditions. Bob Glynn Dean Jr., 68, has already lost state licenses and federal funding for relocating his residents to a facility in the city of Independence, about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of New Orleans. There, authorities said, they found sick and elderly people bedridden on mattresses on the wet floor, some screaming for help, some lying in their own feces. According to one doctor, some arrived without medication. Civil lawsuits against Dean’s corporation said the ceiling was leaking, the toilets in the stuffy warehouse were overflowing, and there was too little food and water. (McGill, 22/6)

News from Maine

AP: DOJ: State of Maine Violates ADA Rules When Caring for Children with Disabilities

Maine is unnecessarily institutionalizing young people with mental health and developmental disabilities due to a lack of sufficient community services to allow them to stay in their homes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday, declaring a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act . The Justice Department launched an investigation after a Maine disability advocacy group filed a complaint on behalf of a group of children. The advocacy organization stated that children were unable to access public services, resulting in institutionalization or risk of institutionalization, which violated the ADA. (Whittle, 06/22)

Bangor Daily News: Maine Attorney General close to releasing legal roadmap for PFAS lawsuits

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said his office is finalizing a legal framework to prosecute manufacturers of so-called chemicals forever. Last fall, the Attorney General’s Office began soliciting applications from law firms willing to help represent the state in legal cases against chemical companies that make PFAS. Used for decades in consumer products, certain varieties of PFAS β€” short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl β€” have been linked to health problems. And there are a growing number of PFAS hotspots across the state, many of which have been linked to contaminated municipal sludge or industrial waste that has been spread to farm fields as fertilizer. (Miller, 6/22)

In other health news from across the US –

Florida Health News: DeSantis Signs Bill to Increase Oversight of Benefit Managers at Pharmacies

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill (HB 357) that would increase oversight of pharmacy managers, who serve as a sort of intermediary between health insurers and pharmacies. The bill, in part, would give the Insurance Regulatory Authority more power over pharmacy benefit managers. Small pharmacies have long complained about pharmacy benefit managers representing health insurance companies in negotiations with drug companies and pharmacies. (6/22)

North Carolina Health News: House Leader Proposes Medicaid Expansion Plan

On Wednesday morning, a group of activists trying to convince the General Assembly to expand the state’s Medicaid program began their day with a prayer service. By the end of the day, they seemed to be getting closer to having their prayers answered. After weeks of telling reporters that considering closing this gap in health insurance would be too much of an ordeal for the end of this year’s legislative working session, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) has submitted a countermeasure plan from his House, one that was introduced in the Senate a few weeks ago. (Hoban, 6/23)

St. Louis Public Radio: 42-Foot Bus Delivers On-Demand Drug and Alcohol Treatment to North St. Louis

Drug and alcohol abuse counseling and treatment will soon arrive in three northern St. Louis neighborhoods on a 42-foot bus. The doctors, nurses, and therapists on the bus, operated by the Black Alcohol and Drug Service Information Center, are committed to providing immediate help to black residents in the area. The therapy bus will stop five times a week at the back yards of CareSTL Health clinics in the Greater Ville, Riverview and Wells-Goodfellow areas. People visiting the mobile treatment center can receive therapeutic evaluation, drug and alcohol counseling, and medication for those suffering from withdrawal symptoms. (Henderson, 6/23)

KHN: Trump’s legacy grows larger as Colorado seeks to close Hispanic insurance gap

Armando Peniche Rosales has a crooked toe that has predicted the weather for years, becoming sensitive when rain or cold approaches. β€œIt never healed properly,” said Peniche Rosales, who broke his left middle toe years ago as a high school football player in Denver and hobbled home without seeing a doctor. At the time, he was living in the US without permission. From the age of 9, when he moved to Denver, until the age of 20, he had no health insurance. (Bichell and Gavrilyuk, 23.06.)

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